In case you were wondering, these armor-plated critters weigh from 12-17 pounds.
The Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. says:
In the interest of health, a law was passed in Texas prohibiting the sale of live armadillos. (The same law also makes it illegal to sell skunks, an animal known to transmit rabies.) The purpose of the law is commendable, but thanks to the current armadillo-mania, prohibiting the sale of live armadillos has not lessened human contact with the armor-plated critters. They still are being caught for armadillo races; their shells are being converted into hard hats and other weird curios; whole animals are being stuffed in such undignified positions as lying on their backs, supposedly guzzling beer from a bottle; and the meat is being baked, barbecued, or turned into chili.
Texans ate a bunch of these critters during the depression, referring to them as a "Hoover Hog" or the "poor man's pork".