Dog meat should be served at USA resturants
Con will argue dog meat should not be served at restaurants within the USA.
Great topic! Here’s what I got:
Why the U.S. should not legalize selling dog-meat at restaurants
US National Security Interests
When the top dog-meat eating countries in the world are China, Vietnam, North Korea, and isolated parts of the African continent (all countries and areas with dismal human rights records) you know you have a propaganda issue at hand. Though the major US security concern is in fact with protecting human rights –and not animal rights- the very fact that dog-meat is typically seen as a taboo food; meaning also not very well regulated, processed, or sanitized enough for people to eat even in countries where it is legal (http://www.changeforanimals.org...) <<< like South Korea), means that the US government would lose serious credibility on the world stage were it to legalize selling dog-meat at US restaurants. Serving dog-meat to the U.S. population is therefore a propaganda win for totalitarian governments that just don’t give a darn about what their people eat and whether it’s safe or not.
US Cultural View of Dogs
In American society, dogs by the large majority of the population are typically treated as pets (not food) and are afforded at least some legal protection against wrongful treatment (such as with dog fighting & Michael Vick). Legalizing dog-meat at US restaurants –certainly to be an unpopular measure with US animal rights agencies- therefore could be expected to create new domestic protests & violence that could be disruptive to the American government, economy, and orderly way of life.
In a society and culture that can also potentially borderline worship dogs as role-models (evidence by Snoopy, Old Yeller, Clifford, Pluto, and Scooby-Doo) –in addition to the typical inclinational view as pets that I’ve just argued for- you can expect “Dog Lives Matter” boycotts at a U.S. restaurant near you.
Religious Views of Dogs
In some popular religions, like in Islam, Judaism, and elements of Buddhism & Hinduism, Dogs are either worshipped, protected, or play a significant religious role (https://en.wikipedia.org...). Offending a large body of fanatically religious people is never a good idea for a country if it can be smartly avoided.
That all I got for now. Looking forward to R2.
Many countries serve dog meat and it is part of their culture. By continuing to not serve dog meat we are being culturally insensitive to these traditions.
"On June 21 in Yulin City in the Ganxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China, a "Dog Meat Festival" event was held where citizens gathered to eat dog meat."
Dog meat saves chickens, pigs, and cows lives. Think of it from a cow or chicken's point of view? Would they like to be dinner? Or would they rather another animal to be dinner?
I find it hypocritical to put the needs of a dog above those of other animals. As for religion, some religions see cows as sacred. By serving dog meat in lieu of cow meat many cow lives and cruelty towards cows could be prevented. pbs.org
"To India"s millions of Hindus, the cow is a holy animal that cannot be harmed "
You use the source
With so many dogs required for the farms to make a profit, it is costly and difficult to keep dog farms clean. Lack of care, insufficient funds and little knowledge about dog needs and welfare, results in dogs being kept in unhygienic conditions. R03;" changeforanimals.org
Yet, how is the sanitation for dogs any different than those of poultry?
"No country in the world has devised a humane method of slaughtering dogs for commercial dog meat production. "
Again, changeforanimals.org implies that there are humane methods for slaughtering animals. Watch the below video and see for yourself if other farm animals are humanely slaughtered. Also the humanemyth.org website provides visual details of how humane farm animals living conditions and slaughter are.
"Funny about the national security, but I don't think anyone is buying that. :)"
I admit, that argument is overrated, but I don’t think anyone is seriously considering we should be eating mankind’s best friend for lunch either ;)
As I’ve hopefully already alluded to, these countries are in the minority, are comparatively impoverished, have terrible human rights records, and very few (if any) are actually part of Western civ. Countries like North Korea and China should not be lecturing us about cultural sensitivity when they have an inclination towards totalitarian governments and could honestly care less about cultural diversity and democratic rule of law.
Which was no doubt followed by mass protest: http://www.cctv-america.com...
We shouldn’t think of this issue from a cow or chicken’s point of view because we’re human beings, and the human mind is far and away superior to animal ways of thinking.
The human view –according to animal rights activists and pet owners everywhere in the United States- is overwhelmingly “Dogs Lives Matter.”
Unfortunately, in the United States, your view is in the minority. And our democratic society is clearly ran by rule of the majority. In this country, cows taste good and dogs don’t. So again, unless we want mass protests, riots, and a PETA organized boycott on hot dogs, the U.S. should not legalize dog-meat.
Its different because of the ethics involved. Chickens do not hold nearly the same level of regard in human society as dogs.
Changeforanimals.org never implied that are humane methods for slaughtering dogs. Your video shows no evidence of a dog being humanely slaughtered.
"Fatal dog attacks in the United States are a small percentage of the relatively common occurrences of dog bites. While at least 4.5 " 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year, only about 20 to 30 of these bites result in death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention" wikipedia
Man's best friend kills 20-30 people each year. I am serious, for society to grow and change we need to serve dog meat. Compare this to how many people die from cattle attacks.
"A total of 21 deaths met the case definition for 2003"2008" wikipedia
Dogs kill over five times the number of humans as cattle. By these statistics cows are a better candidate for man's best friend.
