Canada: Bird-plucking woman clears train carriage

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A woman who appeared to upset passengers on a train in Montreal by plucking the feathers off a dead bird has been giving interviews to Canadian media about why she did it.

Christina David, a resident of Montreal who comes from the Inuk village of Kangiqsujuaq in arctic northern Quebec, says she was amazed to see that a video of her preparing her meat for dinner attracted a lot of attention on YouTube. "I didn't know that it was going to affect any other people like that because in my culture it's completely normal," she says in a phone interview with the national CBC radio.

The grainy video shows a young woman bent over a plastic bag on the floor, while other passengers stare, hold their noses or move away. Police spokesman Manuel Couture told the local newspaper Nunatsiaq Online that while some people were disgusted by the incident, if plucking or even eating an animal in public was a common activity in other cultures, there was a good chance she wouldn't face any charges.

David says she was simply excited about cooking a goose her aunt had brought her from the north. "It's not like we get to eat our country food every day," she says in a message on her Facebook page. "I was so happy that I didn't care where I was at the moment - but all I have to say is that I ain't crazy. I couldn't wait to go home so I can put it on the big pan with onions and mushrooms."

Comments posted on the website of CTV news mainly support David. One reader says: "We do live in Canada. These city folk have to realize what their food looks like before the supermarket."

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Image caption A grainy video of the woman on the train has been widely viewed online

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