« Far From Home: Scenes From a Tibetan Refugee School in Northern India | Main | Patience Please... »

2010.02.20

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341c509553ef0120a8b8f2d1970b

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Ban on Dog and Cat Meat in China? Not Exactly:

Comments

Dave -nibbleanibble

Honestly, a law wouldn't really do much in China. At most, the police would show up for some sort of bribe and all will be well again...for the restaurant.

Carmelita

Just testing Robyn, to see if I can type a comment today! I left a comment on this well balanced article on your Facebook page already.

Joy

After reading about "dog hot pot", I'm going give pause the next time I eat a hot dog. I suppose it'll be OK, so long as it wasn't made in China.

Preeta

I hope I won't offend anyone with this comment, but I honestly don't see why the consumption of dog meat should be banned. Pigs are possibly even more intelligent than dogs, and certainly quite sociable and capable of similar affection etc. etc. Yet there's never been an attempt to ban the consumption of pork (except in Muslim countries, but that's an obviously different story), and this is purely because the consumption of pork is not a foreign or weird concept to the West. Sure, there should be strict animal welfare laws to ensure that the animals people choose to eat are raised and slaughtered humanely, with the chance for decent lives. And no one anywhere should be consuming endangered animals. But to decide what's acceptable to eat and what's not acceptable, based *purely* on which ones the West sees as pets or companion animals (dogs and cats are definitely not endangered, after all) has always seemed xenophobic to me, even though I am an inveterate dog lover and have never eaten dog meat myself.

Robyn

Dave - you could say that about a lot of things in China, but I'm not sure it's a valid argument *against* a law.

Hi Preeta - Thanks for your comment, don't worry about offending it's an open forum here.

It's true, there is no logical argument against the consumption of dog and cat meat. The way dogs and cats are often killed in China (it's believed that more adreniline before death -- achieved by inflicting lots of pain, of course -- makes for more tender meat), however is objectionable.

But I don't agree that it's xenophobic to wish for a ban in China, simply because there are more and more Chinese who themselves object to the consumption of dog and cat meat (for the reasons explained in the article). My feeling is that there's little basis to the 'culture' argument bec cultures, all aspects of cultures, are living things that change over time. (Kind of like those ridiculous arguments about democracy not being compatible with Asian culture, you know?)

Ultimately I am with Animal Asia's founder --- let the Chinese decide for themselves, of course. If attitudes change to the extent that a critical mass objects to the consumption of dog meat and it's banned bec of that I don't see a problem with it. Nor do I see a problem with working on behalf of 'changing minds' in that direction via projects like Dr Dog etc.

Simon inEaston

Can't honestly say I can see the difference between cute fluffy lambs, cute fluffy bunny rabbits, cute fluffy guinea-pigs and cute fluffy cats 'n dogs - let's eat 'em all, I say :-)))

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.