And don't talk of logic justiniebeanie because I've heard vegans spew just as many illogical sentiments, such as man not being a natural meat eater which of course is not true because ONLY a meat eater has canine teeth. They also tend to always have a "better than thou" attitude!
Wooooah, calm down there
I think justiniebeanie presented herself as nothing less than the most open minded vegan I've ever met in my life, and here you are jumping down her throat. I have a few vegan friends, and one of them DOES have that "better than thou" attitude, but the others don't. You really should not group people together like that.
I think it's really a cultural thing that, of course, anyone from this part of the world would not agree with (for the most part). Sure, dogs have been with people more than any other animals as a companion... but do you take into concideration WHY asians have taken to eating dogs? Even man's best friend is fair game when you're starving to death. The reason asia (particularly china) has such a vast and sometimes creepy array of cuisine on the menu, stems from their overpopulation and times of great famine. Basically, if it moved, you ate it. If you didn't you died. What would you prefer to do? Watch your children starve to death, or slaughter your family pet so that you don't have to see your own child suffer?
It's not necessarily the case now, but it has become part of their culture. It's perhaps the hardest thing for most of us to understand. I'm not very open minded when it comes to new foods.
I grew up in a hunting area. I have, at one point or another, eaten venison, squirrel, duck, bear, and whatever else my friend slipped my way. I never liked any of it. I prefer chicken. I would never eat a dog if I wasn't starving. I don't agree with it. I don't think it's "right" either, but I do understand that what I see as right or wrong is because of my upbringing and the way I was taught to see certain animals.
I mean... you'll eat tuna, salmon, and sardines... but I'm sure you'd have that same nose up attitude if you found a group of people who prefered bettas over sardines. Why? because they are pets in your eyes. Of course I'd be inclined to grab a pitch fork alongside you, lol, but the point is that we have to understand that cultural differences sometimes cross the limits of what one may see as right or wrong.
I will, however, point out that many of the dog farms actually are quite cruelly set up. Oh, and that there are many asians who, within the same country, are equally against eating dogs or many other of the animals they eat. I had several students from south Korea. One lived on the border of the mountains where they are well known for eating dog. He said he would never ever try it.
I actually think eating baby animals is more wrong than eating an adult dog. I can't stand the thought of eatting veal or killing a baby anything to eat just because it might taste more tender. There's just something... heartless about that to me.
You really want to get into wrong (as in... there is no cultural border there) look up ikizukuri. On the other hand, don't unless you have a strong stomach....