Does this image of a live dog being thrown into a shopping cart in China bother you?
Would it make any difference if the dog were already cut up and filleted and placed on a Styrofoam tray and sealed in plastic wrap? Is it culturally illogical to claim: “I love dogs but not cows or pigs or fish.”
Is there a distinction without a difference between a dog thrown into a shopping cart and a lamb led to slaughter? Can we judge the values of other nations based on our own cultural biases? In China dogs are food. In America dogs are man’s best friend. Should all American animals household pets or not be provided the same cultural protection as the dog and the cat and the parakeet to not end life gnashed between molars?
If we are offended by the Chinese eating dogs should we also be offended by Americans eating cows, cooking up rabbits and pulling the legs off frogs to fry them up for a snack? Here’s a discussion that addresses the question if kosher slaughterhouses are humane or not and while I invite you to visit the following link, I WARN YOU THERE ARE BLOODY IMAGES OF SUFFERING ANIMALS on the page: http://www.chai-online.org/slaughter.htm
I once again recall the sage words of the great Count Leo Tolstoy — a vegetarian — who said in the early 1920’s, “As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will always be war.” If we are not similarly broken to the core when cows are slaughtered with chainsaws and dogs have their necks broken when tossed into a shopping cart, we begin to understand why the flinch response is missing when we learn of children in far-off lands who are bleeding to death from landmines and bombs for the bubbling oil beneath their cold feet.