Capybaras are gentle and will usually allow humans to pet and hand-feed them. Some ranchers hunt them for fear of the competition for grazing. The meat is said to look like pork. During Lent, capybara meat is especially popular in parts of South America, especially in Venezuela, as it is claimed that the Catholic Church, in a special dispensation, allowed capybara meat to be consumed on days that consumption of meat was otherwise not allowed. There are differing accounts of how the dispensation arose. Capybaras are occasionally kept as pets in the United States and in Canada.