24
Jan
11

Chicken Is Boring, Let’s Eat Dogs

Should a story about a man accused of stabbing a dog be grabbing headlines?

Somebody thinks so.

Animals die are killed every day. Hens, goats, pigs, cows – they’re slaughtered every single day.

Why doesn’t a bird’s murder become news?

Is it because we don’t eat dogs?

Well, China does. Vietnam does. Korea does.

Closer home, Mizoram does.

Big deal if a man in Miami stabbed his dog.

People hack and slash and butcher animals all over the world.

Dogs and cats – how, according to you, are they different from hens, goats, pigs and cows?

And how was the accused man’s dog his?

Did he give it birth? Did he buy the animal?

And what’s wrong if he stabbed an animal he paid money for?

People kill animals and we pay them.

Restaurants serve animal flesh, and we pay them good money for it.

In fact, I take pictures of and write about the meat that I eat at restaurants, and some of you enjoy reading about these culinary experiences of mine.

Why the love for dogs?

What have “food animals” done to deserve our indifference?

Dogs taste good, too – at least, that’s what I’ve been told.

And cats taste like chicken, I’ve heard.

Should ‘news’ about a dog that got stabbed by one of us humans even be getting our attention?

We, the animals who keep our ‘food’ in confinement all its life.

ANIMALS: Should we care whether they’re slaughtered for food or become roadkill?

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38 Responses to “Chicken Is Boring, Let’s Eat Dogs”


  1. 1 William Watkins
    January 24, 2011 at 20:40

    I wouldn’t bat an eyelid if the dude in question made a clean cut to the throat, then roasted the animal(in this case a dog) over a fire pit and devoured it (with guts, gizzards et all)

    But beating a helpless dog with an iron rod is terribly lame.

    The issue at hand is an irresponsible dog owner.Pit bulls need careful training, which the dog owner surely did not provide. Hence the incessant barking > leading to death by beating.
    Besides , Pit Bulls have a history of abuse in USofA thus the media attention.

    Today this psycho stabbed his dog because it pissed him off. Tomorrow he might stab you if you’re passing his front yard coz he didnt like your haircut.

    I hope this shitbag of a coward stays in jail forever.

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    • January 25, 2011 at 02:56

      I wouldn’t bat an eyelid, either. But this is my exactly my point: we meat eaters (most of us, at least) seem to be indifferent to the fact that those we call “food animals” are not only subjected to torture before slaughter but are also kept in confinement throughout their existence, but we sit up and cry foul only when animals that we see as pets (and not livestock) are physically/mentally tormented.

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      • 3 Jesse goff
        October 2, 2013 at 04:08

        Your a fucking ignorant twat from not even a 3rd world but 4th world country, you forget the meat eater that buys ethically raised humane meat, there are some of us out there, the ones that buy from our local farmer and view the farm and its conditions. Still if I had the chance to eat a human I would do it much before a dog or cat

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  2. 5 Devdutt
    January 25, 2011 at 09:14

    Because dogs have been with humans since the beginning of civilization and in many ways have aided in the perpetuation of civilized society. In the process they have adopted a lot of human characteristics, from facial expressions to deeper emotions which go beyond simply a food-provider/consumer dynamic. Obviously they’ve “exploited” this relationship in evolutionary terms, playing up to our attraction for them. But whether you like it or not, they’ve become a part of our social fabric and consciousness, and eating them or killing them for anything other than survival is almost tantamount to murder/cannibalism as far as taboos go. Also, I’m not big on cruelty to any animals myself, but equating dogs/cats with animals reared solely for the purpose of consumption is a bit disingenuous.

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    • January 25, 2011 at 11:05

      “In the process they have adopted a lot of human characteristics, from facial expressions to deeper emotions which go beyond simply a food-provider/consumer dynamic.”

      The deeper emotions haven’t been adopted from humans, they come as naturally to most animals as they come to us.

