Picture Pages: Guinea Pig Festival in Peru

Adorable photo, am I right? It’s from the Guinea Pig Festival in Peru, where the locals make intricate little costumes and parade the critters around all cute-like for a fashion show. Which is where the slideshow is all fine and good. But as you click through, you will reach the images where they are cooking the fuckers and serving them up! “Around 65 million guinea pigs are eaten in Peru every year” says one photo caption.

Look, I’m not here to judge what animals one chooses to eat, I’m sure there’s a few branches on my family tree that have a recipe for squirrel stew that’ll curl your toes with its deliciousness. But I’m betting they did not dress up said squirrel in a miniature Minnie Pearl outfit and parade it around town before chucking it into the stew pot. But maybe it’s just some cultural insensitivity on my part. I am nothing if not ignorant. Anyway! The image of the guinea pig street meat is after the jump, for those of you with sensitive stomachs or an attachment to a pet from your childhood.

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68 Responses to Picture Pages: Guinea Pig Festival in Peru

  1. jellykean says:

    This is Horrible! and yet I can’t stop laughing…

  2. ephemerist says:

    It is horrifying!

  3. Kevin says:

    I agree with you it is horrifying … but tihnk about this. Just because animals are not killed in front of you before they are eaten does not make it any better. Next time you eat meat, think of where it comes from …

  4. beth says:

    how do they kill them…are they fried alive?
    I think this is just terrible…what is wrong with people
    These poor things know they will be killed…they can sense death.
    Just horrible

  5. terry says:

    meat is meat and when it is sweet that is a treat! Grow up… GOD gives us all free will and the need for self preservation if you need guide lines then turn to the bible or any “good” book of your religion and do not judge others for your ignorance! PETA MM GOOD People EaTing Animals.

    yes Florida locals do think yanks are funny

    just so you know a YANKY is a name earned by people, who say… it is better where they came from but wont go back we do not need another little NY, NJ, RI, ECT…






    • Hanna says:

      Guinea pigs are too cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      to eat,I have three.ps all lifes have value!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Kaylynn says:

      But GOD doesnt waste his time making animals, just for us to murder them then devour them!!

    • Kaylynn says:

      But GOD doesn’t waste his time making animals, just for us to murder them then devour them!!

  6. Meaghan says:

    I think it is just horrid that these people would eat a small innocent animal that is the Guinea Pig. If they are frying them alive, then that is animal cruelty and is horrible. They should be fried alive to feel their pain. Stupid f****** Peruvians. >:-P

  7. Chloé says:

    Ooooooh !
    Poor guinea pig ! =(

  8. a vegan soldier says:

    No one would give a shit if Guinea Pigs were ugly. Stop loving and trying to protect only the cute animals. I bet if they were dressing up and “frying alive (give me a break)” cockroaches no one would give a shit.

    • daveka says:

      i agree with you!! i luv all animals!! including bugs!!

    • Oh, brother... says:

      Agreed! Not our place to determine what’s appropriate in another culture. Other cultures think we’re disgusting for eating pigs and cattle. Who says we’re right?

      Ethnocentric: look it up!

      By the way, guinea pigs/cavies are bred and raised for food the way we do chickens. That’s why they get so fat (the ones in the wild are much leaner from having to survive). So what’s next? Free range cavies? Ridiculous. They’re little bunnies without the ears. And people eat those, too.

  9. Tyson says:

    man in the picture the person that has the fork thing eat a salad but no guinea pigs or ill kill u

  10. cheeselover135 says:

    GOD! who would do such a thing? I think that it is horrible to cook ALL animals, not just the “cute” ones. I totally agree with you! I’d bet if the worlds ugliest animal was being cook like that, no one would give a shit. I don’t know anyone who would! Who ever doesn’t care about what is being done to all of these poor animals,you are a shit face. I’m serious. this is terrible. I’m not a vegetarian or anything, but it is still sad. We have no sacrifice. Just a nice, steak dinner. So sad! copy and paste this paragraph if you agree!

  11. i agree with animal lover ! fuck you all and i int guna stop thinking the way i do about these dayuuum old as people!

  12. animal lover says:

    why are they killing these helpless animals wat did the animals ever do to the people uhg fucking b!thces juust cuse these animals don’t talk doesnt mean they cant tell you whts going on these are animals are beautiful i had a guinea pig for 8 yrs and i would never ever ever imgen me eating one of the difensless creatures juust cause they re poor and have nothing to et doesnt mean they should be able to et guinea pigs like they do would they like to be in a cage filled with guinea pigs juust knowing they are gona be killed wouldyou like to feel that NO! i want to stop these all yOU animl eatters re biotchs!!!

