Sorry, but I have to agree on this one. What you said wasn't a matter of your opinion, rather it was an unfair and not nice assumption you made about everyone that wasn't completely against it like you are. There's no room for interpretation, you said it plain and clear.
"You have obviously never owned and loved a dog if you think it is ok in any way."
It's just really not nice to get into the "if you don't agree with me, you're a hater" kind of attitude.
I, for one, have made it clear that I would not personally eat a dog... but I do understand the cultural difference in why some don't see it as wrong there.
But I DO have a dog, and only 2 years out of my 26 have I been without one. But I think it is ok in a way. Let's all just stick to opinions and facts, and NOT make assumptions (particularly unfriendly ones) about the people we are debating with, or stereotyping anyone. That way we keep this more friendly.
But if this thread is disturbing you so, I do suggest you take yourself out of it (not in a rude way, but because there are things that bother me as well that I have come to understand that just aren't worth putting myself through stress discussing the topic... so for your own good so you don't get too upset)...
Heck, I WISH I could be a vegetarean too! I tried once... but I just don't have the will power to not eat meat
I do try every year to grow my own vegetables too. Let's put it this way... I do NOT have a green thumb
My tomatoes are always awesome, and my radishes are ok.... but my carrots last year had awesome leaves above ground, and below were only 1" long. GRRRRR, lol
Oh, and I found out that cabbage is really resilient! It actually THRIVED in the snow this winter! haha
Olympia, you bring up a valid point about the balance of nature. To get 20 cattle, you just need to feed them grass. But to get 20 dogs, you have to feed them loads of other creatures as dogs are carnivores. So farming carnivores for food really makes a bigger dent on the animal kingdom than farming herbivores. I hope I'm making sense?
I think you are the first person to provide a good argument not based on opinion or sentiment, but rather one that makes sense as far as it's physical effects. You just turned it up a notch!