      Clearly, we who sometimes sneer while gnawing at bones (even animals don’t do that) are oblivious to the fact that hens can recognize a human who has been friendly to them earlier, and that other animals are quite capable of living in families like us. Ever seen two goats in love? I guess not. And most of us wouldn’t see it even if we could look at it. There are two kinds of looks hens in a poultry shop can have. One is, “Fuck, there’s no space in Bombay!”, and the other is a look of having surrendered to its fate. The ones among us who aren’t blind to this, choose to look away. Because our craving for butter chicken is far greater than any of this.

      Once again, this is exactly my point: Humans don’t care whether a bird hasn’t ever been allowed to run around like nature might have intended it to, before a larger animal pounces upon it. And humans are the only animals that will heartlessly keep a creature that can/should be allowed to move around in confinement for all its life.

      Aren’t the Chinese awesome? No pretensions at all. No natak, no nakhras. No this-is-my-pet and this-is-food. My pet, your pet… it’s what’s for dinner.

      While the rest of us have to watch films like Earthlings to understand the most basic things, here is something from a Muslim vegetarian: http://blog.hussulinux.com/2010/04/life-of-a-vegetarian-muslim/

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      • 7 navin
        January 25, 2011 at 16:02

        hey, just my two cents.

        i think this fucker who killed this dog should be beaten mercilessly with an iron rod.
        i get your point Aditya, but this fucker is cruel, look at what he did to the poor merciless animal. society from since whenever have been somewhat conditioned to eat meat fish etc, and from videos such as ‘earthlings’ we can see how terrible animals are treated to obtain this meat.
        however dogs are different in that they are “mans best friend”. i know that is a perception, but these are loyal, loving animals and cruelty towards them would most definitely be perceived as cruel.

        chickens, fish etc do not show this type of emotions to humans,or at least are not likely to in the way a dog does. so naturally people will be disturbed by instances of this. but i understand your point that the same reaction should be given to all animal cruelty.

        i agree with the first person who posted a comment. i am yet to read the other comments, so forgive me if you covered everything i said 😀

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  3. 9 Devdutt
    January 25, 2011 at 16:05

    Of course those emotions have been adopted from humans. To judge whether they are of any intrinsic value of themselves is besides the point. The fact is that we have lent them a certain amount of anthropomorphism as a result of which we, or most of us anyway, seem to feel a deeper kinship with them compared to other animals. Maybe it’s an inherent flaw in us as a species, and as I said, the mutts have exploited it to the T. But through their long association with us, they have learned to appease and satisfy our insecurities in return for the basic comforts that we provide them. It’s the closest thing to unconditional affection that you’ll get in this life. I’m not saying that a cow doesn’t sense being lead to the abbatoir but that’s a primal response to proximity with death more than anything else. It just isn’t the same as being met by a jumping, licking mongrel after returning back from a long day’s slog at work. Hard to explain to a non dog-lover, I know. I’m not stupid enough to say that other animals are incapable of feeling higher emotions, but they’re not quite able to demonstrate them, and we being the superficial species that we are, seem unequipped to recognize those emotions. Unless you’re sheep buggerer from New Zealand.

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    • January 25, 2011 at 16:30

      Most animals express themselves just right. Expecting them to demonstrate emotions in ways we’d understand would be like asking an alien to speak our language. Hens can show feelings of affection, too… but not the ones who’ve spent most of their lives in a cage. And I ain’t no sheep buggerer from New Zealand… I’ve never been outside India. The last time I had sex with a lamb was in 2008. 😛

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    • 11 navin
      January 25, 2011 at 17:20

      “the mutts have exploited it to the T”

      from pups these animals have this affection, its “inbred” within them. so the above statement may not be true.
      but yeah, as you may have guessed i love dogs, (not in a bestial way lol) so maybe i am being biased.

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      • January 25, 2011 at 17:31

        Devdutt doesn’t mean dogs have schemed their way to popularity haha!! I think even William and Devdutt love dogs.

