Friday, May 11, 2007

Dog meat, anyone?

The idea alone of eating dog meat scares a lot people, especially those in the West, whose appetite for this animal seems remote considering that they are man's best friend. The question that would always crop up in their minds is that why should we kill dogs for meat purposes? Some kind of a big puzzle for many dog lovers, who even revered the animal as alternative companion for those who live alone with no one to care for them anymore.

In fact, many people love dogs. Look at the Americans, they even have the guts to keep them by their sides during night time and they rear them like small children. So much so that some dogs become spoiled brats. To love an animal is not really that bad provided that you give them the proper training they need so that they won't put the whole house in a mess. Maintenance alone is a big headache for those who can ill-afford to share their time with dogs.

Going back to eating dog meat, it is a bit strange as some people have claimed to be enjoying the recipe in some selected eateries. It is common knowledge that this practice is not common in the West, but in some parts of Asia, slaughtering of dogs has become a regular practice for meat purposes. For them, this delicacy gives them some kind of improving their libidinal desires. To others, it is just another way of abusing the animal, contrary to what most humane animal organizations are clamoring against the illegal and inhuman slaughter of dogs.

But why do people eat dog meat? A good question indeed. Aside from being readily available, it is also much cheaper to buy the animal, especially in the rural areas in Asia, which are now beginning to raise dogs in commercial scale for business. Besides, Asian dogs have been accustomed to eating food leftovers, instead of dog food, which are so expensive to have. Although, this practice is only common among the low and medium-income families who cannot afford to buy quality dog food.

There are many ways to cook dog meat. But the most common among them is called "calderetta." This type of cooking calls for ingredients such as Sprite or 7-Up, margarine, green peas, peppers, tomato sauce, salt, oil, and of course, the properly sliced dog meat. The latter is first boiled until it gets soft. Then all the spices and ingredients are mixed with sauteed garlic and sliced onions. This is just one of the techniques that is common when cooking dog meat. But there's a lot more out there.

Even dog's brain is eaten. But medical experts have expressed alarm that eating dog's brain can endanger your health. Better refrain from it. For experience, you can try it to get the real taste of a dog's meat.

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