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Would you eat your dog?

I made pork chops for dinner and I started thinking, what's the difference between a dog and a pig? A dog is man's best friend but Wilbur, he was "Some Pig". I'm not some hippie here, I think humans are the dominant species but seriously, what is the difference between a dog and pig?

Mon. Feb 26, 8:07pm

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It's just cultural -- a lot of people keep pigs as pets, and they're as smart and loyal as any dog.

OTOH, there are some cultures that consider Europeans and Americans filthy because we live with any mammal in the house.

Monday, February 26, 2007, 8:17 PM

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i really dont believe there is any difference in animals except that we call them pets..they have meat just like any other animal that we eat

Monday, February 26, 2007, 8:31 PM

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I took an introductory course on the Anthropology of Health Care, and this subject came up. The short answer is that we don't need dogs and cats as protein sources - there are cheaper, more efficient sources of protein out there, so we can "afford" to domesticate these animals. They are eaten in poorer parts of the world (think: dog soup in Viet Nam), as are insects for that matter. Some cultures have developed enough that they don't need to eat certain foods anymore (haggis in Scotland, which is made of offal, is a good example), but they've become so ingrained in the culture that they remain on the menu long after there's a nutritional need for them.

Monday, February 26, 2007, 8:54 PM

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When my dog and cat are especially getting on my nerves I threaten to bbq them up. I probably wouldn't really do it.....but try me next time they chew up something really expensive.

Monday, February 26, 2007, 10:00 PM

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I used to threaten my roommate's cat...I'm an anthropologist (following on 8:54) and know folks (outside of the US) who regularly eat cat because it allows them to take on the 'qualities' of a cat...lithe, able to move without being noticed, etc.

I also lived in a country for a year where insects formed the bulk of my neighbors' protein intake--they're super-good for you because they are high in fiber and you are ingesting the contents of their guts, which helps maintain your own gut flora. As 8:54 says, it's not the most efficient means of getting protein, but it has other benefits.

As for my dog, he's a scrawny little bugger (pound pup who was weaned too early and has digestive me!) and I don't think he'd really make good eating. :)

Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 8:56 AM

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no, never and i wouldn't eat a pig either. eww! love animals, don't eat them!!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 9:09 AM

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no!!!!! ewwwwwww, no!! I love my poochums.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 10:34 AM

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MY dog? No, she is too fat. The ultimate couch accessory. Someone elses dog? perhaps.
I also love animals, but still eat them. I am firmly omnivorous. I murder and devour vegetables and fruits too, and routinely pluck flowers merely to decorate my home.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 11:01 AM

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What we think is acceptable food is determined by culture and by our own view of the world. Most of us never question the practice of our own culture because we all try to fit in within out own group.

I am vegetarian and sometimes I feel like an outcast especially around holidays. I wish everyone was a vegetarian.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 11:26 AM

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somthing to think about next time your in south Texas, AZ or NM...when was the last time you saw ANYTHING stray near a mexican resturant? If I was starving, yes, i'd eat my dog. I'm from South Texas, and I enjoy the local flavor there. I guess that's what gives the Tex-Mex that special flavor...

Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 12:03 PM

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