Should China, South Korea, and Vietnam quit eating dog meat?
But first, let's stop eating pigs, cows & chickens.
I'm an Indian, where, for Hindus, cows are sacred, can you imagine if Indian activists take up aggressive campaigning and lobbying with governments all over the world about stop cow consumption together with glitzy food programs who talk about how to prep cow meat - which btw, not only non meat eaters, but a lot of Indians find disgusting.
What's the difference between westerners eating whatever they want, ( French eat frog feet, or foie gras but I don't see anyone raising a cry over these) exporting that lifestyle and then forcing easterners to abandon their culinary practices ?
Because whatever west does is cooler?
What kind of hypocrisy is this?
Either we argue from a consistent point of animal cruelty or we don't. We don't get to choose a perspective which only suits our culture and argument.
That isn't an argument.
Should China and Vietnam quit eating dog meat?
It is kind of like asking:
Should non-Muslim people quit eating pork?
Should non-Indian people quit eating beef?
Should non-vegetarian people quit eating meat?
No they shouldn’t.
It is probably never occurred to some westerners that in EA and some SEA countries, Dogs are considered as farm animals instead of pets, thus dog meat is not that different from pork, beef or chicken. People don’t have to quit eating dog meat simply because some other people think it is unethical or disguising.
I don’t eat dog meat, but there is no reason that I should ask some other people not do that, it should be their own choice.
I have eaten it before. When I was a child, my dad bought it once and lied to me that it was tiger meat. After eating it, when he knew it was dog meat, he retched a bit. When I was in the first grade of elementary school, my female deskmate liked to discuss eating dog meat, saying that it was delicious and delicious. I remember a lunch break at noon. She didn't wipe her mouth or wash her hands. They were all oily and smelled like dog meat. Sneered at her at the time. Until college, I often wandered by the ijiang River. Beside the fish stall, there was a stove to stew dog meat. It was really delicious, and my mouth was watering. The sophomore and my classmates found a small restaurant in the vegetable market near the school. There was a big pot of stewed dog meat at the door. Finally, I couldn't help but spent 32 yuan with my classmates to buy a few pieces of dog meat. Back to the dining hall to eat and taste, I wanted to share, but my roommates sneered at me. Ever since, my classmates and I shared a few pieces of dog meat. The meat is very elastic, it smells delicious and the soup is really delicious. Just feel guilty after eating. Then when I went home, my dad secretly bought dog meat to eat, but my brother found out that he was about to throw it away and refused to eat it. So in order not to waste it, I carried it. It may be because of the exhaustion of the boat and the dog meat was cold. I only ate one piece and it was tasteless, so I threw it away. Now, I don't reject eating dog meat, but I don't eat dog meat on purpose either. Eating alone is boring after all. Of course, dog meat should be really cool with white wine!
Once upon a time in a small village in rural China, there lived two best friends, Li Wei and Chen Hua. They had grown up together, sharing laughter, tears, and countless adventures. In their village, dog meat was considered a traditional delicacy, and the preparation of it was a cherished art passed down through generations.
One day, Li Wei and Chen Hua decided to embark on a culinary journey to prepare a special dog meat dish for the upcoming village festival. Both of them were passionate about their heritage and wanted to showcase their skills in preparing this traditional meal. However, they also deeply respected animals and understood the importance of sourcing the meat responsibly.
Li Wei and Chen Hua set out on an early morning journey to a nearby village known for raising dogs specifically for consumption. They had heard stories about a farm where the dogs were treated with love and care before being ethically harvested for meat. They believed that supporting such farms was crucial in preserving their traditions while ensuring the well-being of animals.
Upon arriving at the farm, Li Wei and Chen Hua were relieved to see that the dogs were indeed well cared for. The farmers explained their philosophy of providing a comfortable environment, nutritious food, and medical attention to the dogs until the time of harvest. They emphasized that it was essential to treat the animals with respect and gratitude for the sustenance they would provide.
Li Wei and Chen Hua carefully selected the dogs they would use, focusing on those that had lived a healthy life and were ready for the next stage of their purpose. They thanked the farmers for their ethical practices and assured them that their efforts were appreciated.
Back in their village, the two friends began the meticulous process of preparing the dog meat. They meticulously cleaned and seasoned the meat, adding a blend of traditional spices and herbs passed down from their ancestors. Li Wei's expertise in slicing the meat with precision complemented Chen Hua's talent for creating flavorsome marinades.
As they cooked together, memories flooded their minds—childhood adventures, family gatherings, and moments of triumph and defeat. They were proud to represent their heritage, knowing that they were preserving a piece of their culture.
When the dish was finally ready, Li Wei and Chen Hua presented it to their village with great anticipation. They explained the ethical journey they had taken to source the meat and the importance of respecting the animals that provided sustenance. They hoped that by sharing their story, they could inspire others to embrace their traditions responsibly and ethically.
The villagers listened attentively, appreciating the love and care that Li Wei and Chen Hua had put into their creation. They understood that traditions could evolve while still honoring the values of compassion and empathy. With grateful hearts, they savored the flavors of the dish, acknowledging the history and cultural significance it held.
From that day forward, the villagers celebrated their heritage with a renewed sense of respect for the animals and the land that sustained them. Li Wei and Chen Hua became symbols of responsible tradition, reminding everyone that cultural practices could be preserved with compassion and integrity.
And so, in the small village in rural China, a new chapter began, one that combined tradition and ethics, and celebrated the power of friendship and understanding.
Ok here is the thing. As a Chinese, I cannot speak for every Chinese person. Yet I do not eat dogs and I will never eat that. Everyone I know does not eat that. There must be someone who eats these since there are many people in China. They eat dogs or cats because during WW two, When japan and other countries invaded China, Chinese people have nothing to eat but dogs and cats. I admit that this is a not good habit and people are still working on it.
If you lived in China ~50 years ago, exactly, at 1959~1961, you’ll love eating dog meat too, I bet.
Asking this question shows you lack knowledge of China’s history. In old China dog is fed as a tool to defend thieves, no one feed dog only as pet because food if rare. so Chinese were eating tools instead of pets, like English eating horses, Chinese did not ask western to stop eating horses, why you ask Chinese stop eating dogs?
And things are also changing, nowadays most Chinese don’t eat dogs because they start feeding dogs as mere pets. But changes take time, like at 1791 throwing black slaves overboard is legal, and after that it took 74 years for Americans to stop slave trading at 1865. Eating dog is not so bad comparing kill slaves, so it take longer time is reasonable, just be patient to wait China finish the change in another 74 years.