        And hey man, Navin, even if you love dogs in other ways… it’s okay!

        I do lambs, you do dogs… it’s cool, man. We have all kinds of people reading this blog. 😛

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  4. 14 William Watkins
    January 25, 2011 at 16:05

    “I wouldn’t bat an eyelid, either. But this is my exactly my point: we meat eaters (most of us, at least) seem to be indifferent to the fact that those we call “food animals” are not only subjected to torture before slaughter but are also kept in confinement throughout their existence, but we sit up and cry foul only when animals that we see as pets (and not livestock) are physically/mentally tormented.”

    I definitely agree with you MehtaMan. I am trying to consume as much free range meat as I possibly can. But free range/organic stuff is expensive and not available everywhere. It’s a slow push, and I’m gradually getting there. Given a choice, I would only eat meat from an animal I have hunted down and butchered from nose to tail. But the lifestyle choices I’ve currently made do not allow me to do so. Till then, the other option is to stay away from mass produced/industrially raised animals…but alas the carnivore in me chooses to ignore the realities you’ve rightly nailed down.
    I hope to change it, but it’s work in progress 🙂

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    • January 25, 2011 at 16:41

      Oh man, I wasn’t being smug here. The only free range meat I get to eat is mutton! I eat mass produced/industrially raised animals, too – it’s something that doesn’t hit me when I sit down to eat. In no way am I asking anyone to change any of their ways!

      What made me write this post is: the idea of goat meat makes a person’s mouth water, and the thought of a dog being harmed has some of us up in arms – is there such a vast difference between these two animals?

      Anyway, I’ve made my point and I got to know what you think as well. 🙂

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  5. 16 Devdutt
    January 25, 2011 at 16:45

    This is like hating Metallica because Exodus never made it as big. It’s stupid. You love it all if you truly care about what you’re talking about. Nobody gave a fuck when Midnight/Crimson Glory died but you bet your ass ppl will be raving if Hetfield goes down to the bottle.

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  6. January 25, 2011 at 17:41

    This is thought provoking.

    I don’t want to add to the already healthy points of view here. I’m fond of animals too, I have a dog whom I love as much as my parents, but I still enjoy the (delicious) mutton pattice at Sassanian (an old Irani restaurant at Metro). Double standards? Yes definitely. This must change.

    <>

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  7. January 25, 2011 at 17:45

    “And cats taste like chicken, I’ve heard.”

    A roadside joint somewhere sold the most juicy mutton kebabs and people didn’t even know they were eating cat-meat. They loved it.

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    • January 25, 2011 at 18:05

      I bet they did! Who doesn’t like pussy? 😛

      Y’know, I wouldn’t willingly eat dog/cat/rat meat. If I ate it unknowingly and was told later what it was I wouldn’t have a problem, I guess.

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  8. 21 Roy
    January 27, 2011 at 10:02

    IN RECENT NEWS: “Dogbone found in human excrement dated 10,000 years ago. Dogs were man’s favourite companion, watch, hunter and meal.”

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    • 22 gadgetfreak87
      January 29, 2011 at 12:51

      Dogmeat,catmeat,rabbitmeat it tastes good.Horsemeat is okay too.I dont give a fuck about domesticated animals unless they happen to be goats or parrots or falcons.Pet dogs can get crushed under trucks for all I care.Hardcore meatlover here.

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  9. 23 arunakh
    January 29, 2011 at 14:23

    Errr animals have adopted emotions from humans? that’s a lot of bullshit. You people seriously think animals that havent had contact with humans (dogs in the wild, for example) cannot feel the “deeper emotions” pet dogs can? humans can train dogs to sit and run and fetch things, not FEEL. A cow separated from its family (yes they have families. parents, siblings, life partners.) feels the panges of separation and its family feels its loss. Just like most other animals love their own.Surely they didnt get it from us.

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  10. 25 juanny
    April 13, 2011 at 22:47

    fuck you!

