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. Typhen

    Only time a dog should be eaten is when there are no other sources of affordable food available. In the US, that is never the case, however in these countries, its most likely an ideal situation. Dogs are domesticated animals, who started wild, and were cross bread to fancy the likes of human beings. At the end of the day, if your dog is hungry, they'd eat you and so would you eat them.

    As a dog owner, I love my Dachshund. I cannot fathom every being in a position where I'd have to see her as a meal, however, when it comes down to the nitty gritty, and its just her and I left in the entire world, with no resources left, its her or me...I'm taking her out.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:28 am | Reply
  2. Joe Flynn

    I like kids..I just can't eat a whole one in a sitting.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:29 am | Reply
  3. steve harnack

    I would refer you to a little movie called "A Boy And His Dog".

    July 1, 2011 at 10:29 am | Reply
    • Knucklehead

      A classic....

      July 1, 2011 at 10:32 am | Reply
  4. Cris

    I I am not a vegetarian and I am a dog lover, proud owner (or father, lol), but this is just wrong! Even looking at the picture of that dog on this article breaks my heart. To even think that he was destined to be eaten. It feels like it's a human child. It's just wrong!

    July 1, 2011 at 10:29 am | Reply
  5. fake_liberal_hypocrites

    how can you call yourself a liberal when you object to someone else's behavior that has no consequence on you? just like gay marriage will not affect your marriage, other people eating dogs will not affect your diet or dogs. hypocrites. not that i am for or against it, let people choose for themselv

    July 1, 2011 at 10:29 am | Reply
    • fake_liberal_hypocrites


      July 1, 2011 at 10:30 am | Reply
    • grownup124

      right on. there are many things that people consider 'wrong'. what they don't understand is that they are just different.

      July 1, 2011 at 10:32 am | Reply
    • Krista

      Liberals care when actions have negative affects on others, not just when they have negative actions on they themselves. I think you're confusing liberal and conservative.

      July 1, 2011 at 10:35 am | Reply
      • fake_liberal_hypocrites

        another fake liberal

        July 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  6. Steve

    There's nothing empirically wrong with it. If you're looking at cold hard facts, it's hard to draw a moral line between dog meat and cow meat.
    On the other hand, most of us see dogs as companions, so most of us find it offensive. It doesn't matter if there's a calculated reason not to eat dog meat if there is a large public outrage against it.
    It's kind of like the Supreme Court ruling on p-o-r-n: I can't define it, but I know it when I see it.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:29 am | Reply
    • Krista

      Cows have not been bred to be our companions. Humans selectively bred dogs for thousands of years, enhancing the traits that make them better companions to humans. Their purpose is to be a companion, because we've pretty much designed them that way.

      July 1, 2011 at 10:36 am | Reply
  7. bak

    causing pain and suffering to any being that self aware is just cruel. look at that animals face. that truck is equivalent to guantanamo bay. that animal feels pain, experiences depression and anxiety just like you and i do. clearly we are never going to truly evolve or understand the meaning of compassion.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:30 am | Reply
    • San

      He is terrified and afraid and looking to that human for solace. He could bite her in fear but he doesn't

      July 1, 2011 at 10:33 am | Reply
  8. Mom2SNL

    How is raising dogs for meat ANY different from us raising cows and chickens for meat? Would I eat dog? NO...but it is their practice and way of life. And yes they do need to impose some more humane laws...

    July 1, 2011 at 10:30 am | Reply
    • Brian

      Have you ever been on a farm? Have you ever seen a cow or a chicken up close and interacted with it? They have absolutely no thought process. They are the essential "animal". Like the squirrel in your tree outside it's brain is saying, "find food, find food, find food, eat, eat, eat, eat, gotta poop, eat, eat, walk, walk, walk, find food.. etc". A dog comprehends human speech, it comprehends emotion, and interacts with us better than most of our own species do.

      The "how is it any different" arguement is flawed on so many levels. Go visist a farm and tell me that the cow knows it's rear from a hole in the ground.

      July 1, 2011 at 10:39 am | Reply
  9. See a Snake?

    It's not like these people are taking Fido, the family pet, out after 10 years and putting him on the grill. It seems a little shortsighted to push our morals and social norms on a culture half a world away. Like most animals, I'm guessing eating dog came out of necessity, but as time went on some locals developed an affinity for the meat. It's easy to judge when meat has been widely available and relatively inexpensive in the U.S. for a very long time, but that has not been the case in some of these eastern cultures including Korea 40 years ago.

