June 20, 2017
I actually have personally eaten dog in Asia.
It’s not really a big deal. Cows and horses are smarter than dogs anyway, and we eat those.
But most people probably don’t want to eat a dog, and they certainly wouldn’t want to eat a poisoned dog.
It is also unethical to steal people’s pets and feed them to others.
A new investigation has revealed unsuspecting tourists in Bali have been served dog meat in their dinner instead of chicken.
The probe, which aired on Australia’s ABC and led by Animals Australia, revealed dogs are regularly cooked up and served to unsuspecting tourists. It is legal to sell dog meat in Bali.
According to the investigation, many of the dogs are poisoned, raising questions about the potential health risk to humans. Dogs were also allegedly bludgeoned and strangled.
The four-month investigation was led by a man calling himself Luke, who infiltrated Bali’s dog meat trade by posing as a documentary maker.
“I began the investigation by pinpointing and getting to know the key players in Bali’s completely unregulated dog-meat industry,” he said. “Eventually, they invited me to join them as their gangs stole, hunted, poisoned and killed dogs.”
Luke’s footage shows dogs being rounded up and shot, hit over the head and poisoned with cyanide.
“The catching was fiercely aggressive,” Luke recalled. “The dogs screamed and writhed as the noose strangled them. Some tried to bite through the ties to free themselves but with their muzzles lashed, their attempts were futile.”
According to toxicologists, the cyanide used to poison the dogs isn’t removed through cooking. “The actual risk depends upon how much poison is in the dog meat,” Doctor Andrew Dawson told ABC.
It isn’t just cyanide-laced dog meat people have to worry about. According to Luke, some of the dogs are captured in areas where rabies is prevalent.
The Balinese are a particular sordid bunch, generally. But my advice to anyone traveling in the third world is to not eat anywhere you don’t see locals also eating. That way, even if you are eating dog, you’re not eating dog laced with cyanide or rabies.
Also, pretty much any weird meat is going to be sold as chicken, so you can probably just avoid that altogether and be relatively safe. All chicken is pretty much bad food anywhere, and third world chicken is much worse. Worse than the dog for sure, assuming it wasn’t killed with cyanide and didn’t have rabies.