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    Catholic News Service:  Muscrat is OK to Eat for Lent (in Michigan)

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    The Catholic News Service reports that in parts of Michigan, Catholics don't have to abstain from eating meat on Fridays in Lent. Instead, they're allowed to carry on their tradition of serving muskrat. The custom apparently goes back to the early 1800s, when a missionary in Michigan allowed French-Canadian trappers to consume the rodents because the trappers and their families were going hungry not eating meat during Lent. The missionary reasoned that muskrats were an acceptable substitute for fish, since they live in and around the water.


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    1. RevJeff on Fri, March 30, 2007

      Growing up in Minnesota and marrying a Michigander I can assure you ... It tastes like chicken.

    2. James on Fri, March 30, 2007

      doesn’t everything?!  (insert smiley face here)

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