    No worries, I doubt you're going to see gaegogi underneath bulgogi or kalbi on the menu at your local Korean BBQ any time soon.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:30 am | Reply
    • Krista

      Actually, yes, they are. The industry isn't regulated. Stray dogs are picked up all the time and slaughtered for meat. Don't let your dog off the leash!

      July 1, 2011 at 10:37 am | Reply
    • Bruce

      Voicing a revulsion that all of us have (and we have it because it has been given to us from early childhood, we really did not have a choice in that matter) to the photo at the top of this article and to the image that comes to mind when we read the term, "dog meat farm," is not forcing our culture down anyone else's throat. It's merely giving voice to an emotion that pretty much all of us have when we contemplate those images.

      If we invaded China with our military in order to stop them from eating dogs based on our collective emotions regarding these images, now THAT would be forcing our culture down their throat. Posting your reactions to a CNN blog is not some form of cultural imperialism.

      July 1, 2011 at 10:39 am | Reply
  10. Knucklehead

    If you want to live, you have to kill something, even if it's just a plant or a seed. Even if you eat corn, you are preventing the life of a corn plant. Several corn plants, even.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:30 am | Reply
    • Krista

      There's a big difference between eating the product of a plant that has no emotions, central nervous system, or brain, than eating an animal that has all the same brain structures, emotions, and pain sensors we do. Not to mention dogs have been bred by humans to be our companions, enhancing the emotional responses that improve such relationships.
      (Many plants make fruit to entice animals to eat them in order to spread their seeds when they come out the other end)

      July 1, 2011 at 10:39 am | Reply
    • Stephen Hawking knows MORE than you

      True, but plucking the fruit off a non-sentient plant doesn't involve suffering on it's behalf. When's the last time you saw momma plant leading it's quacking babies to the pond for a brief swim?

      July 1, 2011 at 10:40 am | Reply
      • queenbee

        Ahhhh–because it has no CNS does not move and does not speak–we have decided it cannot feel? And we base that on? Oh yeah–the fact that feeling comes from the CNS–we do not yet know the equivalent in plants–but science has shown that plants do react to stimuli–from the wind blowing to being cut and they react violently to the latter.

        If your criteria for life and compassion rests solely on movement and sound–Lord help any comatose or catatonic or paralyzed person you may come across. The reality is–to survive–something must die for you to live. For some, they kill other animals (and those animals also kill things to live) for others, they kill plants–but killing is done–its just that humans rationalize what they personally do as opposed to all the "horrible things" done by others.

        To each his own–still no one exists on the planet without killing something in order to be more comfortable or to eat–humans are the only things that kill for pleasure or to gain money–both ephemeral and largely abstract benefits.

        July 2, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  11. sine

    They aren't naturally prey animals. They were bred to be human companions and have certain emotions associated with us. They evolved along side us, not to be eaten by us....duh stupid stupid people. I don't eat meat anyway, there's no point besides the fact it tastes good...not a good enough reason for me.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:30 am | Reply
  12. Carrie

    If the above photo does not only offend but ANGER you, then you are being way too pragmatic. I realize that customs including, diets differ in other countries. But I don't care who you are, this picture should anger you...dogs are pets...IMO, and not food...I realize as a pragmatist, some would think dogs are the same as pigs and cows, but as a feeling human being....NO WAY!!!! That is it, I am becoming a vegetarian...Maybe Mark Zuckerberg was on to something...don't eat anything that you don't kill yourself...that way you have to think about killing something every time you eat some thing...there may be way less meat eaters in this country that way....I personally couldn't do it...

    July 1, 2011 at 10:31 am | Reply
    • Krista

      Congratulations on your decision to become a vegetarian! Sometimes it takes something like to get people to see exactly how they're rationalizing the torture that animals go through every day because we like to eat their dead bodies.

