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Dog meat festival? A wha dis fada?

Published:Monday | June 29, 2015 | 6:00 AM
In this Sunday, June 21, 2015 photo, a man lights a cigarette as a cook roasts dogs at a restaurant in Yulin in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Restaurateurs in the southern Chinese town held an annual dog meat festival Monday, June 22 despite international criticism of the event as cruel and unhygienic. The Yulin government distanced itself from the festival and announced new restrictions, but eateries reached by telephone reported brisk business during the event ostensibly held to mark the summer solstice.

If you follow these people, you'll become a vegetarian. Last week, there was much uproar from both within and outside of China, as the annual Lychee and Dog Meat Festival in the town of Yulin, in Guangxi province, took place. Now, first off, how they get those two items on the menu in the same festival I'm not sure.

Second, I've always heard stories about some Asian countries where dogs are eaten like how we eat fowl, but this particular story just jumped up and licked me in the face (pun intended). Just like Coronation or Linstead market, you just pick one (or two, an' dem kill dem and cook dem. Wonda if dem have taste and buy?

For vegetarians and vegans, there is no grey area - you either eat meat or you don't. As Tony Rebel did say, he doesn't eat anything that had a face. Well me and the Rebel part company deh so. I am a carnivore of no mean order. But hear the problem now. While, I am appalled at the notion that somebody could eat a dog or a cat, I see nothing wrong with eating bulls and cows, or chickens and pigs. In the same breath, I will eat deer, but I'm not touching horse. I can't eat shellfish (lobster, crab and all dem people deh) because of allergies, but any other fish (grunt, trout, snapper, etc) will get nyammed!

So the animal-rights people will ask me, and rightly so, why eat one and not the other? Honestly, I don't know! Part of it is socialisation. I grew up in a home where we ate all those meats I mentioned. I guess if I grew up in a vegetarian/vegan home, I would still maintain that lifestyle. Part of it, too, is just the look of the animal. I haven't tried rabbit, although I hear the meat is quite tasty. But I haven't tried it because I can't envision eating something so cute. And that's why me and the festival in Yulin wouldn't agree - dogs just don't 'look' like food. Perhaps it's because I've never seen what I consider a cute pig or chicken.

But now that I think of it, how many things that we eat actually 'look' like they should be eaten? And where we get this thing from that so many of the things we eat, just because they can be digested, should be eaten? Ackee, for instance, does not look like something that should be eaten. But we love it! As for vegetables, I've heard people talk about a lovely bunch of calalloo. Look here man, it look jus' like regular bush. Still, when cooked nicely, it tastes good. Seems like the only thing we agree on that should be consumed is water. And even then I know people who don't like the taste of so-so water. So they add something like lime (yuck).

At the end of the day, to each dem own I suppose. But trust me, the dog thing? Won't be joining that one any time soon.

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