Maybe this is a silly question, but what better place to ask it.
With all the scare stories about undercooked meat, nasty critters hiding on unwashed countertops, jack in the box e-coli burgers, deadly chicken nasties which will kill you unless you burn them and the chicken beyond all recognition, and the like, it got me thinking.
Animals such as lions, tigers, wolves, and just about any carnivorous predator eat raw meat all the time. every day, for their entire lives.
I saw one show on animal planet, i think, in which captive aligators were fed dead chickens. uncooked of course.
The miracle of satellite tv has also taught me that hamburger is especially dangerous (much more so than a steak from the same animal) because it is ground up, and is much more likely to harbor bits of fecal matter.
Now most carnivors surely ingest this, um, matter.
This leads me to the following possible conclusions:
Humans are relatively new to the meat-eating club. We haven’t evolved the resistance to the food-poisoning bacteria that other species have
Animals suffer food poisoning, sometimes to the point of death, all the time. Dogs and cats I have owned have thrown up with much more regularity than i ever have. Altho ugh they didn’t seem to suffer the same ill effects I did when I’ve eaten undercooked animals.
This whole food-poisoning thing is an over-hyped scare. I can point to a few occasions where I’ve become ill after eating undercooked meat, but I seem to have gotten through it ok.
Our mass-producing of animal meat and subsequent processing leads to the spread of a generally rare occurance of bacteria being spread. i.e. chickens crammed into small cages together, cows/lambs/whatever in small enclosed areas with fecal matter being strewn all about and spreading from animal to animal, and finally, the slaughterhouse, where thousands of animals per day are processed. Blood, guts, and whatever else are intermixed with thousands of other animals, so the rare e-coli is spread throughout. A lone chicken hunted in the wild would probably be safer than a processed chiken, in other words.
Well, now i want to be a vegatarian, but anyway. Any theories?