      July 1, 2011 at 10:41 am | Reply
  13. Jen

    Sick, sick, sick. Many dogs are nearly family members, they are domesticated pets. These people are not eating dogs because they are starving and there is nothing else to eat, they are choosing to do it, sick.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:31 am | Reply
  14. Mark

    I think mistreatment of all animals is wrong but mistreatment of a dog is so much worse. they are bound to us for centuries by selected breeding to be our companions. they feel what we feel, they can sense our pain....they protect us, help us hunt, help us to see when we can't and so much more....they have been saving our lives and helping us survive...any comparisons to other animals are just false...have you every seen pig walk a blind person to safety? or a cow rescue someone trapped under an avalanche? Eating of dogs and the entire process is reprehensible and should be outlawed. Just because it was common 50 yrs ago during a famine when people had no choice doesnt make it cultural. you can explain many different atrocities as cultural, doesn’t mean they're right and should be tolerated in modern society. A dog is the smartest animal on the planet outside of us, even smarter than a chimp according to recent research…to torture and eat it is morally reprehensible.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:31 am | Reply
    • wgage

      Dogs raised for food is ok. Pigs raised for food is ok. None are tortured before slaughter.

      July 1, 2011 at 10:40 am | Reply
      • Krista

        Typical meat eater who isn't interested in knowing the facts. Animals are tortured every day in the world's factory farms and slaughter houses so you can eat their dead bodies. Male chicks, for instance, are tosses on a conveyor belt leading to a grinder (alive) because they're not of use to the poultry industry, and that's just the beginning of what goes on. If we held farmers (factory) to the same standards we hold pet owners to when it comes to animal cruelty, they'd all be in jail

        July 1, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  15. ricky14

    meat is meat so go eat your mother u moronic bitch but first beat her up to death or boil her alive same as asians do to mans best friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! stupid people should not breed, thats 4 yr mom Emily

    July 1, 2011 at 10:32 am | Reply
    • Cris

      Your comment is sick, LMAO, but I must say I agree with you...

      July 1, 2011 at 10:34 am | Reply
      • ricky14

        vegan hugs dude..

        July 1, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Stephen Hawking knows MORE than you

      Please don't give the Koreans any more ideas...

      July 1, 2011 at 10:44 am | Reply
  16. korean culture 101

    I don't see why everyone is so worked up about this. Food is food, whether it's your best friend(dog) or a genetically engineered cow. People need to realized that prior to Korea's industrialization, food was SCARCE. When you're starving on a cold winter in Korea and you come across a dog... well use your imagination. Eventually this spiraled into a common Korean household delicacy. People need to realize that not everyone eats McDonald's( though you never REALLY know what's in that burger). Lighten up people! Let's realize that life doesn't revolve around the American Norm.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:32 am | Reply
    • Mark

      Just because it was done in the past during a famine when people had no choice doesnt make it acceptable now. We can't live in the past, society must evolve. Should we all live like barbarians because our ancestors did...what ridiculous logic. S. Korea is a wealthy nation now...there is no reason for them to eat dog now. better, cheaper meat is available...meat that didnt come from man's best friend. Also, stop using "culture" as an excuse...you can use "culture" as an excuse for every atrocity...oh "Child marriage and subsequent rape has been legal in Saudi Arabia for centuries...what's wrong with you...stop being so American centric"....no you idiot...wrong is wrong and its not America vs the world on this one...only a hand full of countries have areas where dog is eaten...its South Korea vs the world and what’s moral.

      July 1, 2011 at 10:55 am | Reply
      • korean culture 101

        There is a difference between food and society evolving. We all can't eat the typical Mcdonald's happy meal can we? Most food/cuisine were made centuries upon centuries ago, something that America isn't abundant of. Also, I never said those things were right did I? Of course those things are wrong and should fixed, but don't relate human mistreatment with cultural cuisine. Dogs are different from humans, whether you agree or not. They are. The fact that you won't even try to understand the other side amazes me. If you really feel passionate about saving those dogs, I recommend you taking a trip down to Korea and buy up all those dogs and take them home =)

        July 1, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  17. sylv

    The Orient is an evil place. Dogs are companion animals and evolved to be in tune to emotion. Any person who advocates the torture of burning and skinning alive of any animal will have a special place in hell. And to the moron who says the US bombs "innocents' everyday- Get a life.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:32 am | Reply
    • korean culture 101

      Wow, what a pompous thing to say. The fact that you even called the "Orient an evil place," just shows how ignorant American's are. You need take a trip to an Asian country and experience the life-style of the "Orient." I am a proud american and it makes me sad that we harbor arrogant jerks like you! Thanks and have a nice day!

