Well, I didn't expect this. There's quite a problem with illegal meats being sold in London:
What's this about "smokies"? The background is even stranger than eating a cane rat:Cane rats and "shocking" quantities of illegal and "potentially unsafe" meat have been sold to the public in east London, a BBC London undercover investigation has found.Secret filming in one of the capital's busiest food markets has revealed butchers and food stores prepared to sell large quantities of meat that breaks food safety laws.
West African and environmental health officer sources told the BBC the Ridley Road Market, in Dalston, was a known hotbed of illicit meat activity, including sales of illegal "smokies", a delicacy made by charring sheep or goat with a blow torch.
The practice of creating "smokies" is outlawed under UK and European food laws amid fears about public safety and animal welfare.Gosh. Why hasn't Scorsese made a mafia movie about the sheep stealing (and burning) gangs of Wales?
It has also been linked to mafia-style gangs in Wales who steal sheep and goats, slaughtering them in unlicensed abattoirs.
Dr Yunes Teinaz, a chartered environmental health practitioner, said: "Behind the underground trade in smokies are criminals who don't observe the law and are just after financial gain.