The United States has plenty of horrific uses for animals - cockfighting, dog fighting - that still go on today. However, there are sometimes violent and always strange animal traditions around the world. Some uses for animals are medicinal, others are parts of festivals, and still others are simply PETA's nightmare.
Rubbing guinea pigs all over someone's body to cure cancer has got to be high up on the list of strange animal-related behavior; however, drinking wine fermented with baby mice also supposedly cures plenty of ailments, especially asthma, and that is definitely up there.
To learn more strange, gross, or just plain weird animal traditions, read on. Some are sad, some are unbelievable, and others are actually kind of funny (cricket spitting in Indiana?).