      July 1, 2011 at 10:41 am | Reply
    • Vegetarian

      And who the hell are you to say that? I'm not "Oriental" and as a vegetarian, I think all forms of meat are wrong, but I'm not going to spout that off to anybody who eats it. GTFO

      July 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  18. Billy Bob

    I sure hope they catch those people eatin dog. That's just wrong. Even my uncle Earl knows that and he's down right dumb.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:33 am | Reply
  19. jw

    There are cave drawing of early Europeans being buried with their"dogs". They are in the same "grave". India doesn't eat cow? Yep, because Indians understand things?? Right..

    Even if trained, I doubt a cow/pig would take a bullet for someone(dogs do it all the time), make conscious decisions to run into fires( going against their survival instincts) to save someone they love.

    Or without being told, go get your bedroom slippers because you say" my feet are cold"..

    Look into their eyes, there is something, that very few other animals have.. Dolphins have it, cats have it, to some extent horses have it.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:33 am | Reply
    • queenbee


      "Dog meat refers to edible parts and the flesh derived from (predominantly domestic) dogs. Human consumption of dog meat has been recorded in many parts of the world, including ancient China, ancient Mexico, and ancient Rome.[2] According to contemporary reports, dog meat is consumed in a variety of countries such as Switzerland,[3] China,[4] Vietnam,[5] the Philippines,[6] and Korea.[7] In addition, dog meat has also been used as survival food in times of war and/or other hardships.[8][9]

      In contemporary times, some cultures view the consumption of dog meat to be a part of their traditional cuisine, while others consider consumption of dog to be inappropriate and offensive. In response to criticisms, proponents of dog meat have argued that distinctions between livestock and pets is subjective, and that there is no difference with eating the meat of different animals, while countering that those critical of dog meat consumption are guilty of cultural supremacy, if not racism.[10][11][12] Eating dog is forbidden under Jewish and Islamic dietary laws"


      Popular Swiss recipes for dog meat include gedörrtes Hundefleisch served as paper-thin slices, as well as smoked dog ham, Hundeschinken, which is prepared by salting and drying raw dog meat.

      The traditional culture surrounding the consumption of dog meat varied from tribe to tribe among the original inhabitants of North America, with some tribes relishing it as a delicacy, and others (such as the Comanche) treating it as an abhorrent practice.[88] Native peoples of the Great Plains, such as the Sioux and Cheyenne, consumed it, but there was a concurrent religious taboo against the meat of wild canines"

      While the meat is not eaten, in some rural areas of Poland, dog fat can be made into lard, which by tradition is believed to have medicinal properties – being good for the lungs, for instance.[79] In 2009, a scandal erupted when a farm near Częstochowa was discovered rearing dogs to be rendered down into lard.[79]"

      uh huh–now talk some more about those "horrible orientals" LOL

      July 2, 2011 at 10:44 am | Reply
  20. Josh

    Unlike all other animals, dogs have a soul just like humans. That is why it is so very very wrong.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:33 am | Reply
    • Ralph

      Insane. You don't have a soul either. Religion is rubbish. They are meat, we are meat to animals, it's all meat.

      July 1, 2011 at 10:34 am | Reply
  21. nonPCrealist

    Those who are against dogs being used as a food source because they believe all meat is wrong, then at least they are not being hypocritical.

    Those who are against it because dogs are 'different'? They need to take a step back and stop judging from your own little cultural bubble. Animals are animals. Eat them or don't based on your own moral code, but what doesn't fly for your part of the world is perfectly normal elsewhere and you have no business trying to force your will there.

    If Koreans want to eat dog, great. It's a cheap plentiful food source that could help them cover coming food production gaps perhaps with their ever rising population.

    Get off your high horses people.

    Incidentally the Swedes want to eat your horses too..

    July 1, 2011 at 10:34 am | Reply
    • justfyi

      It's sad how many people here have a superiority complex or try to come off as educated when they clearly aren't. Here are the problems with eating dogs.

      1. Cognitively, yes they're higher developed than a cow. Do some literature and article searches you'll find a lot of research on it. Dogs have the basic cognitive functions of young children, same goes for apes which is why I would also call eating a gorilla perverted.

      2. For those drops out who don't know this, dogs evolved from wolves. They were bred, unintentionally, to exhibit wolf puppy like behavior over a longer period of time. This is why dogs are not aggressive towards humans and act like wolf puppies because essentially, they are juvenile their entire lives. It's like killing a baby.

