After uploading my pics of Snoop on Flickr yesterday, I did a search for “dog” on it. To my surprise, I found a series of photos about eating dogs in Vietnam. The photos are graphic, and are definitely not safe for work or children. Or if you are squeamish or a vegetarian.
As a dog lover, I am naturally disgusted but I don’t condemn the behaviour. Why? Because to condemn it would be hypocritical of a meat eater. I love my meat: beef, mutton, chicken, seafood, fish, and I’ve even tried kangaroo and crocodile. The only distinction is that dogs are traditionally kept as pets in Western society and increasingly in modern Asian homes.
Dogs bred for their meat are farmed just like any other meat. If you view it purely from a humanitarian perspective, how then is this different to the cows, pigs and chickens slaughtered for our consumption? For example, to Hindus we are eating their sacred animal and thus would come across as equally barbaric to them.
Also, culturally the practice itself has existed for a very long time – two thousand years at least in China. Other countries that consume dog include Korea and Vietnam. (source: Wikipedia)
Hmm, food for thought? Ok bad pun but view this gallery with an open mind as the photographer did when he took these photos. He even tried some of the meat!
Link to photo gallery on Flickr, along with an informative and thought provoking piece written by the photographer – “Th?t chó” means eating a (hot) dog – literally. (Warning: Not Safe For Work, Children, Vegetarians and the Squeamish)
If the above is not for you, his other photos are excellent.
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