Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Dog Eat Dog #2: The Taste?

After recent news about a South Auckland Tongan man's dog dinner, a few people asked "What does dog taste like?" and "Where is it legal to eat it?" Well, there's plenty of information on-line – and some grizzly photos too (which I've omitted).
But first: where is it legal to eat dog? stirfried dog with vegetablesChina for one, where production is St.Bernardturning into a large-scale industry. Some farms breed more than 10,000 dogs annually for consumption, importing St.Bernards to cross with other species. For Chinese people, dog meat is considered a winter food, because it’s believed to have properties of warmth and energy. Some people avoid it because they don’t want to "overheat". Others boycott it as the issue of animal rights grows in China.
South Korea banned the practice before thedog and rice noodles '88 Seoul Olympics, but it can still be found in restaurants (marketed towards wealthy businessmen). The killing is in a very cruel way (I'll spare the details!), but the method supposedly makes it taste better and it's also said to have aphrodisiac effects: indeed, dog meat areas are often associated with prostitution areas!
Dog-eating is forbidden in Taiwan and Hong Kong. The Philippines made it illegal in 1998, but people still eat it there and sell dogs on markets. Other dog-eating countries include Vietnam and Thailand (where it is apparently not very popular), Cambodia and Laos (usually a last resort in smaller and poorer villages). So it's widespread in Far East countries, whether legal or not. dachshund
As for the taste? The Sydney Morning Herald reports Prince Henrik of Denmark likes dog meat. He likens the flavour to tender veal. These views seem at odds with his status as honorary president of the Danish Dachshund Club.
Explorer Captain Cook, after trying dog in Tahiti, described it as like English lamb. 'Epiphany' blogged that it is a little less greasy than turkey or chicken, tasting like ostrich with a strong after-taste, while 'Everything2' says it's like mutton but more gelatinous. And many travel-bloggers have acknowledged they've probably unknowingly eaten it in Third World areas.
golden retrieverMost Westerners have strong objections to dog consumption, because of their emotional bonds with pets and based on their own cultural comfort levels. So why is mainstream America not shocked by PuppyBeef International Meats and its sister butchery KittyBeef, both providing exactly what their names suggest, to a very select clientele in over 15 countries... FROM THREE LOCATIONS DEEP IN HEARTLAND USA!!!
And by the way, PuppyBeef says the taste does differ between breeds!

2 comments:

P.Takara, TN said...

Sheeit! WHERE in America? That's damn awful!

Eating dogs said...

Eat dog is tasty, cheap and good for health according Cambodians :-)