Eating dogs!*#?


Whilst we are on the issue of eating meat, I always remember years and years ago, there was an advertisment on the front of one of the UK’s broadsheet newspapers, (we are talking 30 years ago! It just stuck in my mind). The advert was making a plea for readers to donate money towards a charity that worked to prevent people living on the other side of the world, from eating dogs. It made me feel a bit indignant (of course anger about causes like this is the preoccupation of the young – sadly it wanes as one gets older hence all the world’s problems never really get solved). I wasn’t angry because people were eating dogs (although I had already given up eating meat by then) – I was angry because all the Times readers who were likely to answer the call of the advert, probably sat down to a hearty Sunday roast of beef or lamb every weekend. It just seemed hypoctritical and colonial to have such an attitude about the preferred meats eaten by other cultures.

Why am I writing about this now? Because I saw an article in the Guardian that starts …

“Every year, hundreds of thousands of pets are snatched in Thailand, then smuggled into Vietnam, destined for Hanoi’s top restaurants and street stalls. Demand for dogmeat is so high that supply has become a highly lucrative – and brutal – black market” read more

Whilst I am not particularly for the eating of dogs (or their brutal mistreatment) – I just don’t see it as being that different from battery farming chickens or slaughtering livestock.

What do you think? Is there a difference? … and if so how would you know about and justify that difference?

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