What's wrong with eating dog meat?
A Chinese animal lover consoles a dog after a convoy of trucks carrying some 500 dogs to be sold as meat, were stopped along a highway in Beijing on early April 17, 2011, and the dogs were later rescued to the China Animal Protection Association. There were about 58 million pet dogs in 20 major Chinese cities at the end of 2009 and the figure is rising about 30 percent each year, according to a survey, as pet owners in China spend an estimated two billion USD a year on their animals.
June 30th, 2011
02:05 PM ET

What's wrong with eating dog meat?

By , Global Post

Barbecued dog and steamed paws?

These and so much more were to be had at this weekend's dog meat festival near Seoul.

Alas, it was not to be.

Animal rights activists put up such a stink that the organizers, from the Korea Dog Farmers' Association, said there was no way they could go through with the event.

"We couldn't possibly go on with the plan due to endless phone calls of complaint ... now there are few willing to rent us a place for the event," Ann Yong-Geun, a professor of nutrition at Chung Cheong University and an advisor to the association, told AFP.

Organizers of the festival had wanted to showcase the positive side of the dog meat industry in South Korea, where there are about 600 farms that raise dogs for meat, according to Ann.

Dog soup, or Boshintang, is a summer delicacy in South Korea, though the Wall Street Journal reports that it isn't as popular as the media would make it seem.

A minority of people eat it regularly. It’s consumed most frequently in summer but is available year-round. And it’s more popular with men than women and is said to possess qualities that "help stamina."

They were, for example, going to show videos of farms raising dogs under sanitary conditions — something, they will tell you, that would become a more ubiquitous practice were the industry legalized and regulated.

But for many activists, the humane treatment of the dogs is beside the point. To them, dogs are companions not a main course, end of story.

Read: North Korean propaganda.

The irony is that in South Korea, that wasn't really true until more recently. And even now, it's really only true in the city, where they raise "pet dogs," as opposed to "meat dogs."

As William Saletan wrote in Slate a few years back:

In the country, they raise "meat dogs," also known as "junk dogs" and "lower-grade" dogs. But you don't become a "lower-grade" dog by flunking an IQ test. You're just born in the wrong place. Then you're slaughtered and fed to a man who thinks he's humane because he pampers a Golden Retriever that has half your brains.

So, what's really wrong with eating dog? Just because we don't do it in the U.S. doesn't seem to make for a very good argument.

GlobalPost's Dog Meat Mafia series, delves into the seedy world of the booming dog meat industry in Southeast Asia.

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  1. Jorge Andres

    No matter what, I will never eat a dog...My God, dogs will never hurt you or betraye you...When they are your friend they are really your friend, not like humans...I rather starve to death...

    July 3, 2011 at 10:11 am | Reply
  2. robert g

    peta's are evil and must be stopped.

    July 3, 2011 at 10:15 am | Reply
    • spammerstakeahike

      @robert g – pets or peta? Neither is evil.

      July 3, 2011 at 10:18 am | Reply
  3. not you

    people ate dogs because they didnt have the resources and food supply like they have now. and now they still use this kind of meat because in a way, its part of their culture. but not EVERYONE eats it there, I REPEAT, not everyone eats it there, some dont condone it there, because they love dogs like companions. don't assume anything until you read into something. compare the us' food supply to korea, and then complain about it. i wouldnt eat dog because it would be weird, just like i wouldnt eat horse because i own both, same with cats. there are still people eating horse in this country, take a look at that. ive seen how they slaughter those horses, and i have to say its ten times worse on how they treat them. just my opinion.

    July 3, 2011 at 10:39 am | Reply
    • spammerstakeahike

      @not you – people, a considerable mass, still enjoy eating dog meat. There's no famine in S. Korea but they still eat dog thinking it will help to reduce heat during summer or worse, believing dog meat will help with the male virility problem (that so many Asian men suffers from, obviously).

