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alex_antonin thinks there's really no difference between eating a dog and eating any other animal. He goes on to talk about dogs being an untapped meat market, and that if he had the money, he would start a business producing cruelty-free dog meat, and then pay to battle any animal cruelty charges that were based solely on the fact that the animal being raised for meat was dogs. It's an interesting read, and thought provoking. I myself would not partake of such a product, but I agree it would be interesting to see someone fight to legally have such a business. Because which animals are "food" and which are "not food" is, in many cases, just a social construct.

Poll #1707232 Would you try cruelty-free dog meat?

Would you try cruelty-free dog meat?

Yes, out of curiosity.
4(22.2%)
Yes, I've been wanting to try it for ages!
0(0.0%)
Maybe
6(33.3%)
No.
5(27.8%)
HELL no!
3(16.7%)
I would set on fire anyone who produced it or ate it.
0(0.0%)

Would you support commercially-sold, cruelty free dog meat?

Yes, dogs are just as good a source of meat as any animal.
2(11.1%)
Maybe
10(55.6%)
No.
4(22.2%)
HELL no!
2(11.1%)
I would burn down any store that sold it.
0(0.0%)

You are...

a carnivore
1(5.6%)
an omnivore
13(72.2%)
vegetarian of some sort
0(0.0%)
vegan
0(0.0%)
I only eat things that have died of their own accord
0(0.0%)
I only eat dirt
1(5.6%)
other, and I will explain in comments.
0(0.0%)
I am a filthy, disgusting freegan
0(0.0%)
I am a freegan and I resent that previous option! (boo hoo hoober!)
0(0.0%)
I get all my energy directly from the sun (I envy you, solar-powered person!)
1(5.6%)
I don't eat at all. (Go home, Kate Moss! You're drunk again.)
0(0.0%)
I only consume alcohol.
2(11.1%)

Comments

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bloodbeauty
Feb. 20th, 2011 10:38 am (UTC)
i'm kind of curious what it tastes like, but i dunno, i think i'd have to see whether they really *were* happy but it still feels weird.
kelly_holden
Feb. 20th, 2011 10:58 am (UTC)
My problem with dog meat is that dogs are carnivores, and I feel that we're probably safer eating herbivores and omnivores fed a primarily herbivorous diet. I feel the same squick at the thought of eating crocodile, and I've eaten kangaroo, though I didn't like it much.
arinwolfe
Feb. 20th, 2011 11:34 am (UTC)
*nod* similarly I thought carnivore meat had something bad for you in it, drawing a complete blank on what it is.
laplor
Feb. 20th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
My only objection to eating dogs and other carnivores is exactly what kellyholden said. I am not sure I'm comfortable with the idea of eating animals that almost exclusively eat other animals. It feels somehow less safe than eating herbivores.

And yes, I realize that pigs are naturally omnivores, and that there have been instances where animals have had parts of other animals routinely included in their feed. To me these are reasons to review the tangentially related question of the ethical production of all food.
fayanora
Feb. 20th, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
Putting cattle bone dust in cattle feed (to increase their calcium intake) resulted in Mad Cow Disease. But that's cannibalism.
baron_waste
Feb. 20th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
“You are - ”

A Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican.

I'm always so tempted to tell these women with their snivelling yappy little chihuahuas that the Mexicans bred those dogs as canine Cornish Rock Hens, i e food animals. It's not like they were Europe, with sheep and horses and oxen and cattle, with wheat and rice and oats and barley and peas… They had wild pigs, monkeys, dogs and deer. That's it. And corn. And insects. Oh, and humans, of course, though they weren't human, they were enemy. You take what you can get.

fayanora
Feb. 20th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
Re: “You are - ”
Actually, the Americas are rife with various food items. Tomatos, for one. If I hadn't just woken up, I could think of more. But a lot of those were from North America, I think you may still have a valid point, that South America's food options were pretty crappy.
baron_waste
Feb. 21st, 2011 09:46 am (UTC)
Re: Food

Peanuts.

I twigged to this when I saw that the Spanish for peanuts is cacahuates. O is that so. I looked it up; sure enough, tlalcacahuatl is the word Europeans first heard for it. (Like Aroughcun, which as 'raccoon' became the first Native American word to enter the English language.)

kengr
Feb. 20th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Keep in mind that *because* they are carnivores, dogs would be a really expensive source of meat.

General rule of thumb is that it takes 5-10 pounds of plants to support a pound of herbivore.

It takes 5-10 pounds of herbivore to support a carnivore.

So that's an *awful* lot of vegetation going to produce not a lot of dog meat (ditto for a lot of herbivore meat going to support the production of dog meat).

There's a *reason* carnivore meat isn't anything but a specialty item.
fayanora
Feb. 21st, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
I wonder... if it's that inefficient, how did the mesoamericans feed the chihuahuas? Hmm... perhaps they fed their dogs insects.

Edited at 2011-02-21 12:01 am (UTC)
kengr
Feb. 21st, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
See comment above, chihuahuas were bred as alarms, not food.
daddys_kitten_
Feb. 21st, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
Rationally, I know my reasons are arbitrary and sentimental. But I could never ever ever eat dogs, cats, or horses. (Unless I was literally starving, then all bets are off.)
baron_waste
Feb. 21st, 2011 09:55 am (UTC)

I'm the ame way about dolphins. Killing the one creature in this world whose intelligece equals or surpasses our own, and has chosen of its own will to be friends with Man, seems an act of wanton murder.

wizwom
Feb. 21st, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)
Dog is not a kashrut (clean) animal. It's not fit for human consumption, even if raised carefully disease-free and treated humanely.
baron_waste
Feb. 21st, 2011 10:13 am (UTC)

Which logically implies that the cultures which do eat dogs must not be human. Such reasoning has left many axe-perforated skulls at archeological sites. And gnawed bones of same: As I said above, those not of The People are not people.

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