Yanks are too goody-goody, namby-hoity, lotti-dotti, wishy-pamby, toity-washy, cuddly-wuddly with their animals. Kitty and Scruffy taste just as good
as, I say, I say, as good as Foghorn Leghorn!
Anyhow, people seem to think that eating dogs and cats is common in Asia. It's only as common in asia as it is uncommon in the US. Usually it's in
impoverished rural areas, or in the back of expensive resturants by eccentric wealthy patrons.. That article is very deceptive because it speaks of
cats being rounded up in BEIJING, while also showing pictures of cats in GUANGZHOU that is 1,200 miles away.
I've visited China a few times and never came across any places that openly served cat. Almost every Chinese person I talked to said they never eat
cat or dog, that they don't even know where cat is served, and that most people don't eat it, even when they do, it is usually not domestic cat, but
a civet - and the rare establishment that serves it are always met by protests if it is well known. It is actually illegal
to sell domestic cat
in most places (Cat connoisseurs know they have about a 20% chance of eating catmeat when they order mutton at certain locations around Shanghai, so
it depends on enforcement, and how well the resturant can hide it (by selling it as mutton or kebabs)
This is a civet:
and it is illegal to sell them. When they are found, they are exterminated because they are suspected - like the Beijing domestic cats - of being
partly responsible for SARS as well as other diseases, which is more or less a cover story to clean up the city. There doesn't appear to be a clear
link, but widom would tell you better safe than SAR-ry, eh?
I don't recall hearing too much moaning when they slaughtered another source of meat -
chickens - but chickens are ugly, stupid bird brains, right?
If a resturant is caught serving civets, it will be shut down. Dog is also illegal in Hong Kong, among a few other places - but you can eat it outside
of Hong Kong. You usually have to get it from a meat market, but I've seen a few places that kill it fresh as ordered. Guangzhou/Guangdong
from the story has a "tradition" of eating cats, but the practice is mostly
isolated there as a phenomenon
. Activists are rampant and
have been known to form groups of 100 or so people, burst into resturants, and DEMAND that the cats be freed NOW.
I've also been to the Philippines, where some people in rural area eat dogs, and I've seen them killed, cooked, smelled the dog BBQ, and tried it.
It taste like chicken, as does cat. They are generally looked down upon by everyone else with even a slightly higher income bracket. It's also
illegal. Never have I seen it, or heard of it in a resturant. I did meet a man who was a rebel during Martial law there, and he regularly ate cat,
dog, and at least once... a Muslim human! (although, he didn't know it until after the fact but did say it tasted sweet) Of course, he was living in
the jungle at the time fighting the government.
In both places, eating dog and cat is either a rare eccentric delicacy, isloated to a particlar subculture/superstition, a statistically insignificant
acquired taste, or a food of last resort.
99% (probably more) of Chinese people do not eat cats, but that still makes around 13 million Chinese that do. It's a large number, but nothing
compared to their population of almost 1.5 billion. So to say an any terms that cats are like chicken to the Chinese, or that it is a staple food is
more than an exageration.
If you actually believe that cat meat is rampant in China, then look at this: People in Japan (I've lived there too, and have had more than a few
people ask me if they eat cats) Well, they do! - while they are still alive!