Originally Posted by GNUmoe
It's interesting how shocked some are to hear that people actually do eat dogs and cats, but can then eat a hamburger without flinching.
Why is it taboo to eat the meat of cats and dogs here in America but not in Korea? Why is taboo in American to eat horses but not in eastern Asia? It's all a matter of societal trends. Humans naturally have the capacity for compassion and love towards non-human animals. Just because the people of one continent love one animal in particular and others do not should not be shocking.
That people would eat the flesh of a dog is no more "hellish" than people eating the flesh of a pig. It is as wrong to eat a cow or a chicken as it is to eat a dog or a cat. End of story.
Agreed. Except for the end of story part. 'cos I'd like to continue the saga, if I may.
People who eat cows, chickens and pigs (henceforth CC&P, which would encompass turkey and other oft consumed animals) didn't make a choice to eat CC&P any more than they chose to believe in the God their parents did.
CC&P were around during the formative stage of a meat eater's development and so they didn't question it.
a hamburger, right?
They grew up in a house full of love, laughter and hamburgers.
Their parents seemed pretty okay with hamburgers.
Some of them even kept hamburgers as pets; so no big deal, right?
If mom and dad said it was okay then it must be okay, just as long as they walked the hamburger and picked up after it.
However, if the same people had been brought up in Denmark they'd eat whale blubber without giving it a second thought. They were brought up by whale eaters who taught them it was okay.
If they were born and raised in the Philippines their parents would have fed them dog and it would seem perfectly natural.
In Germany they would unquestioningly eat strangely spiced horse meat.
Heck, even wee Scottish lads and lasses automatically tuck into the minced heart, liver, and lungs of a sheep (efficiently boiled in the same sheep's own stomach) anytime someone rings the dinner bell. Or any bell for that matter.
Sure, this may seem shocking to us in North America because we weren't brought up eating these things as an accepted norm.
But from my point of view I maintain that eating cows, chickens and pigs is no different than eating horses, dogs or someone's pet budgerigar for that matter. (However, even if you were brought up eating haggis, it's still wrong.)
It's actually depressing how many people don't see this and just go through life like preprogrammed automotons they are.
Anyway, that's what I think.
As a side note, I suspect the practice of eating dog meat was born of poverty and necessity. But maybe it's more simple than that. Maybe they just hate dogs. Sometimes, when I'm in bed and my neighbour let's her dog out, I don't blame them.
I keed, I keed!