      Still, you have 1-2 million dogs /year raised in terrible conditions at farms across the country, where they're fed with food waste (read : kimchi, salty food, rice) that has been boiled to halt the bacteria growth. No water is given the poor dogs, because these dog farmers believe water will decrease the meat quality. They're raised inside wired cages with no substantial floor. They have to balance in order to be able to take the few steps the tiny area allows. Then their sensitive nose must live with the poo smell that piles up underneath the cages.
      Then we have the transport part where dozens of dogs are thrown and forced inside wired cages, not enough room for them to move their paws.
      Transport from the rural areas to the meat markets in e.g. Seoul, that could take hours under the scorching sun.
      Then you have the slaughering process : they're forced out one by one, hung, or electrocuted or simply beaten to death. Their fur is removed by using an blow torch. Sometimes dogs are still alive.

      The cruel industry has to stop. And whenever criticism is heard from West, some (I am a Korean so don't give me that "Westerners forcing their imperialism upon us" crap) actually would go out with friends and eat dog meat just to demonstrate that they can. Truly pathetic.
      Why not take a step back trying to understand why people are upset about eating dogs.

      July 3, 2011 at 11:51 am | Reply
      • Stephen G.

        AH, shut-up with your long-winded, boring ranting, troll. Stupidity does not make an argument as you have illustrated. Take a hike – ~ a hungry North Korean

        July 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
      • spammerstakeahike

        @Stephen G – If you don't have any arguments left or feel that they're too brittle, it's better to be quiet than indulging in ad hominem attacks.

        July 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  4. 2bits

    What's wrong with eating human meat?

    Many humans are sub-humans anyway so it should be okay.

    See Soylent Green the movie!

    July 3, 2011 at 11:04 am | Reply
  5. Moudo

    Jim, I'm sure you could go down to your local shelter and pick up a couple of nice fat dogs if you really wanted to. Make um into Hamburger, who would know? I hear it's like eating opossum, a little greasy. I can just see your face when you go out on July 4th and your neighbor is grilling you dog. A little barbecue sauce please.

    July 3, 2011 at 11:39 am | Reply
  6. Jack

    So there is cultural stigma with eating dogs in the West. Who are we to judge? There's cultural stigma with eating cows in India. Would we suddenly drop our knives and forks when they attack us for eating cows in a "barbaric manner?" No. From what I've seen (though this is no definitive fact, of course), most of the attacks against dog consumption come from left-leaning individuals. What happened to cultural tolerance? Some items of food are preferred by some societies, some aren't.

    July 3, 2011 at 11:48 am | Reply
    • spammerstakeahike

      @Jack wrote – "From what I've seen (though this is no definitive fact, of course), most of the attacks against dog consumption come from left-leaning individuals."

      You'd be surprised how many pro-dog meat folks are leftists. I've had numerous opportunities to speak with some Koreans that harbor anti-Western sentiments and all of them do not vent any criticism about Kim Jong-Il, the man that starves and does evil things towards his own people. Those same individuals are all vehemently pro-dog meat.

      Just my observations.

      July 3, 2011 at 11:56 am | Reply
    • Alex Argerich

      This has NOTHING to do with cultural tolerance. It has EVERYTHING to do with consuming a species that 1. humans bred into existence and, more importantly, 2. are DIRECTLY responsible for the survival of homo sapiens over the eons – specifically because of the characteristics we've bred into them: mutual communication skills, obedience, bravery, and unwaivering loyalty even in the face of death. A cow never helped anyone survive by virtue of its actions or interactions with humans. Same goes for a pig, a chicken, etc.

      Dogs are 100% unique in the animal world in their relationship with humans. Consuming dogs for meat is universally immoral, egregious and dishonorable under ANY circumstance, as is consumption of other human beings. Interestingly enough, this whole argument is closely related to the issue of what constitutes morality in a dire survival setting. The question of whether dogs should be killed and eaten is the same as the question of whether human beings should be killed and eaten. If one has morality, there are certain lines of behavior that are simply not crossed.

