Meat is dropped by almost all animals in Animania. Some breeds have special meat drops which give bonus effects when cooked. All Animania meat drops can be eaten raw for a low amount of hunger in saturation. In all cases it is significantly better to cook the meat in a furnace.
Meat can be combined with a carving knife in a crafting table to make smaller cuts of the meat. This will often reduce the strength of the effect when cooked, but gives you more uses and more overall hunger and saturation.
All meat and meat cuts can be cooked in a furnace to increase hunger and saturation, but they also give bonus effects.