  13. Susan says:

    In Peru, women had no right and could own none of the domestic large animals. They were allowed to own the guinea pigs that scampered around the kitchen eating the leftover vegies from making meals. Some people taught the women how to make it into a business. The profits from that gave them powere enough to win the right to vote and have rights to own more.

    The guinea pigs are killed quickly without pain by a quick twist in the neck after a life of running and pooping freely. That is a lot better than the animal who are expoited raped with artificial insemination, locked up in birthing and veal cages, overworked for milk and eggs before being kicked around and abused in rodeos and all are eventually killed in slow and painful deaths. If they are for kosher(jewish) or halal(moslem) food then it is a very slow death by bleeding from a throat slit. That is because the religiously their gods told them they cannot eat anything with blood and this is their way of tricking their own god into killing animals. Guinea pigs are supposed to be best at 6 months hence the tiny girl pigs next to bigger male pig.

    My son has a guinea pig and even though I tease him when he doesn’t feed her on time, that I will give her to a peruvian family, I do all the cleaning and bathing of her and (feed her when he forgets) because she is part of the family now. But we also have a rescued tarantula in a big tank in the bathroom as well had a fly for a day that he hand-fed because it was too week after buzzing in a lamp all day.

    If it comes in our home, it is safe from harm. The mouse under the kitchen sink has her own food and water bowls since she showed up last year.

  14. kat says:

    personally i’ve eaten it. It looks horrible, tastes good. I guarentee all the haters above aren’t vegetarians.


    peruvians r great.

  15. S says:

    Anyone of these critics include meat in their diets? Yes? Then I wouldn’t be one to criticize others for what they eat. Pigs are considered to be intelligent but is anyone here decrying how their a food source here in the States apart from PETA folks? Nope. No, guinea pigs are not fried alive. They’re killed just like any other livestock is killed before it’s cooked. Talk about being sheltered.

  16. daveka says:

    THIS IS TERRIBLE!! who would kill and eat poor little guinea pigs!! here in canada they are our faithful pets!! i have one of my own!! and she is treated like GOLD!!

  17. i love my guinea pig says:


  18. Kay says:

    Yeah, it’s horrible, just like killing any animal is. I’m not going to judge the Peruvians any more for eating guinea pigs than I would Americans for eating pigs (said to be more intelligent than dogs) or the Chinese for eating dogs (although it personally horrifies me, as a dog lover). Cows are sacred to the Hindus, and it must seem horrible to them that much of the world enjoys beef. I always felt like a hypocrite for being upset about dogs and other animals I liked being eaten, while still eating other animals… and that’s one of the many reasons I became a vegetarian and love it! Ethnocentricism is definitely what’s going on in a lot of these comments. Just b/c an animal isn’t your definition of cute, or it’s not considered a pet in your culture, doesn’t mean it deserves to be killed any more than a darling guinea pig you consider a pet.

    And as someone else said, if THIS disturbs you, you should read about factory farming and slaughterhouse conditions. FAR more disturbing than the lives and deaths of these guinea pigs, and it makes its way to your plate every day if you eat meat here in the US (unless you eat exclusively free-range, but even that can just mean the animal has enough room to turn around in its cage or something- usually it didn’t get to run around free in a beautiful pasture until it was humanely euthanized or whatever.) 95% of meat consumed in America is from agribusiness’s environmentally destructive factory farm industry. Just some food for thought… eat meat if you want, but don’t be uneducated or a hypocrite.

    And give your guinea pig some extra timothy hay tonight!

  19. ordinaryasyou says:

    Why don’t you all try going hungry for a few weeks then tell me you wouldn’t eat a guinea pig.

  20. Mia says:

    infact i have two guinea pigs of my own and i would never eat them i just feel like i want to cry some times because how people abuse there guinea pigs and how they thing its so funny whell its not whell imagine youre self being a guinea pig. and the guinea pig was you and being you the next time you want to kill a guinea pig just tell your self dont do it because guinea pigs have feelings to like any other animal or human.

    • aNIMALSROCK says:

      Mia I agree I have Three Guinea pigs of my own I got tears in my eyes when I saw this web page!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Colaney says:

    Not to affend the Peruvians, but these little critters are so cute, and as to killing any little creature, now that is just kind of sad. The thing is dressing them up makes them cute and you may grow an attachment to them, which is why I think this is a BAD idea… But don’t cook them.. Try having them as a pet, and see if you want to eat them now. They are really great to have as a pet, I have one and they are great.. But just dont cook them..Little kids are ggrowing in preu and are thinking that is it GOOD to eat thoes cute little things buut it IS NOT IT IS ABNORMAL. Perhaps stop before they get extinct. We may eat pigs, but we don’t dress them up thank you very much..