      As for the liberals vs conservatives argument, I don't know if you've seen that movie "The Road" – but I get the distinct feeling that, in the movie, those folks who survive by violating the two basic tenets of ethical survival I've listed above were probably conservatives prior to the mysterious cataclysmic event the film was based on. Somehow it seems to ring true that the "God, Guns & Guts" types would be the first to devlove out of civilized behavior in the post-apocalyptic world. No matter if they come across a stray dog or a stray child..."praise the Lord & pass the ammunition". If the bombs ever do fall, those will be the people I'll be having to watch out for – the gun nuts and the God crazies, not the lame spineless liberals who'll probably be slaughtered and consumed wholesale by the "God-fearing" mobs in search of sustenance.

      Based on your unwavering defense of this aberrant and immoral practice of killing dogs for food, I have a hunch you'd identify with the former and not the latter – and proudly.

      July 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Reply
      • Jack

        I am a strong liberal. I volunteered heavily with Jerry Brown's, Barbara Boxer's, and Beth Krom's campaigns. There are many other species we have bred into existence – many other species that have been far more critical in human development throughout the millennia than dogs (i.e. cows, pigs, horses). Does that mean we still stop eating them? Not at all. Human domestication of the horse has been far more pivotal in our historical development than any dogs have – and yet we still consume them. Where is the outrage? Where is the cultural stigmatization? What about cows? Where would the human race be had we not domesticated these creatures? Sure we've used dogs to hunt before – but cows literally provided a lifestyle for generations of humans before us. An entire family could rely on a cow not only for nourishment but for fertilization and such. The argument that breeding a species into existence is automatically a qualifying trait to avoid human consumption is moot. We have created many modern day species. This is not about who created what. Your outrage comes from a lack of cultural tolerance and an inflated sense of self worth. "Oh look at these barbaric Easterners, eating dos. We in the West are far too civilized for such a barbaric custom, of course." Your disgusting rationalization for what basically amounts to a cultural superiority complex is shallow and obvious.

        July 5, 2011 at 6:06 am |
  7. PaddyReagan

    Cultural differences translate into different tastes which are often a product of what's available and what's affordable. Many countires don't have the sea to shining sea space for crops and grazing that we enjoy in the US. So, horses, dogs, insects and birds become parts of local menus. Regarding those who fight so hard to take dogs off the table I don't see the same kind of ferver to save baby lambs which are just as loveable. I also wonder about the priorities of those who spend so much time and money to product dogs of the world while over a million homeless kids try to survive on the streets of America.

    July 3, 2011 at 11:49 am | Reply
    • spammerstakeahike

      @PaddyReagan – "I also wonder about the priorities of those who spend so much time and money to product dogs of the world while over a million homeless kids try to survive on the streets of America."

      Are you implying we shouldn't care about animal welfare since there are also people needing our help? What an argument.
      Why even bother to work for a decrease in co2 emission when people starve?

      July 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  8. Errogant 2

    Over 10,000 years of dogs and humans helping each other survive, evolving together, developing a social bond. That is what makes eating dog meat wrong.

    July 3, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Reply
    • Errogant 2

      No other animal has such a long history of alerting us to danger, providing comfort in times of crisis, or freely giving their lives to protect us from harm.

      July 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • wgage

      Bonding with animals does not impose a restriction to using the animal for food. Pigs would make a better selection for mutual benefit than a dog but a pig is not as easy to look at as a dog. Dogs can be food as any animal.

      July 3, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  9. Varex

    Let us not forget a pack of wild dogs will eat our flesh in a heart beat; this can be seen in many war torn countries. They shoot dogs once they have tasted human blood, for fear they may crave it( pit bulls). So it can be mans best friend, mans worst enemy or man dinner all is fair.

    July 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • spammerstakeahike

      @Varex – is that supposed to be an argument? Let's not forget people, if forced to it, will eat human flesh. Google cannibalism up.

      July 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  10. Brian Jackson

    The biggest difference between dogs and other animals is that we've domesticated them. We as humans bred dogs to become our companiions, our pets, and our friends. To "farm" them is a betrayal of that and inhumaine.

    July 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  11. John Doe

    Eating most animals is ok... even dog if it's to stop hunger. The problem is the Chinese/Asian cultures, where they associate magic with consuming different meats and medicine. which is complete bullshit. They have no basis for their beliefs and their practices are similar to the pagans who worshipped posts. They need to take the fiction out of their culture and man up in life and stop relying on consuming different things to enhance their performance.

