Sunday 22 October 2017

Baby gannet 'championship' sparks ban call

A baby gannet - the pickled version of which is known as 'guga'
A baby gannet - the pickled version of which is known as 'guga'

The first ever 'world championship' for eating pickled baby gannets known as 'guga' has sparked new calls for a total ban on the Hebridean tradition of hunting chicks by hitting them with sticks.

The event takes place on the Isle of Lewis. Football team Ness FC Social Club are staging the competition in the face of opposition from animal rights campaigners, who claim the method of hunting is cruel.

Twenty contestants will race to eat half a gannet chick, or guga, with a side dish of potatoes in the quickest time.

The birds are killed with a stick, decapitated, singed in fire and pickled. The taste is described as being similar to a mixture of duck and salted mackerel.

Irish Independent

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