My girlfriend and I went to Korea a couple of weeks ago to visit a good Korean friend of ours. At one point, we were faced with the reality that some Koreans still eat dogs. We were walking through a food market, when we came across a cooler full of dog carcasses with the head chopped and cut open down the middle.
These aren’t just any dogs, they were raised to be eaten, just like, well, almost all of the animals we eat. Our friend was disgusted by it, as were my girlfriend and I.
I’ve never seen anything like that here in Taiwan, though it does sometimes happen :
Like nearly every weird thing you eat in Asia, it’ll help you be more manly, have better sex, or make you a good sword fighter.
I had come there saying, if I had the opportunity, I would try dog meat. What the hell. But staring down at the dogs in the coolers, I actually felt nauseous, and I don’t think I have a particularly weak stomach (I can watch doctors doing surgery on me, and I take out my own stitches).
When we talked about it later, our friend finally said, “In the end, what’s really wrong with it though? I think it’s disgusting, but is it just because I like dogs?”
So that’s my question, is that the only reason we are so averse to eating dogs in the West? Is there any health risk to it or is it just because we see dogs as pets, not as food?