In my last post, I mentioned about one of the sources of dog meat dishes is come from dog farms, yet this commercial type of dog meat trade is only popularly available in Korea. In China and Vietnam, despite dog meat is quite popular and is displayed for sell publicly, there is seemingly no difficulty for dog meat restaurants to insinuate quarantine regulations, as this kind of meat is not listed as ordinary animal products in these countries.
There is nearly no way to tell whether dog meat cuisines are cooked from healthy or diseased dogs, or whether they are slaughtered when still being alive or have already poisoned to death. Some dogs are former pets, yet collected by these restaurants after these pets died from illness. Especially in rural areas, people are more superstitious and tend to avoid bury death animals in their yard so they sell them to dog meat restaurants with the hope of getting some money. Because dog meat won’t be bit off for at least 8 hours since the dog died, these restaurants exploit this cheap source of ingredient to make profit. Furthermore, dog meat is usually marinated and cooked with strongly flavoured herbs and spices, therefore it is impossible for consumers to discern a difference. Similarly, many dogs with scabies are still used, as after marinated and char-broiled, they become ‘delicious’ again and are ready to serve. More hazardously, the extreme poison that many dog theft gangs commonly use to capture pet dogs might still remain in the victim’s veins and meat, even after being cooked. This poison will negatively affect the consumer’s body, which might range from stomachache, diarrhoea, vomit, to convulsion, faint and even death.
The dog meat eating habit in Asian country is not only seen as a taboo, but also raises serious concerns about sanitary and other health-related issues. If you are a person believe that there is no wrong with the habit, the later reason hopefully can change your mind.