    July 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Reply
    • spammerstakeahike

      +1

      July 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  12. Stupid People Nation

    Here is a culture grenade. Why do thousands of Americans kill their baby fetus after it has had time to grow for a few months? Stop attacking people who eat dogs. You have the pathetic mentality of a child.

    Americans ate dogs and all sorts of unsavory things too when there was no food around, if people still do it today, then stop aborting your babies first and then start judging people just trying to eat. Eating cows, pigs, deer, lamb is absolutely no different.

    July 3, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Reply
    • spammerstakeahike

      @ Stupid People Nation –

      Here's another cultural grenade : Like abortions don't exist in Korea? From what I've learned abortion rates per capita in Korea ranks pretty high in the world, exceeding the US.

      And S.Korea, having all financial capacity you could ask for, is still sending off many unwanted babies for international adoption every year. Why is that.
      Seems to me lot of gutless people in Korea is good at talking, they talk about culture, family blood, family bondings yadda yadda but they're just empty words to me. I have encountered many many adopted Koreans, practically all of them suffer from emotional and mental distress. If you want to discuss dogs fine by me. If you want to bring in irrelevant issues such as abortion and adoption – I'm also fine by it as long as you don't try to use it as an argument for dog eating.

      July 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Reply
      • Stupid People Nation

        It is a completely relevant for a person who is pimping his moral superiority in a nation whose arrogance belies a whole litany of things far worse than eating dog soup. This article is just as relevant as the meat farms in the USA if you only look would find the conditions inhumane, but in order to hide the disgusting beef, pork, chicken farming techniques you have to point your finger at dog soup. Check out a slaughterhouse video too. Even the best ones are vile and disgusting. This global hypocritical arrogance is what has downgraded America's perception across the world among other things. Spam – an American creation. Computer spam – An American creation. Did Americans eat dogs? Sure they did. Today they still eat pigs, deer, sheep, cows as if they are not living breathing, suffering animals with personalities.

        July 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
      • spammerstakeahike

        @SPN – I know there are terrible meat farms across America but where do you think all the undercover videos come from? That's right, America. Many Americans are becoming aware of the factory farming which has been hidden from view for so many years. I didn't know it was so terrible either until very recently. You cannot blame the average American for being ignorant of issues they do not know about can you.

        Let's talk about the evil factory farming in Korea too if you wanna?

        Please stay on topic. No political anti-american rants please.

        July 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
      • Stupid People Nation

        Q: Do Americans gas and otherwise kill hundreds of thousands of abandoned and unwanted dogs every day?
        A: Yes. Not to mention pet cats.

        We are superior Americans alright.

        July 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
      • spammerstakeahike

        @SPN – are you willing to withdraw your abortion argument? And factory farming argument as well? Because those two things happen both in the US and S. Korea. What about mass culling of animals, millons of pigs buried alive? Only in Korea. Let's discuss that if you want too.
        Or do you prefer staying on topic – discussing dog meat only? It's up to you.

        July 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
      • Stupid People Nation

        LOL. "Only in Korea."

        Gassing abandoned pet dogs, wrapping cats in duct tape, abusing pet dogs, a disgruntled construction worker killing his ex-boss's daughters rabbits, culling pigs, culling cattle, livestock abuse, crowded chicken farms where they never move, puppy mills, gassing abandoned pet cats, eating sheep, deer, creators of spam of every sort: That is culturally superior America. They didn't eat dog meat?!? Yes they did. You are silly.

        July 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
      • spammerstakeahike

        @SNP – I don't believe you read my post. Read carefully again.
        I stated both S.Korea and USA have their problems with kill shelters, pet abandonment etc. And what was your reply?

        July 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
      • Stupid People Nation

        Dogs gladly eat human meat before it's even cooked, because they are so morally superior to all other animals and somehow more special. When there is a dog maiming of a child, Americans kill the dog. Some people eat them. Huge huge morally superior difference. how stupid...

        July 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
      • spammerstakeahike

        @ SPN – I don't know if I should laugh or cry ; you're suggesting that all the "meat dogs" have bitten humans, therefore should be eaten?

