The Guinea Pig is a cute Little Pet but keeping them as pets is not what people from Peru do with them. To them, Guiney pigs are slaughtered for their meat. In fact, these tasty animals are fast becoming so popular in South America, that restaurants on both the East Coast as well as the West coast, cannot keep up with the demand. In Spanish, they are called cuyes and are usually cooked whole, sometimes grilled and often deep fried. Most diners eat the whole animal, from head to toe.
To us, Guinea pigs have always been popular cute pets, while in South America, these animals have long been a valuable food source, particularly in Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia, where they have been eaten for generations. Now they are being munched on by bored North American middle-class foodies with a taste for extreme – exotic delicacies. In the US, If these animals are not being munched on, they are being Photographed or blogged to death.