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Is it ever OK to eat dogs?

While in theory, it shouldn’t be worse to eat a dog than a rabbit, it is hard for us to overcome the social stigma we (in the West) associate with eating dogs. 

The consumption of dog meat in South Korea, where it is known as ‘Gaegogi’, has a long history originating during Three Kingdoms of Korea, AD C. 57. In recent years, it has been controversial both in South Korea and around the world, due to animal rights and sanitary concerns.

Simon Cowell has teamed up with the Humane Society International (HSI) to raise awareness about the brutal conditions and killings of the ‘kind, helpless and sweet’ dogs involved.

Yesterday there was a debate on Good Morning Britain between Antony Worrall Thompson, Chef, and Sara Damergi, TV presenter which explored both sides of the argument.

Antony has the view that our culture finds it acceptable to eat pigs and cows, so is this any worse than eating dogs? Eating Guinea pigs in Peru is considered a delicacy and cows are sacred to Hindus.

Simon Cowell has expressed his devastation at the brutal killings of ‘kind, helpless’ animals as he vows to stop the dog meat farming trade in South Korea and said ‘If everyone could come together now, through social media, through a different generation who just say no, enough people will listen. That’s what happens in the world today.’

But what do you think? Do you agree with Simon Cowell and support his views to stop dog meat farming in South Korea? Should we be condemning other cultures for eating dog meat? 

Is it ever OK to eat dogs?

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Calli
1st Jun 2018
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No. no, no, never would it be right.
BridgetF3
12th Feb 2018
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Much as I hate this thought I personally don't feel I have the right to say what people can or cannot eat, my real issue with this is the way that the dogs and cats are slaughtered. They are usually tortured first creating adrenaline as the belief is it tenderises the meat before they are boiled alive.
Sadly I don't think this point was brought across at all in the interview.
SilverDreamwalker
9th Feb 2018
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The question listed here is:-
Is it ever OK to eat dogs?
My answer is yes. If I was ever in the position of starvation and it's either the dog or me, it'll be the dog every time. Hey, open your mouth and look at the selection of teeth you have. We're designed to eat meat, raw or cooked.
Yodama
17th Jan 2018
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As a choice...never!
I don't think anyone knows what they will do if starvation faces them.
Air crash passengers turned cannibal in order to survive.
We can't say for certain what we would do in these circumstances.

God forbid!
viking
21st Dec 2017
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Yes it's all very true and lovely if you are sitting in a warm house giving out your views. However bad situations result in taking a different viewpoint.
The plane crash in the high Andes mountains resulted in dead passengers being eaten by the survivors to survive.
Presumably if there had been any dogs around at that height, the survivors would have eaten them rather than eat human flesh.
The question posed was, is it OK to eat dogs, answer in similar circumstances to the above- Yes.
nickella
21st Dec 2017
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Dogs are mans best friend. For thousands of years they have been the friend of man. They hunted with them, slept with them - giving bodily warmth. They protected man, looked after their flocks and herds - pulled sleds, saved people and I can go on.
They are not food - the are friends, protectors and working animals.
Joan Fraser
18th Dec 2017
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Although I say an emphatic NO - I am only speaking for myself and the culture I have been brought up in; and of course I also love pets. Horse meat, veal, venison, beef, liver & kidneys (from any animal), may be as appalling to others who eat dogs, whilst others may prefer grubs and insects - the thought of which makes me want to throw up
Slackonovski
15th Dec 2017
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Dreadful thought..too much immigration feeds these thoughts.
jeanmark
15th Dec 2017
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Immigration has nothing to do with the diet of other countries. If you have travelled extensively, you will be aware that the consumption of dog and cat has been going on for centuries in a number of countries. Many of these may think our eating cow and pig is abhorrent, so what is the difference?
viking
14th Dec 2017
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It has been estimated by[?] that 25 million dogs are eaten by humans world wide.
Shamanism also known as Muism does not seem to specify the correct way of despatching a dog before eating.
Hope this discussion ends well.
Any military personel out there who served in the Korean war, who can give us first hand information ??
jeanmark
14th Dec 2017
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Sorry Viking, South Korea isn't the only country that is known to eat dog. Those documented include China, Nigeria, the Arctic and Antarctic, Vietnam, Switzerland and Indonesia (some of these may also eat cat such as Switzerland).

I do understand the point you are making about slaughter but the actual practice of eating dog shouldn't be condemned just because it isn't accepted in the UK. There are countries who would condemn us for eating cow, pig and lamb. In the UK there are people who condemn the way we slaughter animals for food although we believe it is humane.

What is appalling is how some of these animals are farmed. Similarities can be made with our puppy and kitten 'farms', the only difference is we don't eat the animal!
bluemoon239
12th Dec 2017
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viking
12th Dec 2017
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The point here is if dogs are being slaughtered for food,irrespective of religion/culture they should be despatched in a humain fashion, not in the Halal fashion. See my previous remarks about starvation, and the necessity to try to stay alive.
jeanmark
12th Dec 2017
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Viking, I'm not sure what you mean as why would dogs be slaughter by the Halal method? This is predominately a Muslim means of slaughter and Muslims are forbidden to eat dog.
viking
12th Dec 2017
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Sorry to say but religion= culture. See previous, reference Korea.
jeanmark
12th Dec 2017
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I accept that religion and culture are interlinked but they are not the same. Trying to place a specific definition on either can be difficult and thus can be confused as being one and the same. “Religion” is often defined as the belief in or the worship of a god or gods. Whilst religion affects cultures, it can also be affected by culture, as religion is often seen as an essential layer of culture but is not solely culture.