      3. Dogs have diverse emotions, not just fear responses. They can love just like a child can with all the devotion that comes along with it. Same hormonal responses as mother child bonding.

      4. Dogs are evolved ALONG with us, not for us. Right now a lot of research is being done regarding our own evolution which is highly likely to have succeeded, in contrast to the neanderthal, BECAUSE we word side by side with dogs. Early cave paintings depict people hunting with the HELP of dogs.

      So for us to sit here and make this a cultural debate is irrelevant. This has nothing to do with culture this has to do with a sense of humanity. If you want to go eat a little 3 year old kid and have no problems with it because "meat is meat" hey, I know some great psychiatrists. If you're going to sit here and say every cultural practice should be accepted by the world, think about segregation, child brides, forced prostitution, etc. If you're a vegan, this is not a chance for you to try to guilt trip everyone either, humans are omnivores, don't force it.

      July 1, 2011 at 11:39 am | Reply
      • nonPCrealist

        1. So are pigs. Pigs taste great.

        2. Do you really think modern cows existed in nature in the form we see today? Modern meat animals have all evolved to one extent or another in parallel with their hungry human masters.

        3. Good for them. Goats and pigs can be quite affectionate as well if you've spent any time around them.

        4. In addition to #2 above I would add that dogs make wonderful force multiples as tools to help with everything from hunting to security and in some cases companionship. They are still tools though, ask anyone who hunts with dogs.

        It actually has everything to do with culture. In SE Asia until recently (when Western ideas about dogs came into play) dogs were seen as tools and a food source. Good for them. In India the cow is sacred. Good for them.

        Here I choose to eat the cow and pet the dog. It doesn't mean I should tell them what to do just because I don't approve of it. Making analogies to eating a human child is just idiotic.

        July 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
      • queenbee

        It's called personification–ie imagining human characteristics, emotions and thought processes to a nonhuman. Dogs did not "evolve" along with us. Dogs and the current position is the result of domestication, opportunity and a lot of free time on the part of humans–not to mention many people equate dogs with children–especially as they get older or are sterile and cannot have kids anymore or cannot take care of kids.

        The reality is that in Poland TO THIS DAY–dogs are often rendered down to make lard for cooking. The Swiss DO EAT dog meat, Many European cultures eat horse meat and other animals. What we have here is ethnocentrism–we presume what we believe, do and think is right and if the rest of the world perceives differently –then we are superior for our thoughts and acts. Of course this superiority exists only in each country's mind. The reality even more evident is that dogs like steers and horses were both working animals AND potential FOOD and have been for thousands of years.

        you may wish to imbue dogs with human characteristics or argue that they should not be food–if they could get away with it or were starving, we can guarantee that you would be food to your dog. Pragmatically, they are protein and protein is the only means of gaining all 21 amino acids essential to human life.

        Protein can be derived from veggies but not in a complete form–in meat, it is in a complete form (with the exception of rabbit which lacks Vitamin E) People may not like it–but the majority of people are meat eaters in the world and we enjoy meat. That some have the luxury of limiting the kinds of meat is laudable but it is not the norm. Most countries do not have enough space for herds of cattle and many do not have the viable resources to raise pigs or they do not eat them for religious reasons. The bottom line is–in some countries –dogs are food–they have been food for thousands of years. Sentimentality aside, the only reason humans do not eat each other except in dire times is because to do so would indicate a breakdown of society. Long pig is a food relished by some tribes still and many peoples have partaken of it.

        Some countries, including some European ones eat dogs, some eat horses. If you don't –then don't but consider that if you do not want other nations telling us what to do or how to live, then you might want to treat people the way you want to be treated–we could extend that to not invading other countries for our own gain, and not bombing people too–but it all boils down to a lot of Americans needed to grow up and get perspective–both your opinion and your ability to dictate what people do–STOPS at our own borders or where we occupy and control the people.

        July 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  22. Billy Bob

    @ korean culture 101, No, don't give me any of this cultural relativism crap. There's some things that are universal, and killin your best friend is always wrong. Dog = man's best friend. Therefore killin dog is wrong. End of story.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:34 am | Reply
    • John T.

      @Billy Bob redneck, just because your little brain have not experienced other societies doesn't make yours right.