"As I"ve hopefully already alluded to, these countries are in the minority, are comparatively impoverished, have terrible human rights records, and very few (if any) are actually part of Western civ. Countries like North Korea and China should not be lecturing us about cultural sensitivity when they have an inclination towards totalitarian governments and could honestly care less about cultural diversity and democratic rule of law."Con
Yes, but we are being like a totalitarian government by excluding and repressing their traditions. Instead we should embrace ethic diversity by serving dog meat.
"We shouldn"t think of this issue from a cow or chicken"s point of view because we"re human beings, and the human mind is far and away superior to animal ways of thinking." Con
There are many forms of intelligence.
"1. Verbal " the ability to use words
2. Visual " the ability to imagine things in your mind
3. Physical " the ability to use your body in various situations
4. Musical - the ability to use and understand music
5. Mathematical " the ability to apply logic to systems and numbers
6. Introspective " the ability to understand your inner thoughts
7. Interpersonal " the ability to understand other people, and relate well to them"
As you can see chickens have superior physical intelligence. I conclude that chickens are smarter than humans. Therefore, chickens should have the superior mind and should decide. I'm thinking chickens would rather not be dinner, and thus another food goes on the dinner plate.
"Unfortunately, in the United States, your view is in the minority. And our democratic society is clearly ran by rule of the majority. In this country, cows taste good and dogs don"t. So again, unless we want mass protests, riots, and a PETA organized boycott on hot dogs, the U.S. should not legalize dog-meat." Con
Being in the minority does not make one incorrect nor immoral. There has been plenty of historical examples where the just minority succeeded. Viewpoints can be changed.
"Dogs are also worshipped by Hindus, believed to be guarding the doors into Heaven (https://en.wikipedia.org......). So out of respect to millions of Hindus also, we shouldn"t be selling dog-meat. " Con
"The revolt started, among the Indian soldiers of British East India Company, when the British introduced new rifle cartridges, rumoured to be greased with pig and cow fat"" an abhorrent concept to Muslim and Hindu soldiers, respectively, for religious reasons. " wikipedia
"A Murder Over Beef Exposes Indian Tensions" wsj.com
I conclude that while a dog is considered sacred in Hindu religion a cow is revered even higher.
"Its different because of the ethics involved. Chickens do not hold nearly the same level of regard in human society as dogs." Con
I agree that is the USA and many other countries dogs are regarded more highly than chickens. This doesn't make it right nor does this make sense in today's world. There seems to be no reason other than this is the way we've always done it.
I argue that chickens have just as much a right to live as dogs. This is discrimination and prejudice based upon species. There is no moral justification nor logical reason that dogs should be more highly regarded than chickens.
Either both dogs and chickens go onto the dinner plate or neither. Lest you practicing discrimination.
"Changeforanimals.org never implied that are humane methods for slaughtering dogs. Your video shows no evidence of a dog being humanely slaughtered. " Con
Your missing the point. As I said earlier "changeforanimals.org implies that there are humane methods for slaughtering animals" Pro
The video shows that pigs and other animals are not humanely slaughtered. Changeforanimals.org implies that are humane methods for slaughtering farm animals like pigs and chickens with the below statement.
"No country in the world has devised a humane method of slaughtering dogs for commercial dog meat production." changeforanimals.org
The quote is misleading in the sense that it implies some animals can be slaughtered which humanemyth.org debunks the myth of humane slaughtering.
"Man's best friend kills 20-30 people each year. I am serious, for society to grow and change we need to serve dog meat. Compare this to how many people die from cattle attacks."
I’m pretty serious too. In 2014, the United Nations reported that 84% of North Korean households suffered from malnutrition while its communist party leaders spent $645 million on luxury items and another $1.3 billion on its missile programs (http://www.nytimes.com...). Were the United States to legalize selling dog-meat it would compromise our credibility as a champion for human rights while handling a propaganda win to North Korea so as their government would never have to change its ways. Selling dog-meat at US restaurants is therefore a national security issue.
Dogs that go rouge on society can be put down. There is still justice here. Cows are not a candidate for man’s best friend because they leave massive dumps and have a difficult time playing fetch.
"Yes, but we are being like a totalitarian government by excluding and repressing their traditions. Instead we should embrace ethic diversity by serving dog meat."
Chickens are not smarter than humans. The issue is not a matter of "physical intelligence" anyway, its a matter of ethics. And animals have no understanding of human ethics.
True. But rule by the minority would be undemocratic.
Which only demonstrates what would happen if restaurants started serving dog-meat in places where people would be sensitive to eating dogs; aka the United States.
"I conclude that while a dog is considered sacred in Hindu religion a cow is revered even higher."
Not in the United States.
You made an argument before that we should protect other people’s traditions, so I guess Americans should also protect theirs.
For it to be considered illegal discrimination, dogs & chickens would have to go to court first.
There are no humane ways of slaughtering dogs because its not possible to humanely slaughter dogs for commercial meat. Dogs are pets, not food. And “Dog Lives Matter.”
Thanks for the debate! Good job.
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