After khotay Lahoris are being fed frog meat?
Sadly from the days of Ayesha Mumtaz and the Punjab Food Authority keeping us safe, what we eat has become a big topic of discussion lately. It’s not only because of recent trends toward eating healthier but also because of the spread of viruses and infections through the food we consume.
Recently, a viral news spread all over social media about 185 kg of frog meat being taken to be sold to innocent people in Lahore
Yes, you read that right. Dead frogs were being transported as frog meat, apparently. Ready for an unFROGettable meal?
According to initial reports, the janbaaz Punjab Police stopped a rickshaw, heading towards the Lahore Food Street where two men were caught carrying big white sacks of frog meat
The Mujahid Squad of Lahore police carried out further investigation and found out that the two were carrying sacks of dead frogs and were going to sell them to restaurants and food vendors in the name of “white meat”. The men were then detained by the police.
Naturally, with Lahoris already having become khota eaters this frog meat became a big topic of discussion
This was considered as a new low for Lahore. It was said that frog meat was being mixed with chicken qeema to make it more profitable. Streetside food stalls were claimed to be using it in kebabs, Chinese dishes, burger patties, and especially “chicken” nuggets.
Local newspaper lapped up this news of frog meat in Lahore and helped spread the reports
Now 200 kg of frog meat seized at Lahore which was probably heading towards the local restaurants. After donkey’s meat another culinary delight for the Lahoris. Mojan ai mojan!!🤩🥺
— Abdul Majeed Khan Marwat (@koolkopper) September 23, 2019
— Khan Zeb 🇵🇰 (@khanzeb_S) September 23, 2019
Yesterday, there was an update on this case saying that frog meat wasn’t actually being sold to restaurants in Lahore
Now it is being claimed that the news was fake and in fact, the two men were heading towards Abkari Road to sell dead frogs to a laboratory which then would supply the frogs to medical universities for students to “dissect the frogs and practice suturing on them.” It was also said that the only reason the police stopped the rikshaw was because they thought the men were carrying frogs of a rare species. They say that the only part true about the story was that the police really did detain the men but that too was only temporarily.
The police apparently also contacted the Punjab Wildlife Department after this in hopes of making the dead load their responsibility but they clearly told the police that the frogs were of no use to them and so the police emptied the sacks down into a river.
Even though it’s being said that the news was fake, I have serious questions so I spoke to people who have experience dissecting frogs – medical students
When I read the news I kind of questioned the fact that they were claiming to sell DEAD frogs to medical students. Now I’m not a med student myself, but from what I know the frogs are pinned down onto dissection trays while still alive. To clear out my doubts, I contacted a few friends from medical colleges to get to know what really goes on.
“How can we practice on dead frogs if what we need to study is the functionality of their hearts and lungs? Their hearts obviously need to be beating and lungs respirating. If the organs are not performing their functions, there’s no point of having a dead frog in front of you”, Laiba Malik who is a student at Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical College explained.
She makes sense you know.
When I asked them how exactly they go about the dissection, Noor Ul Ain, studying at the Jinnah Sindh Medical University clarified saying, “the frogs are actually given anesthesia before we start dissection. They’re very much alive, just unconscious so it’s easier for us to work on them. You know one time when we were in the lab, my frog regained consciousness. I don’t know if it wasn’t given proper anesthesia or if it was left under anesthesia for too long but it actually started hopping around. I’m just glad I hadn’t started the procedure yet.”
On wanting more information about the sutures part of the claim, I got in touch with Areeba from Dow University of Health Sciences. She told MangoBaaz that suturing is most commonly practiced on bananas or chicken with the skin on it. When I suggested practicing sutures on a frog, as the reports claimed.
She explained, “I don’t think frogs would be an ideal specimen to practice on considering how sensitive their skin is. It would get easily ruptured and the sutures won’t hold. And other than that their skin is so slimy and slippery. No, frogs can’t be used.”
All of these explanations make sense to me and I wasn’t the only one raising these questions
People on Twitter also have the same questions.
Lekin medical college main tu frog ka dur dur tk koi kaam hi ni ha 😶
— Dr Shelby (@Sarcastic_5oul) September 23, 2019
Medical students don't do anything on frogs. They have cadavers for that purpose.
veterinary students may be. But 5 mounds are too many
— Fariha (@FarihaSa) September 23, 2019
Only near practical exams. Exam time has passed. New classes have just started
— Fariha (@FarihaSa) September 23, 2019
These are all valid points. It doesn’t make sense for universities to be using dead frogs at all but even if for some incomprehensible reason they are, don’t you think 185 kilograms is too much?
And the second point makes sense too because new classes start July-August and they don’t start dissecting frogs a month after college starts.
And most importantly, why did the Punjab Wildlife Department refuse to takeover the frogs from the police? If they really were considered useful in any way, the department would’ve had distributed them out in medical institutes instead of wasting them by releasing them into a river.
Some people were sarcastic about everyone obsessing over frog meat
Love the educational reforms PTI has introduced in Lahore. Everyone's dissecting frogs and whatnot.
— Talal Swati (@talal_swati) September 23, 2019
Others were purely concerned
regardless of if news is fake or not i am not going to eat anything that has meat in from lahore or any other major city in pakistan , people of this country will do anything to make money and with no proper food authority and govt checks these things will keep happening
— N. (@reobux) September 23, 2019
People are always doubtful about the meat they eat at hotels. Curiously enough,authorities become collusive with such fraudsters in lieu of some gratification. This is a practice in vogue in every department despite officials draw huge salaries and perks out of exchequer.
— Tariq Zulqarnain (@zulqarnain2121) September 22, 2019
So many people also made jokes about frog meat in Lahore, after the infamous donkey meat fiasco
Haye 🤣 pic.twitter.com/5HTpEjNIeb
— I'm batman 🐾 (@its_dissenter) September 23, 2019
Frogs RN in Lahore : pic.twitter.com/kQzOebnKxy
— Dr. Fattah Strange (@GodOfHeathens) September 23, 2019
— Razi (@murtazaarbabraz) September 23, 2019
Lots and lots of jokes
When you hear news of 200 kg frog meat while eating in a Lahore restaurant 😐 pic.twitter.com/YPzGsRpJVS
— Muiz khan (@Muizkhan27) September 23, 2019
It seems Lahoris have taken that "Paris of Pakistan" slogan rather seriously & have adopted the Parisian cuisine. Frog legs are indeed a French delicacy.
Stop judging them. Bon Appetit! Aye Zinda Dilanay Lahore. pic.twitter.com/axyvlY2iGh
— babar (@BabarBaAishKosh) September 23, 2019
Let’s just admit it, our meme game is strong AF
Gepostet von Doston ki Baatein am Montag, 23. September 2019
Do you think the two men were really selling the frogs to medical institutes? Let us know in the comments.
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