From the Global Public Square blog:
On Eatocracy, we write a lot about boundaries and food taboos, and I'm constantly re-examining my own beliefs about the things I choose to eat, how they're raised and killed and how they get to my plate. In my adult life, I've been a vegetarian, pescetarian an omnivore and have selectively deleted some items - most supermarket tomatoes for example - from my diet because I wasn't comfortable with the labor conditions in which they are harvested. I also like to think that I can go into most eating scenarios with a "when in Rome" approach to local foodways. Chitlins, haggis and fermented bamboo? Bring 'em on.
I can't, however, imagine a non-survival situation in which I could possibly bring myself to eat dog. I'm well aware that it's thoroughly hypocritical to eat other animals, yet prize the life of a particular species above others, but I can live with that. As I wrote a while back about my personal ambivalence about eating rabbit while having them as pets, it is truly unnerving to know quite specifically what is under their fur and how it tastes.
That goes double, quadruple, a million times for dogs for me. While rabbits have been nestled in my psyche as a potential food item ever since the first time I saw Bugs Bunny's star turn in Shish-Ka-Bugs ("Hasenpfeffer!...That gastronomic, epicure, culinary Crepes Suzette..."), it's never been so for dogs. They're man's best friend. They pull little Timmy out of the well. According to recent studies, they look to humans to solve any problems they have. The dog with her head mashed up against me as I type this just grumbled and adjusted herself for maximum contact and the rescue greyhound on the floor is twitching in his sleep, seemingly dreaming of his former life on the track.
They depend on me and trust me, and while culinary adventure feeds my soul, I am certain that consuming even a mouthful of dog meat would eat me alive. That may be hypocritical, but that's a personal boundary I can swallow.
I'd love to hear your stance on the matter, so please share your thoughts below. We may share them in an upcoming post.