Asian myths-do Chinese really eat dogs?

United States
July 17, 2012 10:30pm CST
I heard a lot of American saying that or asking me, do we really eat dogs? I quite shock, cus who the hell a person would eat dogs, as a Chinese we seems to have this bad reputation, that's a shame, in my blog, I just post a new article, I mentioned detail in china, Taiwan and hong kong what the situation and how is it like over there. We were poor back then, but now everything change dramatically now, the living condition and everything is advanced. We are civilized, we won't eat dogs like non civillized people. Anyway, that's not true, I personally never eat dogs.
8 responses
@jkct02 (2860)
• Malaysia
18 Jul 12
It is not a myth in Asia. It is a fact. Many Asians take dog meat as just one of the meats like pork, beef or chicken. As far as I know, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino, and maybe some others eat dog meat culturally. Although this practice is mostly not encouraged or even banned nowadays, there are still such activities. Whether it is "civilized" to eat or not, I think those people that involve could have their own opinions. They could say that they consider dogs are just like pigs and cows. If eating pork and beef is okay, why can't dog? They could argue that if they keep a cow as pet, can they ask the world to stop eating beef? They could also say that if we care about suffering of the animals, then we should not eat any meat at all. A dog is not higher than a cow or a pig as far as life and feeling is concerned. No. I don't eat dog meat, and I love dogs.
• United States
18 Jul 12
But its not the majority of Chinese people will do that, I feel offended when somebody say my culture eat dogs, cus its unbelievable for me. I know nowadays, still a few people in china, live far east still eat dogs, but that's only a few of people. If eating dogs inform them they take for granded, then, that's wrong. U should see the link share before in this disccssion.
@jkct02 (2860)
• Malaysia
19 Jul 12
Dog eaters are minorities in every countries. Same as those who eat snakes, bats and cats. Those culinary habits have nothing to do with civilizedness. University graduates and professionals could be among those who enjoy such food. It is true that in South Eastern China, especially in the province of Guangdong, eating dog meat has been there for centuries, same as in Vietnam, The Philippines and Korea. So that is a culture there. We don't have to be sorry or offended for something that is not under our control. The culture is not made by us. If we don't feel right, we don't have to follow that even if it is something that everyone does.
• United States
19 Jul 12
But the culture can change by the time and knowledge and education, it's wrong, we should not eat dogs.
@marguicha (80172)
• Chile
22 Jul 12
I would say that dog eating belongs to a different culture, not that it is not civilized. In some places (in the US) they eat lizards, deer and they import some sorts of ants from Mexico as a delicacy. In other countries they eat snakes. I have eaten guinea pigs in Perú (yummy!), frog legs (I prefer chicken) and many other sorts of protein as I´m interested in trying local food when I travel. In my opinion, it is better to eat an animal that to die of famine. There are 2 billion undernourished people on Earth. I don´t think there´s much difference (as ethics go) between eating a cow or lamb or eating a dog.
• United States
22 Jul 12
Yeah, if that's a culture thing, then it seems there is no differences but human treat dogs as a pet, u name ur pet, u love them, and just think about it, after u love them u kill them and eat them, that made me really sick. Unfortunately, we just don't use cow as a pet or pigs as a pet.
@katcarneo (1434)
• Philippines
18 Jul 12
In certain Asian countries, dogs were--in the past--primarily food rather than pet. This includes my country. These days, there are already laws against the slaughter of dogs for their meat in my country but the prohibition was only enforced about 12 years ago. In some places, dogs are still killed illegally, although the practice has now become socially unacceptable. I had the same feeling as dog lovers may have when I watched a food show and saw that guinea pigs are eaten in certain Latin American countries. They are so cute, why would people eat them? But over there, guinea pigs are livestock, not cute fluffy pets. I have personally never eaten dog meat and will definitely not, since I am a dog owner. But I cannot deny nor denounce the fact that dog meat eating was a part of my people's culture and history. Things have changed and this is now deemed shameful, but our ancestors did not kill pets and eat them, they killed animals that were really meant to be food.
• United States
18 Jul 12
Exactly, people who eat dogs are crazy, I never no idea what they are thinking. Thanks for ur comments.
@katcarneo (1434)
• Philippines
20 Jul 12
I did not really say people who eat dogs are crazy. I just said that I have not and will not do it. I also recognize that the eating of dog meat is a part of certain cultures and therefore may be hard to completely eliminate.
• Philippines
18 Jul 12
But what are those pictures that I saw on the internet where Chinese slaughter and hang those dogs like they were chicken? Are those hoax?
• United States
18 Jul 12
When did u see that pic? D u know when was the pic taken? I mean those who eat dogs are Chinese probably one out of million people, and those a few people ruined our reputation, I can tell u still sounds pretty shock. I think those image will last very long. That's not good for our culture reputation.
• Philippines
20 Jul 12
I just saw another post about Chinese people selling dog meat and it is kind of bothering.
@maximax8 (27048)
20 Jul 12
I am English and I have a vegan diet. English people that are meet eaters like to east cows, pigs, lambs, fishes and wouldn't eat dogs, cats or horses. We found out in France some people eat snails and horses. I know that in the past due to poverty some of the Chinese people ate dogs. I am sure not many Chinese people do. I don't eat any kind of animal. I have two pet dogs and adore them.
• United States
20 Jul 12
I know, only a few of Chinese people do that, as far as i know, some Japanese eat whale, and that's very controversy to the whole world.
@ShadowSky (221)
• Bulgaria
20 Jul 12
This is one of those things that I believe actually happen but not in large enough quantity to turn into stereotype.When people hear or see somthing impressive like other people eating dogs they immediately remember it and then they heair it's done by Chinese people they can't help but associate it with all the Chinese people despite the fact that it's not really a big group. People are like that,don't let it bother you that much,a very small amount of people actually believe that most Chinese people eat dogs.Just my opinion,I'm not qualified to analyze human behaviour but I still believe I got pretty close to the actualy explanation....
• United States
20 Jul 12
Yeah I know, but it made me feel really sad that it's a fact that its kind of a culture eating dogs in some Korean or fart east china or Philippine, they are still eating dogs, cus they just think dog meat are one of their resource of meat. That made me really sick and I'm gonna vomit just by thinking of that. I wish I could do anything about it.
@muncho15 (136)
• Philippines
18 Jul 12
well some make them "adobo", "curry", or "bbq". and make their skin into "wallet" or some kind. in some provinces on china and some provinces in the philippines too. this was reported last 5 yrs ago.
• United States
18 Jul 12
It might be, even china has dramatic change recently, but still in the far side of china still very poor, and people are not educated. But people in the big city, we don't do that stuff anymore, Taiwan and hong kong are definitely not the ones to kill dogs like that.
• China
18 Jul 12
In fact, there is the custom of eating dogs in some areas in China right now. And there used to be a eating-dogs festival in city JinHua of ZheJiang province one year ago, but now this so called festival has been denied. That tells us that even though there are some bad customs,but we notice it more,and not waiting for a long time, the bad customs can be banished. I love dogs.