        Come on.

        July 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  13. Coriolana

    Because it's sick and disgusting and people who eat dogs should be shot.

    July 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Reply
    • Stupid People Nation

      Well, that would be pretty much all of you. In your lineage not so far away, someone ate a dog.

      July 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Reply
      • spammerstakeahike

        @SPN – historically, there have been incidents where people would eat their dogs, often during famine. But culture evolves. S.Korea is a rich country. There's absolutely no reason, medical or cultural whatsoever, to continue to eat dog meat.
        Being stubborn can be a good thing but insisting on eating tortured dogs because it once was part of your habit or culture is simply not very modern and forward thinking. Believe me, nobody will think Koreans are less Koreans because they gave up the dog eating part.
        Nobody thinks Catalonia in Spain being less Spanish because they banned bullfighting.

        July 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
      • Stupid People Nation

        Those overcrowded American puppy kennels and gassing the abandoned dogs in the USA is so much culturally superioe spammerstakeahike. If you really insist on a jingoist holier than thou attitude here are a few things you can do rather than be an online arm chair bully of unfortunate nations who were made rich by the USA after decades of pillage by Nazis and Communists only recently: Go fight puppy and cat mill abuse. Adopt one or another one. Go sue the American creators of spam.

        July 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
      • spammerstakeahike

        @ SPN – I'm beginning to suspect that you love to sidetrack any topic.
        Puppy mills, kill shelters, abandoned pets – all happen on a massive scale in Korea too. Please check the numbers and facts before posting.

        We can discuss all other topics if you want to, but are you willing to discuss one topic at a time? I don't believe you have contributed much to the dog meat discussion other than bringing in other topics.

        July 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  14. viranka

    soylent green anyone LOL

    July 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  15. Johnny

    As someone who is happy to be on top of the food chain i say.....Fry'em, BBQ'em, Bake'em, Boil'em and my reason why is.....if you were trapped on the African Plains or the wilderness and the Dogs big brothers The Jackal or The Wolf saw you they would surely EAT YOU! I myself would not eat Dog then again I don't eat Pork either. If your hungry then go eat.

    July 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  16. Alex Argerich

    This has NOTHING to do with cultural tolerance. It has EVERYTHING to do with consuming a species that 1. humans bred into existence and, more importantly, 2. are DIRECTLY responsible for the survival of homo sapiens over the eons – specifically because of the characteristics we've bred into them: mutual communication skills, obedience, bravery, and unwaivering loyalty even in the face of death. A cow never helped anyone survive by virtue of its actions or interactions with humans. Same goes for a pig, a chicken, etc.

    Dogs are 100% unique in the animal world in their relationship with humans. Consuming dogs for meat is universally immoral, egregious and dishonorable under ANY circumstance, as is consumption of other human beings. Interestingly enough, this whole argument is closely related to the issue of what constitutes morality in a dire survival setting. The question of whether dogs should be killed and eaten is the same as the question of whether human beings should be killed and eaten. If one has morality, there are certain lines of behavior that are simply not crossed.

    ARROGANCE AND MORAL SUPERIORITY ARE IRRELEVANT HERE. No ONE nation domesticated dogs. No ONE nation has benefited from their assistance. No ONE nation
    can atribute their survival to dogs – but EVERY SINGLE HUMAN BEING ALIVE. Criticism
    of dog farming in Asia doesn't invalidate any arguments against western puppy mills or
    industrialized farming, all those arguments have valid but SEPARATE points.

    NO OTHER SPECIES has been instrumental in helping humans survive. NO OTHER SPECIES has evolved with human beings. NO OTHER SPECIES has developed advanced communication skills and social bonds with human beings.

    Except domestic canines. To kill a dog for food is to BETRAY everything that species has
    done for ours, to betray OUR VERY EXISTENCE. It is an abhorrent, immoral, dishonorable,
    and absolutely unconscionable act – a crime against nature and perhaps even a crime against
    humanity itself.

