My question for the magazine: whatever happened to coming up with punny headlines? Missed an opportunity for linking dog and "wok" :)
The proposed law would make the “illegal consumption or sale” of dog- or cat-meat punishable by a fine of up to 5,000 yuan ($730) or imprisonment for up to 15 days. But opponents are still many and vociferous both in the press and online. Dog-eating, they argue, is a time-honoured tradition and China is not yet ready for Western-style prissiness about consuming such animals. Perhaps, they suggest hopefully, the word “illegal” could be taken to mean that there might still be a legal way of killing cats and dogs for the table.A couple of years ago, students in one of my classes asked me about the "holy cow" and, therefore, not much of a beef market in India. I then engaged them in a discussion, and followed up with a comment that what we eat is culturally determined.
I then asked them how we might draw the line--what is it that prevented them from eating dogs? The students seemed to be appalled that I would even ask such a question.
I sensed that I had detected a chink in their armor, and went for the next step. I asked them if they would be ok with having immigrant neighbors--immigrants from, say, South Korea, whose dog one day disappeared because, well, it became food. If we banned eating dogs here, then couldn't we use that same law to ban eating chicken and beef as well? Boy, I could see in their eyes that they wished they had never brought up the holy cow question :)
Let me refer you back to an old posting on eating dog meat ...