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Dog Meat Lovers, Take This

Some facts about the illegal dog trade in the Philippines and its effects. Plus some great “dog quotes” as dessert.

Dogs are considered as man’s best friend. They are often regarded as a family member and a regular part of a household. In dog-loving countries, authorities passed laws that prohibit and penalize illegal dog trade and dog meat consumption.

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In the Philippines, illegal dog trade is a thriving multi-million dollar business. Many laws were passed to crack it down but the laws against it are enforced weakly—if at all. Government authorities, animal rights activists and even media have joined forces to hunt down illegal dog traders. A recent investigation by Humane Society International (HSI) found the commercial trade in dog meat still flourishing, with approximately 500,000 dogs slaughtered for their meat every year.

Recently, a major crackdown was featured in one television station showing the horrors and ordeals man’s best friend had to suffer before it is served on a platter hot and steamy.  As the commentator put it “Snouts muzzled with rusty tin cans, front legs tied behind their backs, piled up in an enclosed vehicle, with gall bladders bursting due to heat, and dying along the way to the illegal slaughter houses scattered in the northern region…The “lucky” ones who survive the ordeal are strangled or whacked on the heads like baseballs and cooked for dinner or as appetizer during drinking sessions.” Before their meat made it to the kitchen, these dogs have first suffered severe brutality and trauma in the hands of their heartless captors.

As a teen, I have seen this cruel and brutal practice done by my uncles and cousins, not once but several times. No family occasion is complete without a hot dish of “Asocena” (dog-meat dish) served at the table.
Cleaned dog meat is cooked in strong vinegar. Cubed potatoes, pepper, soy sauce, tomato sauce, tomato paste, garbanzos, green peas and bay laurel leaves are added to the mixture.

Just recently, we held our family reunion and guess what, even my young nephews and some nieces are enjoying eating a plate of ‘asocena”. As always, they invite and even teased me to try one out, but this time I’ve come prepared for an answer. Getting a chair and joining them, I begun enumerating some “Dogs Quotes” from famous writers and they were all fascinated to hear them. I just hope it will help change their view about dog meat.  Below is the “dog quotes” I shared.

  • “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras
  • “My little dog—a heartbeat at my feet.” – Edith Wharton
  • “I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.” – John Steinbeck
  • “Every dog must have his day.” – Jonathan Swift
  • “Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot little puppies.” – Gene Hill
  • “The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.” – Samuel Butler
  • “There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” – Ben Williams
  • “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. That is the difference between dog and man.” – Mark Twain
  • “No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich.” – Louis Sabin
  • “Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate in their object-relations.” – Sigmund Freud
  • “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • “If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” – Woodrow Wilson
  • “The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” – Andrew A. Rooney
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  1. Deep Blue

    On June 21, 2009 at 3:42 am

    I have tasted some in my heydays and have to regret it now. Nice article.

  2. Uma Shankari

    On June 21, 2009 at 4:13 am

    I feel the same about any meat. Are you a vegetarian, papaleng, or you are just partial to dogs? After writing the last sentence, for a second I wondered if I am sounding insensitive to others’ feelings. But I have let it go. I am sorry if I sound impolite.

  3. Kate Smedley

    On June 21, 2009 at 4:53 am

    The way they kill the dogs sounds horrific – as a dog lover this is quite disturbing. A thought provoking article my friend, I love the quotes at the end – I hope it makes your family think again!

  4. OhSugar

    On June 21, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Great piece. I have heard of people eating dogs, I just think that is awful maybe because I can not imagine someone killing and eating my pet. I guess people have a reason for killing and eat any animal for its meat.

  5. Eunice Barbara

    On June 21, 2009 at 8:57 am

    but to some it is a part of their culture.however, not all culture are good and should be changed into something better.

  6. Anne Lyken Garner

    On June 21, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Dear me! I knew about China, but never about the Philippines. I especially abhor the treatment of the dogs. Okay, some cultures eat dog meat, but there is no reason for mistreating them, is there?

    A very eye-opening article.

  7. PR Mace

    On June 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Thank you, thank you for sharing this. I could never eat my loyal friends, my wonderful sweet dogs.

  8. Judy Sheldon

    On June 21, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    My dog has never once mistreated me. I detest violence against any living creature. For those who insist on eating meat, the animal should be killed as humanely as possible, but I could never eat a dog!

    Did your relatives stop and think after your commentary?

  9. TheMnofdichotomy

    On June 21, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I agree with Anne, what is the purpose of mistreating them so badly?? Maybe it’s because we would never even think of doing this in the US but to me it’s sickening. I hate it, even hate the thought of it ~ my opinion

  10. Anonymous

    On June 21, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    What a biased article this is. For one, just because one culture hates the idea of eating Rin Tin Tin doesn’t mean others shouldn’t. Second, there’s simply no legitimate reason to ban the consumption of dogs when it doesn’t even harm anyone else! In areas such as the Philippines and China, people eat dogs because they HAVE to. Do you WANT people to starve? IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT?

    I like dogs as much as the next fellow, but I’m also open to different culinary practices, including eating dogs.

  11. Radhika Bhargava

    On June 21, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I can expect people having pets as their food,I am a vegetarian.

  12. Poetic Enigma

    On June 21, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Another great article…and topic
    Terrific read, thanks for sharing

  13. Glynis Smy

    On June 22, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Interesting topic, thought provoking, I would never want anyone to starve, so would not condemn them, however,I would not condone it as a delicacy.


    On June 22, 2009 at 11:28 am

    So, I have not eaten and will not eat dog meat but really, if the dogs aren’t being tortured, what’s the difference of killing a dog for meat and killing a cow for meat?

    Probably the fact that more people keep dogs as pets rather than cows but really it’s not different.

  15. Juancav

    On June 22, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Provoking read,congratulations for showing off part of society, since we always show the best of society.

  16. Mr Ghaz

    On June 23, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Excellent work!!..nicely done..highly informative article and great thought too..LIKED it..thanx for sharing this..well done!!

  17. revivor

    On June 24, 2009 at 1:17 am

    hard read from a Brit where we NEVER eat dog!! (mind you, half the world reveres the cow and we eat them quite happily!!?) – so the cruelty is the unacceptable bit (hope the quotes worked?)
    (from stumble)

  18. monica55

    On June 24, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    A very thought provoking piece. But Why do they need to eat dog, that’s beyond me.

  19. rizzei

    On June 27, 2009 at 6:16 am

    i’m not a dog meat lover. i was just curious about this post. nkapanood po ako s tv regarding this illegal act. nakakaawa po talga ung mga aso dun sobra..

    very interesting post:)

  20. Emily Ashley

    On July 3, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Thank you for opening our eyes to this practice, I had no idea.

  21. CutestPrincess

    On July 6, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    people can get more diseases by eating dog’s meat…

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