It is harder to imagen them eating something of the same species you're so close to, Isn't it?
I have cats, Dogs, Guineas, I've had rabbits, Fish and a horse. I've been around cows, Chickens, Goats and many reptiles through-out my life.
It hits a lot of people 'closer to home' when they hear about another culture eating the same species that they share such a bond with.
I've never felt that way myself. But I do understand where the people are coming from. Not everyone can be compassonate about an animal they've never had a real non exploitive experience with. Some people just can't get the thought of 'what if it was mine' out of their head when hearing about the same species being killed.
I don't like that people see what other cultures eat as 'disgusting and wrong' then they turn around and eat another animal because it's 'not the same'.
I don't expect todays 'common majority' to understand that all animals are wonderful when allowed to be. I just hope that someday the public can be better educated and learn to extend their circle of compasson.