A joke in this thread got me thinking about the widespread joke/belief - one I associate strongly with provincial American xenophobes - that Chinese take-out places use neighborhood dogs and cats as meat.
Has there ever been, in the 20th or 21st centuries, any recorded case of this happening in the US or Canada, even once? Is there any tiny kernel of truth to this assertion at all? How about, say, a Korean place getting busted for dog that the customers knew was dog?
Putting aside the racist implications (“those people” are dog-eating sneaks; they also put peepee in your Coke), it doesn’t even seem to make any economic sense to do this. It’s not as if Fluffy is going to yield enough meat to justify the time it’d take to capture and butcher the animal. Meat is pretty damn plentiful and comparatively cheap here, especially bought in bulk for food service.
And yes, I’ve been to Asia and know that dog is eaten in Vietnam, Korea and parts of China. Not sure about cat… never saw that myself.
As always, thanks for any answers.