    July 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Reply
    • Stupid People Nation

      Dogs evolved with the human species?!? If you never ate meat and then you can make your pompous statements. I treat people better than dogs, and I don't eat dog or have any. Others treat people worse than dogs, and their dogs better than people. You are not better than anyone else, dogs are not some special human caretaker sent from God or something.

      July 3, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • spammerstakeahike

      @Alex – well written.

      July 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  17. Stupid People Nation

    Certainly dogs sometimes eat human children, adults, and elders. I guess it is just revenge.

    July 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Reply
    • spammerstakeahike

      SPN – Hm.. what is your point really? Dogs that bite people should be taken care of yes, but really, I don't see your argument here.

      July 3, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Reply
      • Stupid People Nation

        Dogs eat people. We do not eat them, so that makes us better animals at least in White America, except for white Lewis and Clark who tried to sell their delicious doggy meats to Native Americans who thought that white people were barbaric for eating dog.

        July 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  18. spammerstakeahike

    @SPN – I wonder why you cannot take any criticism. I suspect you're Korean? If a perfect country with perfect people would criticize Korea's dog eating culture, you'd accuse them for being superior wisea**es. Damn if they do, damn if they don't. Be a man and take criticism when its called for.

    July 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • Stupid People Nation

      I suppose you are here to criticize and argue your vain and pitiful animosity against the evil South Koreans who are great allies and friends of the US. When a dog eats a person, and they will gladly eat you, America kills it. Others eat them.

      July 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Reply
      • spammerstakeahike

        @SNP – I don't have a political agenda behind my posts unlike you have.
        I'm neutral. I don't bash Koreans either. But since you started to talk about how bad USA was, their abortions, puppy mills and factory farming, I cannot but help trying to balance the discussion by discussing other aspects of Korea as well.

        July 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  19. owleyes1

    75 years ago, I had a pet rooster. One evening, I couldn't find him and I was told that he was dinner. From that day on, I never ate chicken. We, who consider dogs as pets, have this same mentality.

    July 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Reply
    • Freerange_ape

      I have hundreds of pet chicken. Some considered closed friends some not. But once in a while, I ate my friends because of this slow economy. One lesson for me to learn, be careful when someone call you "friend" because the next thing you know... you eat her or she eats you. Nature sometimes takes its toll on all of us human.

      July 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  20. Roger J

    THIS ARTICLE IS OFFENSIVE AND SERVES NO CONSTRUCTIVE PURPOSE OTHER THAN TO STIR EMOTION ANG COLLECT EYEBALLS FOR THE ADVERTISERS. THIS SET OF EYEBALLS WILL HEREBY BOYCOTT YOUR ADVERTISERS. I HOPE THE AUTHOR AND THE EDITOR WHO CHOSE TO PRINT THIS GARBAGE DIE A PAINFUL DEATH.

    July 3, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • Karma

      SO FULL OF HATE AND RAGE! YOUR CONSCIOUS IS AWAKENING WITHIN YOU. THAT IS WHY YOU ARE SO FULL OF HATE. YOU KNOW ANIMAL ABUSE IS WRONG! ALL THOSE WHO EAT DOG MEAT WILL FROM THIS POINT ON WILL BE SICK BECAUSE THEIR CONSCIOUS WELL BOTHER THEM.

      DO YOU SEE HOW YOU WENT FROM DOG EATING TO ATTACKING HUMANS.

      ALL SERIAL KILLERS HAVE A PAST OF ANIMAL ABUSE. THAT IS THE FIRST STEP!

      July 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  21. kushibo

    Setting aside the merits of eating dog meat or eschewing it, this article is quite a geographically muddled presentation of this highly contentious issue.

    It's purportedly about South Korea, but the picture of the abused (and finally rescued) dog at the top of the page is in China. Naturally, some casual readers will conflate the dog meat industry in South Korea with the abuse in China depicted in the photograph (I dare say some readers might actually think Korea is a part of China or closely tied with it).

    And then at the end of the article we are told we can read more on this issue at GlobalPost's Dog Meat Mafia series, which "delves into the seedy world of the booming dog meat industry in Southeast Asia." Again, it would seem that South Korea's meat industry has something to do with the "seedy world" of the dog meat industry in Southeast Asia. Heck, M*A*S*H itself had its characters (who were in South Korea) referring to where they were as Southeast Asia, even though they are thousands of miles apart, so why not casual CNN readers.