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  11. 26 Anonymous
    January 2, 2012 at 19:09

    Fuck u aditya!!! u are such an ***hole!

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  12. 27 Dr. Hex
    February 1, 2012 at 13:12

    Brilliant

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  13. 28 Arun S Ravi
    February 10, 2012 at 06:46

    I usually like reading from this blog, but this article is horrible. Without covering some of the points other people have covered, there is a HUGE difference between these other animals and dogs. An incredibly huge difference at that. Dogs are man’s best friend for a reason, and apart from all the “emotional” stuff and unconditional love, here are a few examples of how dogs help us and why we shouldn’t harm them –

    1. Turnspit dogs were used as a source of power, they turned a treadmill connected to a roasting spit. Similar arrangements were used for household duties such as churning butter.
    2. Service or assistance dogs help people with various disabilities in every day tasks. Some examples include mobility assistance dogs for the physically handicapped, guide dogs for the visually impaired, and hearing dogs for the hearing impaired.
    3. Therapy dogs visit people who are incapacitated or prevented in some way from having freedom of movement; these dogs provide cheer and entertainment for the elderly in retirement facilities, the ill and injured in hospitals, and so on. The very act of training dogs can also act as a therapy for human handlers, as in a prisoner rehabilitation project.
    4. Rescue dogs assist people who are in difficult situations, such as in the water after a boat disaster.
    5. Search dogs locate people who are missing; lost in the wilderness, escaped from nursing homes, covered in snow avalanches, buried under collapsed buildings, etc.
    6. Herding dogs are still invaluable to sheep and cattle handlers (stockmen) around the world for mustering; different breeds are used for the different jobs involved in stock work and for guarding the flocks and herds.
    7. Modern herding dogs help to control cattle and wild geese in parks or goats used for weed control. A well trained dog can adapt to control any sort of domestic and many wild animals.
    8. Sled dogs, although today primarily used in sporting events, still can assist in transporting people and supplies in rugged, snowy terrain.
    9. Performing dogs such as Circus dogs and dog actors are trained to perform acts that are not intrinsically useful, but instead provide entertainment to their audience or enable human artistic performances.
    10. Hunting dogs assist hunters in finding, tracking, and retrieving game, or in routing vermin. Less frequently a dog, or rather or a pack of them, actually fights a predator, such as a bear or feral pig.
    11. Guard dogs and watch dogs help to protect private or public property, either in living or used for patrols, as in the military and with security firms.
    12. Tracking dogs help find lost people and animals or track down possible criminals.
    13. Cadaver dog or Human Remains Detection Dogs use their scenting ability to discover bodies or human remains at the scenes of disasters, crimes, accidents, or suicides.
    14. Detection dogs of a wide variety help to detect termites in homes, illegal substances in luggage, bombs, chemicals, and many other substances.
    15. War Dogs or K9 Corps are used by armed forces in many of the same roles as civilian working dogs, but in a military context. In addition, specialized military tasks such as mine detection or wire laying have been assigned to dogs. Military Working Dog is the more formal, current term for dogs trained for use in military tasks.
    16. Police dogs, also sometimes called K9 Units, are usually trained to track or immobilize possible criminals while assisting officers in making arrests or investigating the scene of a crime. Some are even specially trained for anti-terrorist units, as in Austria.

    Also, in a more recent study it has been found that dogs can detect early stages of lung cancer from human breath and in some cases surpasses the combination of a CT scan and bronchoscopy –
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/organic-authoritycom/dogs-smell-cancer_b_976797.html

    The dog was his dog the same way his mother is his mother. Pet owners don’t own dogs, they take the responsibility of being the dogs guardians and give it a place to stay and food to eat out of sympathy and love for this amazing creature that has helped mankind in countless ways and in countless occasions for thousands of years.

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    • February 10, 2012 at 08:00

      🙂

      Cows too are used as a source of power. I’m sure we’ve all seen fields while traveling across India.

      Humans can be happy looking at goats jump around as well. It’s how we choose to look at animals. And also how desperate we are for affection.