    • K says:

      Yet raising children in a society that consumes meat from lambs, pigs, cattle, poultry does nothing to make them think it’s okay to raise animals and KILL them for the sake of a meal. Well isn’t that just ethnocentric dandy. I bet followers of Hinduism sure think beef eaters are abnormal.

    • Anon says:

      Dude, pigs are extremely smart and people do have them as pets, and yes, dress them up. Think before you open your mouth

  22. Farron says:

    well guinea pigs are great who would ever eat one thats just teribal

  23. fuckamericans says:

    I hate Americans you guys are a bunch of hypocrites, Americans should not have discovered guinea pigs, you guys eat greasy burgers and you felt no guilt from killing cows and pigs just because they were not cute.

    • K says:

      By the way, for all u people that think that since america slotters cows that there is no difference in slottering guinea pigs, let me tell u somethin. I want u to try to teach a cow how to do tricks. I want to try to have a cow in ur house as a pet. Cows r dumb. The only thing a regular cow does for us is provide food. Guinea pigs are fun to play with and are pretty smart. (probably smarter than a cow) Pigs… I don’t know about them. They r up there in intelligence, if u know what I mean. America is guilty for that because the only reason for the fact that pigs r eaten and not pets is because they aren’t cute, they r fattening, and they taste good. At least that is all I can think of.

      • Anon says:

        You’re a hypocrite and an idiot. Cows are every bit as smart as some cavy, every bit as cute, and can easily bond with people.

        I eat cows, and I sure as hell would eat a guinea pig.

        Also, “are” is spelled A-R-E, not “r.” Likewise, “you” is Y-O-U, not “u.”

    • K says:

      And also, we don’t parade are cows and pigs around before they are killed.

    • Robert Stever says:

      Americans didn’t discover guinea pigs. You’re a few thousand years off. Read a book and you will learn more.

  24. fuckamericans says:

    Closeminded Americans! and you were wondering why the whole world hates you.

  25. Leah Baker says:

    that is disgusting I agree yes we all eat differently but seriously when was the last time you saw a cow, chicken, pig or sheep parade with them all dressed up before you ate their meat? Gross I say. I think if you are going to eat something let it have a good life that is why I only buy free range products. Animal cruelty is a huge issue in our society.

    • mary diebold says:

      Ok, here it is. My precious piggies (Miss Bee, Fire Cracker (her son), and Miss Mona are family. I have never been, and never hope to be in a situation where I have to eat my family. I would rather have rice, or tofu. Or a tuna sandwich and a Tab. Or tripe or squid. Or clams. None of those things have I N T E L L I G E N C E !!!!!!! or are capable of showering you with love and (real) kisses. “Never kiss your Guinea Pig on the lips”, my big fat white ass!!! They have medicine, in case you pickup a zoonosis. (Yeah, I am aware that there is a soft form of their droppings that they must consume. Say-la-gar, kay sare a sare a) These creatures appreciate the extra effort when my man and I pick sweet grass for them, or dandelions, and they show it by cuddling up to us and singing softly and sweetly. Ok, I get the whole Peru, Andrew Zimern argument. If that’s all you have for nutrition, do what you gotta do. Here, in Western New York, we’ll just continue to love on our cavies and make their lives as wonderful as they make ours. (By the way, one 0f these days, Andrew Zimern is gonna wake up with one hell of a bellyache and there won’t be enough pepto-bismol to put out the fire!) Miss Bee has her own princess outfit complete with tiara. She hates it. Fire Cracker hates his soldier (camo) outfit.

  26. iluvmyyguineapig"fluffy"! says:

    i dont understand how ****americans could even say what he/she is saying?……what freaks

  27. Kaylynn says:

    Whats the point in killing an animal that could have a nice long happy life when all we do is eat them then it stays in our digestive system for only a couple of days?!!!!

  28. Kaylynn says:

    Whats the point in killing an animal that could have a nice long happy life when all we do is eat them then it stays in our digestive system for only a couple of days?!!!!!

  29. ashleigh eland says:

    This is very disterbing, i have 2 guenea pigs of my own and i would never do that. i may dress them up but never ever eat then. its WRONG. you dirty B*****ds.

  30. Braden says:

    This is fucking discusting. When I seen this picture I cried so hard.. It took me 2 days to keep my tears back.. I have 9 guinea pigs.. I would never hurt them.. I would rather be killed and have there life spared.. They are little and helpless.. They dont diserve this and I am absoloutley discusted.. All they want is a home.. somewhere they can be comfortable.. Fuck you peruvian cunts! Burn in Hell!