    This was just sloppy journalism. Consumption of dog meat is an emotional issue for many people, both those who are opposed to it and those who defend it. Even though dog meat is consumed in China and a number of countries throughout Asia, the stilted way it gets discussed has been twisted into a stereotype about Korea that makes it seem likely a uniquely Korean issue, and the worst aspects of the industry in other countries sometimes are placed squarely on the shoulders of Korea (and its national image).

    July 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  22. claylais

    I ate his dog with some fava beans and a nice Chianti

    July 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • Freerange_ape

      Talking about "i ate his dog" Once upon a time in the far east of Asia, there were two families living next to each other. One day Mr. A discovered so many tails, yes, cat tails on his roof. He confronted Mrs. B, the widow, about those wandering tails on his roof. She confessed that she was the one who ate his cats. He asked then why wasted the tails, She replied because I found my dog head in the back of my house. Life is not so meaningful when head and tail not going in pair. They late happily got married and ate each other from head to tail for life. One lesson to learn, to love is to eat __ whatever available to you and for you.

      July 3, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  23. Craig

    It's all about culture bias. For Westerners eating pigs and cows is OK, but eating dogs is disgusting. For a Moslem eating pigs and dogs is disgusting, for a Hindu eating all of them would be wrong. Yet there is no substantial difference between the three. Before arguing against eating dogs and in favor of eating other aninimals you just have to admit you're culturally biased. Personally I have eaten dog meat (in Korea), but for many years I have been a vegetarian. We have to either admit other people have the right to slaughter and eat any animals they like or deny it altogether.

    July 3, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Reply
    • Freerange_ape

      ... and that is the wise man's words. Amen.

      July 3, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Reply
    • Varex

      Thats the main point, I agree.

      July 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Reply
    • owleyes1

      Your analysis is 100 percent correct. We need more people like you in this world.

      July 3, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  24. saganhill

    EVERYTHING is wrong with eating a dog.

    July 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  25. Dave

    Friends don't dine on friends.

    July 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  26. sure

    Why not ! For that matter how about eating junk people it would help with world hunger.

    July 3, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  27. Giovanni

    First, the only real difference between dogs and pigs is that dogs show affection to human beings while pigs don't. It's the most selfish and hence immoral argument I have heard of, saving who loves us and not who deserves to be saved according for instance to a much more important value like how much the animal suffer and realizes his death.
    Pulp fiction has also a great quote on this argument:
    Jules Winnfield:
    Pigs are filthy animals. I don't eat filthy animals.
    Vincent Vega:
    Yeah but bacon tastes good. Pork chops taste good.
    Jules Winnfield:
    Hey, sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie, but I'd never know 'cause I wouldn't eat the filthy mother-fu**ers. Pigs sleep and root in sh**. That's a filthy animal. I ain't eating nothing that ain't got sense enough to disregard his own feces.
    Vincent Vega:
    How 'bout a dog? Dog eats his own feces.
    Jules Winnfield:
    I don't eat dog either.
    Vincent Vega:
    Yeah, but do you consider a dog to be a filthy animal?
    Jules Winnfield:
    I wouldn't go so far as to call a dog filthy, but they definitely dirty. But, dog's got personality; personality goes a long way.
    Vincent Vega:
    Ahh, so by that rational, if a pig had a better personality, he would cease to be a filthy animal. Is that true?
    Jules Winnfield:
    Well, we'd have to be talking one charming mother-fu**ing pig

    July 3, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  28. Ironic Idea Maer

    Isn't it ironic... We in the U.S. butcher baby boys by cutting off the end of their sex organ (circumcision)...

    And all-the-while we are aghast at someone on the other side of the world eating dog meat...

    July 3, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  29. That'snotTrue:[

    well so much hate, the point of this article?

    July 3, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  30. Ironic Idea Maer

    Oh... we eat pigs - and they have 'personality'... remember Arnold Ziffel from "Green Acres"?!?

    July 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Reply
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