Eating beaver is an aphrodisiac, Polish minister claims, as he calls for the animals to be declared an edible species and hunted
- Agriculture Minister Krzysztof Ardanowski made the statement in parliament
- Mr Ardanowski said hunting quotas for beavers were far from being depleted
- Some cultures believe the tail is an aphrodisiac but it is not medically proven
- But they are protected under the 1979 Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats
Beavers should be hunted and eaten as their tails are an aphrodisiac, Poland’s agriculture minister has said.
Krzysztof Ardanowski said in parliament: ‘If people recall that the tail of the beaver has, apparently, aphrodisiacal qualities, perhaps this problem could be solved.’
The minister said hunting quotas for beavers, which are protected under the 1979 Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, were far from being depleted.
Krzysztof Ardanowski (pictured) said beavers should be hunted and eaten as their tails are an aphrodisiac
But there is no medical evidence to suggest beavers’ (stock picture) tails act as an aphrodisiac or other another claim that it is a cure for epilepsy
Mr Ardanowski added that ‘at the moment no one knows what to do’ with a beaver carcass, according to footage aired by the TVN24 network today.
‘Currently it is not clear what to do with a beaver, even if it has already been hunted.
‘If people were to recall that the tail of beavers – allegedly – has traits of an aphrodisiac, it may turn out that the beaver problem will disappear.’
He said he has taken steps to list beavers and European bison on the list of animals that can be hunted and considered an edible species.
Mr Ardanowski called for an alliance between farmers groups and others such as the Polish Hunting Union.
And he added that ritual slaughter for the Muslim meat market will be done, saying that those who do not like it ‘just have to live with it’.
The beaver is a very active rodent, known for building in aquatic environments or wetlands, as well as making dams and attacking trees. This leaves it unpopular with some people.
But there is no medical evidence to suggest beavers’ tails act as an aphrodisiac or other another claim that it is a cure for epilepsy.
It is believed in some cultures the castoreum it produces, a resin-like exudate from mature beavers’ castor sacs, may help in some treatments as it contains salicylic acid – used for skin conditions such as acne and dandruff.
The beaver (stock picture) is a very active rodent, known for building in aquatic environments or wetlands, attacking trees, dams and other natural features
The Agriculture Minister (left, meeting Romanian Agriculture Minister Petre Daea on June 4) said he has taken steps to list beavers and European bison on the list of animals that can be hunted and considered an edible species
And in medieval times, doctors used it for issues including headaches, cramps, hysteria, nervousness and impotence.
The Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats aimed to give particular attention to endangered and vulnerable species including endangered and vulnerable migratory species.
It also looks to conserve wild flora and fauna and their natural habitats as well as promote cooperation between EU states.
States signed up to the convention – including the United Kingdom, Holland and Belgium – have to promote national conservation policies, promote measures against pollution, promote educational and informative measures, co-ordinate efforts to protect migratory species and establish legislative and administrative measures.
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