      I cared for a goat the way most people care for their pets, even though the goat wasn’t as smart an animal. A goat, I believe, is superior to dogs, because it doesn’t crave love. It just is – a being complete by simply being.

      I’m sure not all dogs are used for all the stuff that has been listen above. Even if they are, I don’t see why some of them should not be eaten.

      I’ve gone vegetarian (again), and this time I’m not craving meat. To me, no animal should be a ‘food animal’, but if we hold hens, goats, sheep, cows etc as “food animals”, I see no reason why dogs and cats should not be included on that list.

      China, Vietnam, Korea and Mizoram understand this pretty well.

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    • February 10, 2012 at 08:07

      Since we’re showing each other articles, read a paragraph about a chicken named ‘Heartbeat’: http://www.satyamag.com/feb06/jones_int.html

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    • February 10, 2012 at 08:11

      The very first thing people should do is watch the first 15 minutes of Earthlings. That part has no scenes of animal cruelty but it explains more about those creatures than Nat Geo or Animal Planet ever will. It’s the most basic stuff we choose be ignorant of.

      Here’s the trailer: https://mehtakyakehta.com/2010/08/31/how-to-quit-eating-meat/

      Download the movie. It’s free.

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    • February 10, 2012 at 08:16

      “9. Performing dogs such as Circus dogs and dog actors are trained to perform acts that are not intrinsically useful, but instead provide entertainment to their audience or enable human artistic performances.”

      You said it. We humans are so fucked in the head that we train animals for our entertainment. Do we care if a dog wants to be a part of a circus act? Whether it is happy doing what it has been trained to do every time we want to put up a show for other humans?

      I’m surprised you’ve listed this as a good thing.

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      • 33 Arun S Ravi
        February 10, 2012 at 09:57

        “Humans can be happy looking at goats jump around as well. It’s how we choose to look at animals. And also how desperate we are for affection.”

        I would love to see that happen! But it’s not how I choose to look at it, it’s just that this animal does not have the same abilities and intelligence of a dog.

        “I’ve gone vegetarian (again), and this time I’m not craving meat. To me, no animal should be a ‘food animal’, but if we hold hens, goats, sheep, cows etc as “food animals”, I see no reason why dogs and cats should not be included on that list.”

        I just gave you 16 reasons! 16! Not 1, or 2, or 3. 16!

        “China, Vietnam, Korea and Mizoram understand this pretty well.”

        That is incredibly idiotic and the whole world recognizes this the same way the whole world recognizes the Al-Qaeda as a terrorist outfit while a few countries consider them freedom fighters. We can talk about absolute/relative morality and stuff later, if you like.

        “I’m surprised you’ve listed this as a good thing.”

        Yes it is a good thing, I love how dogs learn things so easily and I love how most human beings love dogs and respect them and make them a part of their lives. I love the way dogs are trained to perform on stage the same way I love watching a skateboarder skateboarding and doing neat tricks for an audience. I’m not putting dogs in the same league with other animals, I’m putting them up with humans and I love them and treat them with the same respect as I would from another loving human being. Why? For the reasons I mentioned above and because they love me and I want to look after them and protect their species. I don’t feel the same way for goats and cows however and I wouldn’t want them to die but I have no respect for dog eating human beings the same way you have no respect for people that eat cows and goats because you love them the same way a dog would still love you knowing you wouldn’t give a damn if it died.

        I have watched earthlings and after personally witnessing the slaughter of a goat I have quit eating goat and beef a year ago. It’s good that it’s only your belief that goats are superior to dogs, but the fact of the matter is that dogs are a much more valuable asset to humans than goats will ever be. There is absolutely no comparison. I’ll be damned if I was stuck under a collapsed building and they sent a goat to come find me. I’m not stating what I believe, I’m stating facts.

        “I’m sure not all dogs are used for all the stuff that has been listen above. Even if they are, I don’t see why some of them should not be eaten.”

