jlw at June 24th, 2014 17:15 — #1
clintcarlson77 at June 24th, 2014 17:46 — #2
I can understand the reaction some people have about the idea of eating dog meat, but I've always wondered what we use to determine if something is okay to eat or not. Horse meat seems to be fairly taboo in the USA, but isn't uncommon elsewhere in the world. If it was based on cuteness we wouldn't eat lamb or rabbit. If it was based on intelligence pigs would be off the list since they seem to be similar to dogs in intelligence. It just seems so weird and somewhat arbitrary what is considered acceptable and what isn't for eating and just how much that varies from culture to culture.
bwv812 at June 24th, 2014 18:35 — #3
If the issue is simply whether or not eating dog is appropriate, then I largely agree with you: pigs and horses are good counter-examples. Of course these examples aren't perfect since dogs are highly domesticated and have been bred to be highly socialized and loyal to humans, and they pick up on human visual and body-language cues better than any other animal we eat.
The CNN report, however, makes vague allusions about how eating dog may be cruel. And indeed, it is exactly the cruelty involved in some dog-slaughter practices that have been the focus of protests by people like Brigitte Bardot: it is widely thought that adrenaline in the bloodstream will tenderize the meat, so dogs are often beaten and tortured to death in the belief that it will make for better food. I had the misfortune to hear the pathetic and harrowing cries and yelps of a dog being beaten for over an hour while in Vietnam (I was on a moored boat in Halong Bay, and a dog was being beaten in a nearby village), and it's difficult to accept that this is the price of eating dog.
brainspore at June 24th, 2014 18:45 — #4
Usually part of that decision is based on how closely that meat reminds us of ourselves.
Close family member: No way no how.
Other Human: I'd literally have to be at death's door.
Ape: If it was the only food available in the jungle and he was acting like an asshole, but I'd still feel super awful about it.
Dog: Old Yeller! Nooo!
Horse: My cousin had a pony and it was her bestest friend ever, even though it bit me once.
Cattle: She doesn't look like she's got a lot going on up there, plus I hear cow heaven is the best.
Chicken: C'mere, you little stupid velociraptor.
japhroaig at June 24th, 2014 19:28 — #5
I wouldn't eat a dog, but let's face it, we are apex predators.
brainspore at June 24th, 2014 19:30 — #6
That's why we befriended dogs in the first place!
"Hey man—you like to kill stuff, we like to kill stuff. We should hang out!"
japhroaig at June 24th, 2014 19:34 — #7
If I were ever in a... Ahem... Dog eat dog scenario, my pooch would be more valuable than I.
ldobe at June 24th, 2014 20:15 — #8
Here's an SMBC comic that addresses your concerns. www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3397
shaddack at June 24th, 2014 20:15 — #9
Dog lovers vs dog lovers.
Edit: If dogs aren't to be eaten, why are they made of meat?
jlw at June 24th, 2014 21:21 — #10
Wrong Nemo. Don't eat this one!
japhroaig at June 24th, 2014 21:31 — #11
andy_hilmer at June 24th, 2014 22:05 — #12
Keep calm? Keep calm? Sigh.
m0m0 at June 24th, 2014 23:36 — #13
Just because you have a pet dog doesn't mean you get to stop someone from eating dog meat. As long as people don't start stealing other people's pet dogs, that'd be good enough for me. And if this complaint comes from a non vegetarian, what right do they have to complain? And by the way if I have a pet broccoli, do we not get to eat anything?
john_paolozzi at June 25th, 2014 01:48 — #14
Monstrous. But I'm not going to let this stop me from showing it to my dog to reminder her that there might be consequences if she continues to hop the fence and take herself for a walk.
catgrin at June 25th, 2014 04:25 — #15
People regionally will eat what they eat regionally. (However horrid.) You guys may be shocked by the 10,000 dogs in one festival count, but that's actually far lower than the number of sharks killed every hour by finning them and throwing them back in to drown. The fins sell for about $650 per kg. (The yearly dog count is estimated at 6-8 million, sharks at 100 million.)
Don't believe me that people can have odd regional tastes?
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purplestater at June 25th, 2014 06:41 — #16
Owning pets means always having an emergency food supply.
jsroberts at June 25th, 2014 07:09 — #17
One of the young attendees:
chuckv at June 25th, 2014 19:07 — #18
That is beautiful poetry. You should form a band and become the anti-Morrissey.
catgrin at June 25th, 2014 19:32 — #19
EDIT: Oh yeah. Carvey was vaguely referring to this song by Michael Franks.
Ladies and Gentlemen, "Eggplant".
shaddack at June 26th, 2014 15:57 — #20
Who wants to eat the dog, finds the sticks.
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