  31. Diego says:

    All rigth then, time to get things straight. First of all, I’m peruvian, so I know about what I will talk about. Second, I’ve owned cuyes (or guinea pigs, as you people call them) AS PETS, so I know what you talk about. Now I will ask you to leave your mono-cultural bubble for a second and start thinking in a more open way. Let’s get going:

    “Cuyes” (plural form of “cuy”, which is the REAL name of these little buddies) are native from Peru, South America (NOT GUINEA, so they ain’t “Guinea Pigs”, FFS!!!). If you do a little of research, you will find that the ancient inhabitants of the peruvian Andes domesticated the cuyes 7,000 years ago, as a source of meat, and they have been used that way since then. Today, the cuy meat is an important component of peruvian gastronomy, and is part of the alimentation of a lot of people in the Andes region (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and more).

    As pets, cuyes have a more recent history. As a former owner of one, I know they are very cute and loving pets, and I understand your concern about this article. But please, you must understand that the world is more bigger than your country, and there are many forms of culture in it. Breeding and eating cuyes has been part of the culture of andean people for much more years than the time the europeans arrived to this continent, and way more time than these animals have been owned as pets. So, if you don’t like what you see, it’s OK, but please refrain to insult the way of life of my compatriots. Thanks.

    • Diego says:

      BTW, the only time I had to eat a cuy, was when I was invited to a wedding in Cuzco. They served us a typical dish which contained a half of a cuy. As a former owner of one, I was pretty shocked, but for politeness I had to dig it. It was pretty good, I must confess, but I didn’t finish it by a long way. Since then I’ve never eaten cuy meat again, but I don’t start complaining when I see someone eating it. If they want to, it’s OK for me.

      That’s called tolerance, something that Lisa Simpson talked about in that episode when se becomes a vegetarian. I bet you remeber it.

    • Anon says:

      Thank you…I am so embarrassed by the xenophobia of my fellow Americans. I wish people would step back and realize that there is life outside of their privileged little bubbles.

    • Clover says:

      I don’t care where someone is from or how long they’ve done it. Eating other beings is stupid. Peru sourced potatoes. There’s thousands of other things to eat there and anywhere.
      And I’m not xenophobic, I’m vegan. Rape and murder have gone on thousands of years, sounds like a great excuse to continue. Human sacrifice, we should bring that back too.
      War is still going on, it’s awesome isn’t it??

  32. D says:

    Guinea pigs are small, helpless, and smart creatures that, in my opinion and many others, should not be eaten. This is terrible and disgusting. These animals should be used as pets and not as a food source. I understand that, in some areas, guinea pigs are needed in order to have any food. But, if there is other food for them to eat, then the should not roast guinea pigs like that and they should let them live.

  33. K says:

    By the way, for all u people that think that since america slotters cows that there is no difference in slottering guinea pigs, let me tell u somethin. I want u to try to teach a cow how to do tricks. I want to try to have a cow in ur house as a pet. Cows r dumb. The only thing a regular cow does for us is provide food. Guinea pigs are fun to play with and are pretty smart. (probably smarter than a cow)

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  35. jennifer says:

    Anyone that can’t find something too eat other than a guinea pigs is one sick human being. I won’t even call you a human. I would call you a cold heartless monster that really needs some therapy. To kill something like this and eat it is sick and disgusting. I hope anyone who puts this in there mouth gets so FREAKING SICK you never eat again. I bought a guinea pig for my daughter as her 1st pet. He is the kindest most loving animal I have ever been around. He would not hurt a fly. Anyone that would put pain to something so small and helpless is a scared,heartless idiot who wants too put forth no effort to fix a decent meal for their family. They want too do it the easy,fast and cheapest way. All because your a nasty,lazy excuse for a person who don’t won’t to work for their food.Go hunt down and try to kill something that can at least defend it’s self. Work for your food. You all are just a bunch of stupid, lazy,VERY ignorant monsters with no education on how to provide for yourself or your family. If you can’t feed your family without killing an animal so helpless don’t freaking eat.Stop having child after child that you alreday can’t provide a decent meal for. But, no you keep having children learn about birth control. Instead of how to kill a defenseless animal. I wish that anyone who has killed and ate a guinea could be tortured thay way they are and eaten. Maybe, this would come too an abrupt end. Because, pay back is a total bitch. You all have it coming for you. What I like is that you never know when. I hope you hurt for years. You all SUCK!!!! I hope rot in HELL!!!!!

  36. natile says:

    That’s Awful

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