Why is it common practice not to eat Giraffe Meat?


As By: Rabbi Ari Z. Zivotofsky Ph.D. explains in detail, there is no reason why not to eat Giraffe meat from a Halachic point of view.

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    So as to "why it's not common practice", economics from one perspective or another; plus potentially those who are still halachically nervous -- again, that's economics. – Shalom Jul 23 '10 at 11:50
  • I have been told that it tastes gamy and does not have that much meat on it. – sabbahillel May 27 '16 at 16:28

Because giraffes are an endangered species, and we'd get in trouble if we started killing them.

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Another possibility is that it's quite dangerous -- a giraffe can kill a lion with its kick!


There is another reason: giraffes are very expensive, and very likely to be found a teraifah, so it is not worth it, and also tza'ar baalei chaim to kill it if it will probably not be kosher.

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    Just because it will probably be a t'reifah does not make it tzar baalei haim to kill it if you want to eat it. – Yahu Jul 5 '10 at 3:09
  • Even if it's רובא דמינכר that it will be treifah? I'm not so sure about that. – Alex Jul 5 '10 at 14:03
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    The Noda Bihuda said that game hunting did not violate the specific prohibition of tzaar baalei chayim per se, as the intent was to kill the animal as directly as possible. Tzaar baalei chayim is about tormenting animals. But I agree that the economics don't add up. – Shalom Jul 6 '10 at 14:25
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    Can you source this statistic? – Double AA Sep 4 '12 at 19:27
  • They can shecht it and sell it to non-Jews if it's a treifa. In some places, your shochtim work in a treifa slaughterhouse, and they only pay for the animals if they're kosher – user613 Sep 20 '18 at 23:07

There are two answers that people say they are both off. The place for Shechting is known it and it is huge. The other answer is there is no market for it put that could be solved with some good marketing (Just look at Sushi).The real answer is to eat something we need a Mesorah that it is Kosher.The Remah says it about birds in Yoreh Deah 82:3. The Chazon Ish(Yoreh Deah 11:4-5) and the Chochmas Adam(36:1) extends this to all animals. Therefore the real reason we don't eat is because we have no Mesorah for it.

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    It's debated whether the Chochmas Adam means you need a tradition that a mammal is kosher, or simply a tradition whether it's treated as "wild" or "domestic." – Shalom Jul 4 '10 at 20:44
  • For an informative article about this topic: kashrut.com/articles/giraffe – Dave Jul 16 '10 at 16:10
  • Shulchan Halevi brings mesorah into account. – sam Apr 24 '13 at 2:47
  • @SimchasTorah If a mesorah is always necessary then we would not be allowed to eat turkey. At some point someone must have decided that this previously unknown bird was kosher without having a mesorah for it. – Mike Supports Monica Feb 14 '14 at 2:33
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    @Mike, the need for mesorah on birds is different than the need for mesorah on animals (without taking sides on whether it is required in either case). They have a different underlying reason to require it, so you can't compare. – Yishai Feb 14 '14 at 15:03

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