kheru2006 (kheru2006) wrote,

9 Countries That Eat Cats and Dogs

The slaughter of dogs and cats for food or other purposes. Man best friend held captives in China.

“Dog does not eat dog, but the Chinese, Koreans and Vietnamese do”.

Oh, the joy and pain of stereotyping! Pain for those to whom it does not apply.
Why the others should resent it is unclear. Unless they feel that there is something wrong with it after all.

Some arguments in defense:

  1. People are poor and hungry

  2. Dogs and cats are considered to be similar to vegetables there, not companions

  3. “None has ever been able to give me reasons WHY NOT to eat dogs or cats"

  4. Why is eating dogs any different to eating cows, sheep, horses or rabbits?

  5. Dog and cat eating is cultural

Source: Animal Freedom Org

Country: Vietnam

Every year thousands of stray cats and dogs are snatched up from the streets of Ho Chi Minh City (and even from neighboring towns in Thailand) and sold to local restaurants and street food vendors in the Vietnamese capital. The demand for dog meat is, in fact, so high that it’s the center of a . Dog meat can sell for around $10 per kilogram and is used for dishes like dog stew, served warm in a soup of blood. Other dishes served are barbecued dog with lemongrass and ginger, steamed dog with shrimp-paste sauce, dog entrails sliced thin like sausage, and skewered dog, marinated in chili and coriander.

Country: Switzerland

The practice of eating cat and dog meat is surprisingly common amongst farmers in the Alpine nation — the preferred doggy meat is a relation to the Rottweiler, which is apparently quite “beefy” and a favorite in certain rural cantons of Appenzell and St. Gallen, among others. Consumption is also quite popular in the Rhine Valley where access to meat products is usually quite scarce. The dog lard is also used for medicinal purposes.

While eating cats and dogs is not illegal in Switzerland, the animals are still required to be killed humanely (the law doesn’t necessarily dictate was counts as “humane”).

Country: Tahiti

There have always been cats and dogs in Tahiti and on the islands of Polynesia, and they were used as a food source like any other for hundreds of years. Then the Europeans arrived in 1769 with their ideas that cats and dogs were really loveable household pets that shouldn’t be turned into stew. Yet the practice persists, particularly when there’s not enough meat available for more parochial fare (even Captain Cook and his men were reported to have eaten dog meat when they first arrived).

Country: China
Cat and dog meat can be found on plenty of menus across China — it is, in fact, a long standing culinary tradition in many parts of Asia. In southern Chinese cities like Guangzhou, dogs are kept in holding pens and supplied to restaurants for a variety of menu items like dog hot pot, dog soup, and dog steak. "Dog meat is good for your health and metabolism," . “In the summer it helps you sweat."
Historically, dogs were really bred for their meat by the Aztecs. For hundreds of years, eating dog meat has been a staple of the culinary culture of the Americas. In some parts of the country the pra
Country: Mexico
Historically, dogs were really bred for their meat by the Aztecs. For hundreds of years, eating dog meat has been a staple of the culinary culture of the Americas. In some parts of the country the practice is still going strong, particularly among the homeless, very poor, and destitute.

Country: South Korea
It’s the world’s 14th largest economy, yet every year around 2.5 million cats and dogs are in South Korea. While dog meat is consumed throughout the year, it is particularly popular in the summer. Known as “ ”, Koreans believe eating dogs on the warmest days of the year helps beat the heat. While animal rights groups are furious about the trend (the animals are usually electrocuted, beaten, or hanged to death) eating cats and dogs is a $2 billion a year industry in the country.

Areas near the Arctic Circle
We’re familiar with the idea of huskies pulling sled teams through the furious snow drifts of the Poles. The harsh weather conditions make it the sort of place where certain winter dog breeds thrive and humans couldn’t really get by without them. Yet, when the going gets particularly tough, the tough get going… all the way to the soup pot (the dogs are also used as a food source when there’s nothing else on the menu). Historically, dogs have been used as an emergency food source in Arctics, Siberia, Alaska, northern Canada and Greenland for centuries, so it’s really a tried and tested formula.

Country: US
Yes, even in some parts of the U.S. you’ll find people that are completely okay with eating puppies. There’ve been reports aplenty across the Aloha state about people eating stray cats and dogs for years. There’re also plenty of pets that are kidnapped for human consumption too. An eight-year-old Labrador was recently dog-napped from an equipment shack at a golf course (where his owner left him while he was teeing-off) by local landscape workers who butchered and ate him.

Hawaii’s house committee recently tried to pass a bill banning the eating of cats and on the island, but because there was too little concrete, legislative evidence for it (meaning that while it does happen a lot, not everyone goes to jail for it so there aren’t formal records). It takes the American “hot dog” to a whole new level, no?

Country: Taiwan
Eating cats and dogs is not only extremely popular in Taiwan but there is a prolific supplying strays to local restaurants and meat vendors across the country. The meat is usually added to other, more parochial meat dishes for added flavor. For the record, the government has passed the practice, but it still persists and is very popular particularly in smaller towns and villages.

Yahoo News Malaysia Sat April 12, 2014
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