Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Latest Menu in Restaurant: DOG MEAT?!

Latest Menu in Restaurant: DOG MEAT ?! by Shayne Lee
-Dogs are man's best friend ans friends do not eat friends... Its really sad to see this happening throughout the world... and now...

Picture from DOGMEAT.ORG

Veterinary Services Department (DVS) deputy director general Dr Ahmad Suhaimi Omar made the suggestion at a forum on effective animal pound management organised by the Petaling Jaya City Council’s Canine Advisory Team last week, that stray dogs held at pounds be sold for human consumption — as a method of stray management.

For those who are unaware of this, stray dogs that captured are now only kept for seven days at local pounds and will then be humanely euthanised(put to sleep) if the dogs remained unclaimed after the week.

With this ‘win-win’ suggestion to solve the increasing number of stray dogs captured – sell it off for human consumption, Dr Ahmad argued that "In principle, most religions would basically allow the slaughter if the slaughter of an animal is for the purpose of consumption."

Here are some thoughtful quotes made by Dr Ahmad:-

“Do we have to keep the dogs at the pounds forever? They are animals, just like chickens or goats.”

"Once the dog is caught and nobody claims it, what do you suggest we do? If people want to consume (dogs), why not let them?”

"We should not impose our values onto others. If you cannot eat dog meat, you cannot stop one from taking it. Like pork, for example. I cannot eat it but I cannot stop you from eating it.

"This is how we have been able to live harmoniously in Malaysia. We have to be open. It is an individual decision, if others want to eat it, it is up to them."

Such statement made by Dr Ahmad is making me furious.

A slight silly thought crossed my mind, “Does this mean we should just slaughter human for food because there are too many inmates in the jails?”


Dog Meat Trade

(I struggled for quite sometimes to write about this because I could not even look at the pictures when I found these infos)

Dog meat is eaten in some countries like Thailand, Vietnam, China and South Korea. Certain breeds of dogs are raised on farms and butchered for their meat. Dog meat may be consumed as an alternative source of meat. Almost all dogs that are used for meat are imported from Southeast Asian countries and from dog robbers.

Within Thailand, this no-stoplight town known as Ta Rae, is regionally known as a nerve center in Southeast Asia's stray dog meat trade. For decades, enterprising Thais have grown wealthy gathering society’s canine pests by the tens of thousands and selling them to Vietnamese and Laos distributors for about $10 per head. (Such a lucrative business huh?) Reported source says that there are at least 17 dog slaughter houses and 300 people involved in dog meat trading in Ta Rae, which exports up to 4,000 kilograms (8,800 pounds) of dog meat across the country every day, smuggled through river borders illegally each month. In a region where many turn to the rice paddies for work, dog meat trading is a tempting alternative.

Dogs being transported at Thailand border

Vietnam - where demand for roasted dog sells for triple the price of pork. Dog Meat or thit cho is a specialty in the North of Vietnam arisen from famines during the many years of war in the country. Since the wars, eating dog meat has remained popular and has now become part of the culture, a special tradition in the lives of the Vietnamese people. In Hanoi, the chances of ordering dog meat in when eating out in a Vietnamese restaurant and receiving dog meat are about as likely as ordering a hamburger at McDonalds here. Eating dog meat is to be believed as a male bonding exercise in Vietnam. Groups of customers, usually male, seated on mats, will spend their evenings sharing plates of dog meat and drinking alcohol. In 2009, dog meat was found to be a main carrier of the Vibrio cholerae bacterium, which caused the summer epidemic of cholera in northern Vietnam.

Roasted dog meat in Hanoi, Vietnam

The consumption of dog meat in Korean, in South Korea has a long history as with some other Eastern Asian cultures. Korean people had mostly depended on crops for diet for millennia, not raising many pigs, chickens, or any other meat animals. Cattle had been valuable as working animals for farming. Therefore, Koreans had had limited sources of animal protein, and the most affordable and available animal meats usually had come from dogs. Dog meat has now been categorized as 'repugnant food' under a regulation issued by Seoul Metropolitan Government. However, selling dog meat is almost legal in South Korea as the laws are not strictly enforced and some portions of South Korean population still consume dog meat. With over 6,000 restaurants in Korea serving up about 1 million dogs a year, it would seem to be a difficult task indeed to stop the Koreans from eating dogs. Dog meat is often consumed during the summer months and is either roasted or prepared in soups or stews. The most popular of these soups is Gaejang-guk, a spicy stew meant to balance the body's heat during the summer months. This is thought to ensure good health by balancing one's "ki" or vital energy of the body.

Gaejang-guk - spicy stew dog meat soup in Korea

Recent evidence shows that the market is expanding with the growth of the dog meat and breeding industry in China. Dog farms are currently springing up all over China, with industry ads boasting high rates of return, three times as profitable as poultry, and four times as profitable as raising pigs. Chinese dog farmers believe that in a few short years, dog farms will become as prolific as those raising sheep and cattle. In Peixian for example, 300,000 dogs are slaughtered annually. Some farms raise as many as 100,000 dogs a year, most for slaughter but some also for their fur. The animals are killed at about 6 months of age. The eating of dog meat in China dates back thousands of years from at least around 500 BC, and possibly even before. Dog meat - known as "fragrant meat" has long been thought by some to have medicinal properties, and is especially popular in winter months as it is believed to generate heat and promote bodily warmth. During the 2008 Olympic Beijing, officials ordered dog meat off the menus at local markets to avoid upsetting international visitors.

A stall selling dog meat in China

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”, Mahatma Gandhi quotes.

Do They look like food to you...?.

This article was published in PETSTER Magazine Issue#23, Page 22 & 23

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