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Beppe Bignazzi shocked the nation by saying cat stew is a Tuscan delicacy he has enjoyed many times
Beppe Bignazzi shocked the nation by saying cat stew is a Tuscan delicacy he has enjoyed many times
Italian cooking show host claimed to have enjoyed cat stew

A cooking show host who shocked viewers by saying he enjoyed cat stew and had eaten it many times has been suspended by Italian state TV.

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Beppe Bigazzi, the 77-year-old host of a popular morning programme that offers food tips and recipes, said the dish was a popular Tuscan delicacy.

When a young woman appearing on the show was startled by him revealing he has eaten cat stew, he defended his culinary tastes, noting Italians eat rabbit, chicken and pigeons. Horsemeat is also sold in Italian shops.

Among critics was Health Ministry Under-secretary Francesca Martini, who said that Italian law protects pets against mistreatment.

She said Bignazzi's comments flew in the face of growing public sensibility toward animals.

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