        With you being a Satanist I don’t understand how you could come up with something like this. If you had a being that was helping you and making your life easier and was a superior being in terms of intelligence and affection to the other ones you’ve come across and can protect you, your home, your kids, help your community, take all your goats and cows out for a walk in the field, nab terrorists etc. why would you want to kill it? If you did and ate it and if there was a real Satan he would have slapped his forehead and canceled your Church of Satan membership. Lol. No offense.

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        • February 10, 2012 at 11:54

          “I would love to see that happen! But it’s not how I choose to look at it, it’s just that this animal does not have the same abilities and intelligence of a dog.”

          That’s what I’m talking about. I would love to see people not discriminate between animals and say one deserves love and another deserves slaughter.

          “Yes it is a good thing, I love how dogs learn things so easily and I love how most human beings love dogs and respect them and make them a part of their lives. I love the way dogs are trained to perform on stage the same way I love watching a skateboarder skateboarding and doing neat tricks for an audience.”

          The difference being that a skateboarder can choose to not skateboard for whatever reason.

          “It’s good that it’s only your belief that goats are superior to dogs, but the fact of the matter is that dogs are a much more valuable asset to humans than goats will ever be.”

          I’ll say it another way: I like goats better because they don’t come across as needy for human love.

          “With you being a Satanist I don’t understand how you could come up with something like this.”

          I’d have felt like this even if I weren’t a Satanist. I don’t think any animal or bird deserves to be slaughtered just because it doesn’t have the intelligence of a dog. While it’s great that we’ve found a way to use the intelligence of dogs, I don’t think every creature is on this planet to serve man.

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          • 35 Arun S Ravi
            February 10, 2012 at 12:36

            “That’s what I’m talking about. I would love to see people not discriminate between animals and say one deserves love and another deserves slaughter.”

            Sure, I don’t think they deserve slaughter either, but I think dogs damn right deserve love and respect for their contribution to the human race and to me killing or eating a dog would be very offensive. Take for example Zanjeer, a detection dog who detected arms and ammunition used in 1993 Mumbai serial explosions. During his service, he helped recover 57 country-made bombs, 175 petrol bombs, 11 military grade armaments, 242 grenades and 600 detonators. His biggest contribution to the police force and the city was the detection of 3,329 kg of RDX. He also helped detect 18 Type 56 rifles and five 9mm pistols. It goes without saying that this dog saved the lives of lots of people because it was ‘needy for human love.’
            I wouldn’t like to see a goat suffer and be killed and eaten because it has it’s life, but I wouldn’t share mine with it.

            “The difference being that a skateboarder can choose to not skateboard for whatever reason.”

            A dog can too, but it is constantly rewarded for obedient behavior which is why performs as well as it does. I’m looking after my dog, giving it food and shelter and a comfy bed to sleep on and the best life it can possibly have. In return, it does things for me that I want it to. It’s as simple as that. If I was living at home, jobless and my parents paid for my food and clothes and gave me a place to stay, I’d do as they tell me because I’m living under their roof. I can let the dog out and say “Be free my son! You’re a free dog now!” but he’s going to come back because he knows where the food comes from.

            “I don’t think every creature is on this planet to serve man.”

            I don’t think so too, but I fucking love dogs.

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  14. 36 Rebecca Baxter
    February 24, 2013 at 11:29

    Haha, nice article (i like your blog also), and it’s something I’ve always thought about. But the difference here (I assume) is that that dog, wasn’t eaten, so it was just killed for no reason. I guess that’s why, I don’t really know, i guess everyone has different views.. but by drinking milk (in USA and EU at least) they kill the male calves, because they are for no use in the milk production, and then they just go to waste. So I think people should stop drinking milk, (in those countries where the industry is like that) if they think that it’s wrong, because the dead animal wasn’t for used for anything. I don’t think that the man deserves to be beaten (as some people wrote) more than the people from the milk industry, and the people who support them do. not to mention the big foodwaste in western countries…

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