Different religions may share the same culture but different religious beliefs. For example, some of the habits of British Christian and British Muslims are the same but their religious beliefs differ. The same can be said of diets, different countries have different diets and one may find eating dog acceptable but eating cow or pig unacceptable. Vegans may well argue that eating any flesh is wrong but share our culture. The fact we may not agree with a another countries practices doesn't make them wrong just different.

This discussion is about eating dog not on how the animals are slaughtered. There are separate arguments that may well condemn how we slaughter animals.
viking
10th Dec 2017
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We are bending over backwards to accomodate certain religions, and in the process allow extreme cruelty to animals ie. Halal butchery which is carried out daily.
Sorry I can not see the difference between this type of butchery on someones pet lamb, rabbit, cow or pet dog ,cat etc.
If we choose to eat any animal then surely they deserve a decent send off and be dispatched in the most humane fashion.
So if your religion says eat a dog- please have it killed in a humane way.
jeanmark
10th Dec 2017
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I'm not sure there are religious reasons for eating dog, just cultural ones and is there evidence to suggest they are not killed humanely? I also understand Muslims, who do eat Halal meat, are forbidden to eat dog.
La Terriere
10th Dec 2017
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It is an abhorrent practice not acceptable to us in the UK... Most definitely should be classified as illegal in the UK ( if it's not already).
jeanmark
10th Dec 2017
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Us eating beef and pork is abhorrent to other cultures and certainly isn't acceptable to them. I'm not convinced they would condemn us for following what is acceptable to us but would accept we have different values and beliefs.
Squilly22
10th Dec 2017
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I feel if this became acceptable and now we have a multi cultural mix in Britain of people who thought this was okay,would our pets become food fodder !!! I remember years ago back in the sixties there was a Chinese restaurant opened up in our town and my parents took us all there when we had a special occasion and sadly it closed and for this very reason they found dogs in the freezer mostly Alsatians the thought of us eating someones pet was so awful and upset my parents for a long time........This would become an underground arrangement where offering money for so many dogs just like they do in their country and we would never know .
Shocking as this may seem but it will happen ....my Parents gave this newly opened restaurant a chance the first in our town so my opinion has nothing to do with racism or anything like that .These are the facts and cannot be brushed under the carpet.
I have seen a programme Documented how these poor animals are slaughtered cats dogs it was a total nightmare!!!
jeanmark
8th Dec 2017
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Interesting question. Other cultures would ask the same about cows, pigs etc. The fact we see dogs as pets in our culture, surely doesn't make it wrong for other cultures when set in their own countries. We would object to them asking us to stop eating animals they see as sacred, so what is the difference?
ArthurB4
8th Dec 2017
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Not in the UK definitely not. But we are helpless to stop it in the countries who do.
We love our Pets.
They see them as food, different cultures totally different environment to us and a totally different way of life.
linj
8th Dec 2017
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Man’s best friend, certainly not.
Pam1960
7th Dec 2017
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It is not something I would choose to do however if I was starving I couldnt say for definite that I wouldn't. Circumstance often governs our decisions. How do we make choices on what animals we eat? It has been mentioned that dogs are our friends do we shouldnt eat them. What about horse and rabbits? Is it more acceptable to eat baby animals such as veal and lamb? If we feel so strongly about not eating certain animals then maybe we should be looking at giving up all meat
ArthurB4
8th Dec 2017
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viking
7th Dec 2017
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During WW2 eating a dog saved many people from starvation ask any survivors German/Russian from the siege of Stalingrad.
Yes eat dog if the devil drives.
lizfid3
7th Dec 2017
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Love dogs too much ever to eat one. Don't like beef, pork or lamb so probably wouldn't like it anyway.
Dianelily
7th Dec 2017
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No. Wouldn’t eat a rabbit either.
Munsterlander
6th Dec 2017
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As a dog lover this is just not right. Dogs are clever lovely animals.
Alicia
6th Dec 2017
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No it is not, what a disgusting idea 🙁
kentrix39
6th Dec 2017
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Would you eat a friend!!!!! We are, well the majority of us anyway, are no longer barbarians and do not need to eat dog.
Marley444
6th Dec 2017
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I saw the interview on TV yesterday, and I have to say that although I would personally never knowingly eat dog meat, I think that it is very hypocritical if we tell another culture what they should and shouldn't eat. What if they told us that it was equally wrong to farm pigs, who are also intelligent and have feelings? I think this a big can of worms and I am unsure how we can help/influence this. I think trophy hunting is far worse than this personally.
ArthurB4
8th Dec 2017
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Wilf
6th Dec 2017
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This is just not right! But I do think in many ways we should stop eating animals. Its very cruel. I do eat meat but often think I should stop. Cows and Pigs are lovely creatures and we should not really be eating them. The Norwegians and Japanese eat whales. that is wrong. I could not face eating a dog especially when our dog is such a loved member of our family. The kids love him more than me! Lets stop eating meat full stop. Maybe if the Britsi did it we could set an example?

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