On Friday night I was out enjoying the smoke-free bars in Chicago (B B's in particular on Hubbard Street in River North) when I busted out my cheap blog camera (no, not Gerry's awesome blog camera) and snapped a picture of the menu.
Why? you might ask? What caught my eye was - "Turtle Soup" in the upper right of the menu.
The poor turtle doesn't receive much respect. Think about this a minute - when you go to a restaurant you will see the following terms:
"Beef or Steak" not COW
"Ham or Bacon or Pork" not PIG (SWINE?)
"Venison" not DEER
"Veal" not BABY COWS
Some animals, like turtles, don't receive this luxury - probably due to Anthropomorphism, when humans ascribe human-like characteristics to non-human animals (or even objects). People might feel sorry for one of the animals above, but people don't apparently give turtles that same consideration. There are other examples, such as "snakeskin" (we don't call leather jackets "cowskin") but most birds and fish don't get a break and are eaten by name directly.
Just a thought after a few Trumer Pils beers, I guess, which I recommend if you can get it in the cool, narrow glass.