Doesn't it occur to the Chinese that dog eating offends people even when the Olympics are not on?
China takes dog off the menu for Olympics
By Clifford Coonan in Beijing
Saturday, 12 July 2008 | A vendor prepares to skin dogs at a market
Man's best friend is off the menu in China for the Olympic Games: Beijing officials, fearful of offending Western sensibilities, have ordered restaurants not to serve dog for the duration of next month's Games and September's Paralympics.
The Beijing Catering Trade Association (Beta) has forbidden all 112 specially designated OIympic restaurants to provide dog-meat dishes during the Games, and "strongly advised" other establishments to take canine cuisine off the menu too.
Dog is mostly eaten by Beijing's large Korean community, but the Chinese have eaten dog for 7,000 years, and it is widely believed to have medicinal qualities. Xiong Yumei, vice-director of the Beijing Tourism Bureau, told the Xinhua news agency that waiters should "patiently" suggest another dish if dog-meat was ordered. "Conflicts should be avoided," she said, adding that when eaten for medicinal purposes, the canine ingredient should be clearly listed.
My issue though for meat eaters: Why is it so offensive to eat dog, but not other animals like cows or pigs?
These animals have just as much feeling and life in them as dogs.
Have we been so desensitized to their slaughter for our feeding pleasure that we forget how gross it is to eat cows and pigs as well?
Cows are big living organisms. Yet we will shoot out their brains and cut them up in massive assembly lines without even batting an eye. And we'll relegate their sliced up remains into objects that look like little wheat checks.