We’re all aware of the fact that people eat weird stuff all over the world. What some find a delicacy, others find revolting. Case in point: Durians! Many agree that it’s an acquired taste, but most Asians are big fans of it. Other dishes like smelly tofu, chicken feet and raw octopus are practically unheard of in the West.

Naturally, we find these foods ordinary because we grew up with it, so it has already been labelled as a normalcy in our society. But when foreigners say durians smell like sewage water, we get all defensive and be like, “What? No it doesn’t!” Have you heard of surströmming? It’s a traditional northern Swedish specialty. It’s basically fermented herring that smells like a rotting corpse, apparently. It’s known to be the smelliest food in the world, but to a handful of Swedish people, they wouldn’t even bat an eyelid.

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My point is, we shouldn’t judge other cultures because we’re not familiar or comfortable with it, y’know? What I’m about to say may garner me death threats, but I’ll say it anyway. Animal lovers are so quick to judge others for things that other people eat, like ostrich, rabbit and um, dog meat. Unless they’re a pure vegetarian, they’re nothing but hypocrites. Wait, hold on to your death threats first, I’m not done.

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A dog eating festival that took place in Yulin, China, recently enraged thousands of social media users and animal activists. Before I proceed, let me just publicly announce that I do not condone this and yes, I find it extremely cruel not because Chinese eat dogs but because of the way they killed them. I mean, I can’t fathom eating a dog but I wouldn’t go ballistic on the fact that some people do. Yup, I said it.

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Let me ask you a question if you’re a self-righteous, so-called animal lover. Why is it more acceptable to eat chickens, cows, lambs, pork, venison, duck, pigeon, horse, etc., but dogs are like, OMG SOMEBODY PUT THOSE CHINESE PEOPLE IN PRISONS AND STOP THEM FROM BREEDING RIGHT NOW! Yes, I agree that the way those dogs were being killed was beyond heartless, but do you know what goes on in a slaughterhouse? Have you read about how ducks are force-fed with tubes shoved down their throats so that their liver tastes more exquisite in the form of foie gras? Or how chickens spend such a long time in a crate as big as them that they go crazy?

Photo via: TakePart

Photo via: TakePart

I’ll spare you the even more gory details, but do enlighten me, why are you okay with all that? To be honest, writing this makes me want to convert to vegetarianism but nah, I love chicken meat too much. I’m aware of all these and yes, I clearly am okay with it because I consume meat almost everyday. So, I’m not one of those people who shove the minced pork in my chilli pan mee while simultaneously cursing the Chinese who eat dog meat to an eternity of eating only boiled cabbages.

A friend of mine said that people are infuriated because dogs are cute, dogs are pets, and dogs are very, very cute. So are you saying that ugly animals deserve to be eaten more than cute ones? Bunnies are cute and people eat them, but I don’t see a protest to stop eating rabbit meat. As a matter of fact, there are probably people reading this who think that dogs should not be eaten but they are proud consumers of shark fin and shark meat. I’m sure we’re all aware of how sharks are killed for their fins. The fishermen usually chop off the fins and then dump the sharks back into the ocean. Sharks cannot swim without their fins so they’re left to die while suffering. Is that less cruel because sharks are not as cute as dogs?

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Before I end this, I feel that it’s necessary to reinstate that I am not supporting the dog festival thing. Personally, I am uncomfortable with the thought that people eat dogs, too, but as aforementioned, what if it’s a delicacy? Would we all be at peace if they are killed with mercy? Maybe put the doggies to sleep first or something, I don’t know. My question is, where do you draw the line between food and pet? What meat is cruel and what is not? Why are some animals more superior to the others? Aren’t they all animals, after all?