Italians fancy themselves as hunters. In Carrara there were 15,000 men with gun permits and about six small birds. You couldn’t walk through the vineyards in autumn without meeting a gun pointed in your direction, and lead pellets rattled against the shutters. So where do all these quails come from? Once they were caught in nets as they flew in from Africa, were fattened on maize, and brought to market. Now they are raised.
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