Dog Meat - Plucking - Thịt Chó - Vietnam

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Dog Meat - Plucking - Thịt Chó - Vietnam

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Before eating the dog: Plucking, i.e. removing the hair, is done after scalding, i.e. plunging the carcass in boiling water.

This photo is part of a series called Thịt chó: eating a (hot) dog. A lots of interesting comments and reactions have been posted on the various photo sites where this series has been published.

WARNING: These images are graphic, not suitable for kids and people with a weak stomach!

Western culture considers that eating a dog is cruel, barbaric and disgusting (not illegal, though), but ironically we have no problem eating all other sorts of animals as long as they are not called pets.

But for the vast majority of people on earth, cultural values are very different. Dog meat is considered a delicacy in some asian cultures, and indeed cooked dog meat is very tasty and protein rich. You should try it some day! (if you are not vegetarian)

"Food dogs" are not pets and they have no names. They are bred and raised in farms, just like pigs, cows, lambs, chickens and other farm animals. They are usually put down "humanely" just like any other farm animal, by slitting the throat and bleeding the animal until it passes out.- However some disturbing cases of food dogs being tortured before being slaughtered have been documented.

This series of photos shows the process involved in preparing a dog for dinner, from slautering to cutting-up, eviscerating, de-boning, cooking and of course eating! These photos were taken in Bac Ha, a small town in the Northern part of Vietnam, and in various markets of the region.

In case you are wondering, I did not order the dog for dinner, I just stumbled on the scene in the street and documented it, since I had my camera.

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Photo taken on November 17, 2005
153, Bắc Hà District, Lao Cai, Vietnam
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People like you are completely fine with eating packaged meat from supermarkets but if you were ever stuck in a situation where you had to butcher an animal for food, you wouldn't be able to do it. Ignorant hypocrites like you make me sick and disgusted. Killing animals for food is a way of life and if you can't accept it then you shouldn't be eating meat. Did you ever think that these people might not have the luxury of beef, pork or chicken to put on their plates every day? Dog is just as good of a meat as any.
Ok, there are a number of issues here. 1) The treatment of the dogs. After having lived in Vietnam for many years I would have to say that the animals are not treated very well, but not particularly cruelly. The animals are small cages but are not especially maltreated (as far as I've seen. 2) Is eating dog morally right or wrong? I must admit I've had the same (that's horrible) attitude, having lovely dags as family pets, however I think that if certain issues are not applicable (are the animals mistreated, enrivonmental, hygiene issues etc) I think it boils down to personal choice. I do think also that it's insensitive to dismiss it as 'wrong' when many many many world cultures eat insects, cats, snakes, basically anything. I think if the species is not threatened and the animals are not treated badly, then eating dog has the same moral value as eating any animal. 4) People often feel it's wrong because they think of dogs as pets. That's fine, don't eat dog and avoid dog restaurants. But the issue is alot greyer when one thinks that rabbits, fish, birds are often pets too. Only really are cats, weasels, dogs kept as pets in western cultures without people eating them. 4) The taste. I've eaten three kinds of dog in Ha Noi, and all three were horrible, really really horrible and seemingly pretty typical preperation of dog meat. So avoid it if you like. Having tried it I would say avoid and stick to pork, although pigs are according to some sclaes more intelligent than dogs. So maybe give it all up and eat veggies, they are better for you and better for the environment
Cows are also domesticated animals that have co-existed with humans for thousands of years... yet you find it perfectly normal to butcher them and eat them, right?
This practice is barbaric and WRONG - I don't care what your culture is. Dogs are domesticated animals that have co-existed with humans for thousands of years! The manner in which they are executed is appaling and the perpetraters should be jailed (I'm being kind here). I calling to boycott travel to Vietnam!
My main concern is the process of slaughter. I understand that different cultures eat different things, but I feel that whatever people chose to eat they should use the most humane way of killing that animal. I have also heard that Koreans believe the meat is tastier if the animal is in extreme distress at the time of death. This would include torturing the animals until they die. I believe this is not a good reaction in any culture. Eat what you want, but give the animal a humane life with a quick and painless death.
dogs are inteligent as all predators. and are funktion in different way. than prey animals. Not that is ok to slaughter a pry animals and keep them in poor conditions ither. the difference betwen a dog and a wolf. are that a dog seek instinctively humans help in finding a solution to a problem. and regardless of you state this is slaughter dogs( sick!) you cant take away instinct! this animals are stressed. they dont live nearly in a natural way fore a dog. the dogs are tramatised. it is a good reason this asian countries are criticied over this discuasting handling of animals. cats.racons.walesharks and much more....
I moved to Vietnam last summer and I taste some dog meals and ... OMG, that was so good ! I have another opinion about dogs now :) when I see them, I want them on a barbecue ^^
How completely egotistical, placing your personal values (and idiocy) on another people or culture. Cows are sacred in India (so are Rats in some areas). In Africa elephants are eaten, in Australia; kangaroo and in the US horse was a more common staple then many would like to think. In parts of South America natives will eat almost anything they can hunt or find. Many times during the history of humanity people have resorted to cannibalism. Homo sapiens neanderthalensis skeletons have been found in Europe "ritually defleshed," but were likely eaten as the same techniques for skinning common animals were used. Live and let live -- or rather, live and let eat.
but dogs are best people's freinds and pets....and not food D:
I agree C: I think you have a good head on your shoulders. Some of the comments by people on this site are laughable XD
thes people are crazy!!!!!!!!!!!