I don't completely disagree, but they are still not tortured in the same manner as the dogs are. Yes, I admit, they kept in cramped and often unsanitary conditions, but they still do not tie back the legs and hang them until death just so the meat is "more tender."
We hunt racoons and the old timers say that the ones treed by dogs taste better because all the stress they went through before being killed. My mother is from the pacific Islds. and they eat some things that are totally taboo to me. Its sad what we think of as pets are food to others but look at veal and the hogs we raise , we keep confined so the meat dont get so tough.Nothing worse than stringy grainy meat so tough you have to use it as hamburg. I guess the human food chain starts to look as vicious as the national geograpic movies we see on tv. Its a tough world out there.
I do NOT condone any cruel treatment to animals, but I think it is hypocritical to start pointing fringers at mainly asian countries and claiming all their cultures and ideals are wrong and cruel. There are whale tribes here in the Pac. Northwest that hunt our almost endangered orcas. Eskimo's kill, eat and make clothes from Polar bears and seals. Lots of cultures eat and use animals. I've seen film clips from slaughter houses all around the USA for Kentucky Fried Chicken and that is GRUESOME. That happens right here. To get on here and be Hysterical about dogs and cats (in OTHER countries mind you) when Besty the cow, Babe the pig, and Chicken Little are being stomped on and snuffed out every day is just silly. Do you think cave men kept pets running around? Probably not, they ate what they needed. In MY opinion we have domesticated and civilized ourselves through self governing/rules for hundreds of thousands of years and become friends with the "furries"...that doesn't mean ALL humans love and respect them. In my opinion any person going after a cause and only pursuing a cause that affects them personally defeats the whole cause. If you're going to take on dog/cat eating you might as well throw in all the monkeys, lions, emu's, crabs, lobsters, TURKEYS, pigs, and CHRISTMAS hams out there. They have feelings too and it's selfish to rule them out and refer to them as FLESH and dogs and cats by species. My two cents.
I hate to call out about fifty people on TP BUT there was particular post on here a week ago commenting on the "Weirdest Food They've Ever Eaten"!!! I am fairly certain they were ALL animals and ALL had feelings and I didn't see anyone throwing fits over animals' right then.
***Edited By: sweetgmichelle on 12/30/2005 9:12:34 PM*** Reason: ADD
I wanted to respond to the person refering to whale hunting with Alaskan Indian tribes...The tribes aren't just up there killing with no reason...it's a part of their tradition and culture..they don't just go out on a killing spree...it's part of a ritual that the country allows for...They taking of a life is a huge deal to native american tribes (eskimos are considered part of a native tribe) The animal that dies is not a trophy, thanks is given for the life... life of all beings it is considered sacred.
I am assuming that everyone here agrees with hunting laws of hog, deer, duck, turkey, rabbit, ect since I haven't seen anyone going off about baiting deer stands with corn. So I can assume I can give ideas to those who are wanting to break away from what goes on in commercial slaughter houses. For those of you who won't buy store pork, you should get a hunting liscense and go out to get a wild hog...grocery store pork chops can't compete neither can the sausage. AND you are aiding in population control. Don't like Beef jerkey...you should really try goose jerky, it has a distinct taste that is much better than the over processed bagged garbage sold in stores. Why have a Christmas ham when you can have a smoked Christmas goose or duck. Instead of BBQing that chicken that was caged hunt some doves to BBQ...wrapped in bacon with a jalapeno and cream cheeses is magnificant. AND again control the population of these animals so they don't start starving to death...Want to change that morning sausage...you should try deer sausage, or a venisin steak...very nice...I don't think you have to be a meat eater...but I also know personally I couldn't go without it, neither could my family...we do a lot of our meat shopping durin the hunting season and put it in the freezer. Yes we will go for chicken, or a steak but the best tasting meat I have had has been from the wild. Not trying to bash anyone no matter which way you go...just giving alternatives to those who want to change their life style a bit.
Where is this information from about France using dogs and cats as shark bait? I tried the link but couldn't get in. I will try again later. I recently spent some time in France, mostly on the west coast where plenty of commercial fishing goes on and I had never seen nor heard any such story. What I did notice was how people there treated their pets. Dogs were allowed into the stores, museums, the old churches I toured and all of the parks, etc... I even saw them in the poshest stores in Paris. The were basically allowed to go anywhere their owners went. A lot of people had these nifty back-packs made to securely carry the smaller dogs on their backs. I never saw 1 single stray dog or cat ANYWHERE. I will definately call my aunt there tomorrow and ask her about this. I do hope it is just some ugly rumor.
I've been a vegetarian for the past 6 years for the reasons Ivy has mentioned, but it's not the right choice for everyone.
Much of the animal cruelty today has nothing to do with "meat eating" though. I think one of the most barbaric practices around right now is "finning". Sharks are caught, their fins are sliced off of them while alive, and then they are thrown back into the ocean where they sink and drown. Some of the fins are eaten as a delicacy and many more are ground up and made into powders that go into various cosmetic creams. It doesn't matter what country is doing this...it's just another example of humans not recognizing that another creature can suffer.