      July 1, 2011 at 10:36 am | Reply
      • Billy Bob

        Dude, just like I don't need to eat dirt to know it tastes bad, I don't need to be Korean to know that eatin dog is wrong. There ya go.

        July 1, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • korean culture 101

      Billy bob are you being serious? So it's ok for Americans do bomb/invade other countries without a legitimate reason( Iraq- so called weapons of mass destruction.) But it's wrong for an country to practice certain aspect of their culture? My friend stop being a hypocrite!

      July 1, 2011 at 10:45 am | Reply
      • Billy Bob

        No, I don't agree with America bombing other countries – I agree that's wrong. But on the issue of eating dogs, I just don't see any middle ground.

        July 1, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  23. John T.

    I dont see any reason why we cannot eat dog meat, these dogs are raised with one purpose the same purpose pigs, cows, chickens and pigeons are raised for, for there meat. I eat dog meat and have pictures of my family members skinning a dog on my facebook. I also have a pet Shitzu, this pet probably is smarter than allot of people that have commented here, will I ever even think about eating him NO. Just like people who have pigs as pets. A few years ago I had two dogs, one of them was in a pen in the back yard for meat and the other was inside the house sitting on the bed while me and my wife slept.

    People have commented about eating human meat, I dont care for human meat and I dont want any. Although looking at some of the people around me and probably allot of the people commenting here, if we still live in a society that kills the butchers the weak, allot of you guys would be dead and in someone else's stew pot.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:34 am | Reply
  24. excitingman

    i prefer possum

    July 1, 2011 at 10:35 am | Reply
  25. Riddle me this

    If you want to dictate they give up dog in their diet, then I assume you have the rest of the issue resolved. I'll agree they should give up eating dog if you can answer the folllowing:

    1. Who will pay for the care of the dogs?
    2. Who will pay to have them spayed and nutered?
    3. Who will pay for vet care and vaccinations to prevent a massive outbreak of say....rabies?
    4. Who will take in the animals?
    5. What will the source of meat be that will be used in lieu of dog?
    6. What will the meat cost to raise, procure, and process for consumption compared to dog?
    7. Who will fund these new facilitiies used to raise the replacement?
    8. Are you going to foot the bill, or expect them to deal with it once you've forced your will upon them?
    9. Are you going to give up eating everything other cultures find revolting, or just be hypocritical?
    10. Why is this your problem and issue to deal with? Do you live there? Were you invited to participate/meddle in their affairs?

    July 1, 2011 at 10:35 am | Reply
    • Alex Gessong

      Humans can live as strict vegetarians, but not as strict carnivores. We don't need to eat meat, but do need to eat vegetables. Your points about the need to care for the rescued animals are certainly valid,and there are humane societies in China that would be able to provide that care.

      July 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  26. Cecilia Bowerman

    I hate what hey do to dogs in many countrys in Asia is so barbaric!!!!!! I hope they find in the hearts to stop the cruelty!!!!

    July 1, 2011 at 10:35 am | Reply
    • grownup124

      you've got to be kidding me. asia is barbaric for eating dogs? how about the german nazis back in WWII? how about the americans dropping nukes?

      July 1, 2011 at 10:38 am | Reply
  27. Billy Bob

    @ John T., come on, nobody has pictures of people skinning dogs. That kind of brutality is from the middle ages.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:35 am | Reply
  28. lefty avenger

    The problem with eating dogs and cats is that these people will be eating people soon. You guys are just too young to have watched Soylent Green. You'll see, your lust for meat will wind up being your neighbor ala The Road, it's people!

    July 1, 2011 at 10:36 am | Reply
  29. Alex

    I think we should raise humans as meat animals. It makes as much sense to me as raising dogs that way.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • Krista

      Exactly. People keep arguing that it's "all meet" and that animals are all the same.
      The fact is, that humans are animals too.

      July 1, 2011 at 10:46 am | Reply
  30. LT

    I agree with the people who think it's morally wrong to eat dogs, our companions, vs. pigs, cows or chickens. 100s of years of domestication have made dogs able to connect with us emotionally. They give us comfort, protect our children, they can be trained to guide the blind or physically impaired. I think of my dog who, if I cry about something, snuggles up next to me until I feel better. It's a disturbing thought to think we could slaughter and eat these animals that love us so much.

    Shame on Emily Lodish for writing this article.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:37 am | Reply
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