“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” —Josh Billings
I had no idea that dog meat consumption is still so relevent. I once went to China Town, L.A with Jake my pug puppy. Buying socks from a Korean man, he told me I had a nice looking dog. He went on to tell me that back in his homeland village, there’s a certain kind of dog that is bred specifically for eating. I hurried away with my Jake from this man’s lusting eyes.
It is a hugely shared idea that dog is man’s best friend so it’s stomach churning to find that in many countries, dog meat is consumed as an everyday norm. One huge stereotypic belief is that only Southern and Eastern Asian countries are consuming dogs but it turns out, other non Asian countries eat them too!
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Eleven countries around the globe continue to eat dog meat: China, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Polynesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Arctic and Antarctic and two cantons in Switzerland.
Countries such as China, Vietnam, and South Korea face many activist that see dog consumption as a form of cruelty. Chinese protesters fight to push law makers to enforce more strict laws against dog consumption. Vietnamese governments continue to struggle against illegal smuggling of dogs from Thailand to Vietnam for meat.
This is just sad…
I have a pug name Jake and he really is just the love of my life. No where in this world will I ever find unconditional love like he provides for me. Jake looks at me with such affection, waits for me to come home with such anxiety, and is at his calmest when he’s laying on my lap while we take a car ride anywhere. It’s unfathomable to think that anyone could stomach eating my best friend. Cultural differences do add to our underlying perception of what can and can not be eaten. I understand that in many parts of the world, food can be scarce and so finding any food source would just be in our primal DNA.
I am so thankful I live in sunny Southern California where Jake’s my best buddy and I don’t have to worry about humans eating him. I just have to be concerned about larger animals looking at Jake like a snack because he’s a big baby chicken.
Jake and pug pup below:
My brother told me that during one of his business trips to China, someone offered him and his colleagues roasted dog eat. Not wanting to be rude, his Mexican colleague attempted to eat the meat but couldn’t stomach the thought and started vomiting.
Would you eat a dog? Perhaps even try it?
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