November 18, 2014

VID: Eating Dog in China (& beyond)

Vice: Dining on Dogs in Yulin
Vice   -   YouTube 

   A common stereotype & joke, the fact is eating animals, all kinds of animals & all their various organs is part of Asian culture. In white culture, many of these animals &/or parts are considered taboo, in this case, dog meat.

Viewer Discretion - Graphic depiction of market realities such as butchering meat, in this case dogs.

   Level & objective coverage of the Dog Eating Festival in Yulin, China. Even though the reporter clearly has a bias, she's a dog owner. She manages to show articulate arguments on both sides of this hyper-divisive issue, going as far as sampling the cuisine at a family celebration. 
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   Southern China has always had a tradition of dining on dogs, despite becoming more prosperous in the 1990s, Yulin has maintained the unique tradition of holding a canine banquet every summer.
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 Where do you stand? 
 Would/Have you eaten dog?

"People from other parts of China joke that, Southerners will eat anything with legs but the dinner table."
Take the Meat Eaters Challenge below.
My number's 24, what's yours?

   Animal rights activists across China and the rest of the globe have increasingly condemned the Dog Meat Festival, calling for an immediate stop to eating man’s best friend. They say the dog meat trade is illegal, unregulated, and cruel. Many claim that numerous dogs that end up in cooking pots are stolen pets or diseased strays.
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   In 2013, the Yulin festival gathered so much negative press that this year, the local government denied the Summer Solstice dog-eating tradition ever even existed. But that hasn’t stopped locals from celebrating—nor has it stopped die-hard activists from flooding the town to try to rescue dogs before the slaughter.
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   The Menace has lived & traveled in Asia for over a decade, so I've pretty much seen it all. Yes, some of it came as shock, initially.

   From rat, frog & crickets in Northern Thailand (Isaan), live poultry in a Macau market during the second wave of avian influenza (H5N1) panic in 2005, to walking through narrow alleyways in a Gwangju market & encountering hordes of stacked pig faces.

   As for dog, yes I have eaten it in soup when I lived in Korea.

   It's easy to find dog soup (보신탕) restaurants in Korea. Maybe not in Seoul, because Koreans are aware of whitey's opinions they keep it on the down low. It's also an issue within Korea, as there R many dog owners who protest the dog meat business.

   BTW, they don't just have a bunch of random breeds. I walked by a pet shop in a Busan market & thought, 'how strange, that pet shop only sells 1 kind of dog.' Then I noticed cuts of meat out front...Wait a second, this isn't a pet store!!'
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Meat Eaters' Challenge: List all of the Animals you have tasted

My list: cow, chicken, duck, goat, pig, lamb, fish, crab, lobster, octopus, squid, shrimp, shells, jellyfish, snail (the usual non-vegetarian fare)

- moose, deer, bear, goose (just a taste. I'm from rural Canada & there everyone is or knows a hunter. They always have too much meat so they share it w/ friends & fam).

- crocodile (I worked as a cook & the restaurant had it as a special)

- pigeon (yuck this one freaked me out. Ordered 'singing chicken' from a Chinese restaurant)

- dog, silkworm larvae [번데기] (lived in Korea for 10 years, nuff said)

- horse (In Japan, eaten raw [basashmi]. My Dad knew all about it bc farmer friends of his would sell horses to the slaughter house for export to Japan & Korea)

That's 24 animals sampled, for me.
What about you? 
What's your number? 
Which one do you consider the most disgusting?

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