"No news is good news"
armadillo beating blows the lid off Texas'
black market, Craigslist armadillo trade
Texas is making national news for what is an unquestionably
bizarre crime: A Dallas man beat a 57-year-old woman with a frozen
armadillo, in a haggling gone terribly awry. As KDFW reported, the
altercation (which has only come out this week) actually took place
in late September, with the woman planning to buy the frozen armadillo
to eat. The two began to argue over the price in an apartment complex
parking lot, and "the man twice threw the armadillo at the woman.
The animal first struck the woman in the leg and then in her chest."
The woman suffered bruises, and the man — who is still on the loose
— could face assault charges. Armadillo meat is apparently something
of a delicacy, popular in Central and South America and in the United
States during the Great Depression. It is eaten "baked, barbecued,
or turned into chili," in spite of a Texas law that prohibits the
sale of live armadillo. And in disregard to the animal's link to
leprosy. All it takes is a quick Craigslist search to learn that
it's possible to purchase live — or slaughtered — 'dillos, as well
as jerky, by questionable means. Who knew?