Yulin Dog Meat Festival — And 10 Other Things You May Not Know About Eating Dogs

Yulin Dog Meat Festival — And 10 Other Things You May Not Know About Eating Dogs


THE INFAMOUS YULIN DOG MEAT FESTIVAL IS COMING
UP AGAIN THIS YEAR IN JUNE, THERE WILL OF COURSE BE PROTESTS AND CAMPAIGNS TRYING TO
SHUT IT DOWN AND TRYING TO END THE PRACTICE OF EATING DOGS. WILL WE EVER BE ABLE SHUT DOWN THE YULIN DOG
MEAT FESTIVAL FOR GOOD AND WHEN CAN WE END THE PRACTICE OF EATING DOGS ALTOGETHER? SO, IN THIS VIDEO, LET’S TAKE A CAREFUL LOOK
AT THE PRACTICE OF EATING DOGS AS WELL AS THE DIFFERENT ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST IT. I UNDERSTAND THIS IS A CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC,
WHICH MAKES IT EVEN MORE IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT. BECAUSE WHEN IT COMES TO CONTROVERSIAL AND
TABOO ISSUES, PEOPLE TEND TO FORM A RATHER INSTINCTIVE OPINION OR TAKE A RATHER INSTINCTIVE
POSITION, WITHOUT NECESSARILY KNOWING EXACTLY WHY THEY FORM THAT OPINION OR TAKE ON THAT
POSITION. SO, LET’S TRY AND TAKE A CAREFUL LOOK AT THE
DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES AND ARGUMENTS THAT ARE INVOLVED IN THIS TOPIC, NOT JUST THE EMOTIONAL
ARGUMENTS, WHICH ARE INDEED VERY IMPORTANT, BUT ALSO OTHER ARGUMENTS AS WELL. SO, I AM GOING TO USE MY USUAL LISTING FORMAT
AND MY LIST THIS TIME WILL CONTAIN 10 THINGS ABOUT THE PRACTICE OF EATING DOG MEAT. NUMBER ONE: WHO DOES THIS? LET ME BE CLEAR ABOUT THIS, ALTHOUGH THE YULIN
DOG MEAT FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE EVERY YEAR IN CHINA, BUT NOT ALL CHINESE PEOPLE EAT DOGS. IT IS ONLY IN CERTAIN REGIONS OF CHINA DO
SOME PEOPLE OCCASIONALLY EAT DOGS. EVEN FOR THESE PEOPLE, DOG MEAT IS NOT AN
EVERYDAY DISH. IT IS MORE OF A SPECIALTY DISH OR A DELICACY. SO, IT IS CERTAINLY NOT TRUE TO SAY THAT ALL
CHINESE PEOPLE EAT DOGS. AND THE SAME CAN BE SAID ABOUT KOREANS, VIETNAMESE,
THAI, INDONESIANS, FILIPINOS, AND JUST BASICALLY ASIANS OVERALL. NOT ALL ASIAN PEOPLE EAT DOGS. IN FACT, THERE ARE PLENTY OF DOG LOVERS IN
ASIA WHO ARE FIERCELY AGAINST THE PRACTICE OF EATING DOGS. NOW, THE PRACTICE OF EATING DOG MEAT DATES
BACK 4000 OR SO YEARS. AND IT’S NOT JUST IN ASIA, DOG MEAT WAS EATEN
IN EUROPE AND IN AFRICA AT SOME POINT IN HISTORY AS WELL. ALTHOUGH IN THE MODERN DAY AND AGE, IN THE
21ST CENTURY, THIS IS PRIMARILY AN ASIAN PHENOMENON. WHILE THE PRACTICE OF EATING DOG MEAT GOES
BACK 4000 YEARS, THE HISTORY OF LARGE SCALE ORGANIZED OPPOSITION AGAINST EATING DOG MEAT
IS ONLY ABOUT 40 YEARS, IT STARTED SOMEWHERE IN THE 1980S. WE WILL TALK ABOUT SOME OF THESE VERY SUCCESSFUL
CAMPAIGNS LATER ON IN THIS VIDEO. SO, PLEASE KEEP WATCHING. NUMBER TWO: WHY TALK ABOUT THIS? THE REASON I HAVE ALREADY INDICATED IN THE
OPENING OF THIS VIDEO — THE NEED TO CAREFULLY LOOK AT DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES AND ARGUMENTS. FOR INSTANCE, THERE DOES APPEAR TO BE A CERTAIN
LEVEL OF COMPLEXITY AND EVEN CONFUSION IN THE POSITIONS THAT THE PROTESTERS TAKE. WHEN WE CAREFULLY LOOK AT THE PROTESTS AND
CAREFULLY LISTEN TO THE PROTESTERS, THEIR POSITIONS AND ARGUMENTS SEEM TO BE RATHER
DIFFERENT. SOME OF THEM ARE PRESENTING AN EMOTION-BASED
ARGUMENT — SAYING THERE IS SOMETHING INTRINSICALLY WRONG WITH THE ACT OF EATING DOG MEAT — THERE
IS SOMETHING CATEGORICALLY UNACCEPTABLE ABOUT TAKING A PIECE OF DOG MEAT, PUTTING IT IN
THE MOUTH, CHEWING IT, AND SWALLOWING IT. THEIR POSITION IS TO ADVOCATE FOR A COMPLETE
BAN. BUT OTHERS SEEM TO BE ONLY PROTESTING AGAINST
THE CRUELTY, THE TORTURE, THE PAIN AND SUFFERING WHICH RESULT FROM UNREGULATED SLAUGHTERING
PROCESSES OF DOGS, WHICH IS A VERY DIFFERENT POSITION. LOGICALLY SPEAKING, PEOPLE WITH GRAVE CONCERNS
REGARDING THE PAIN AND SUFFERING THAT RESULTS FROM UNREGULATED SLAUGHTERING OF DOGS MAY
NOT BE CALLING FOR A COMPLETE BAN OF EATING DOGS, BUT RATHER THE ADVANCEMENT OF PROPER
LEGISLATION AND REGULATIONS IN ORDER TO ELIMINATE OR AT LEAST MINIMIZE UNNECESSARY PAIN AND
SUFFERING IN THE SLAUGHTERING AND PREPARATION PROCESSES OF DOG MEAT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION. AND OTHERS ARE PROTESTING SOMETHING DIFFERENT
YET AGAIN — THEY ARE PROTESTING AGAINST THE INDUSTRIALIZATION, THE COMMERCIAL AND PROFITEERING
ASPECTS OF THE DOG MEAT MARKETS. SO, EVEN THESE PROTESTORS WHO ARE STANDING
TOGETHER SHOULDER TO SHOULDER ARE NOT THE SAME. THEY ARE PROTESTING AGAINST DIFFERENT THINGS
BASED ON DIFFERENT REASONS AND MOTIVES. THAT IS WHY, IF WE WANT TO TAKE A REASONABLE
POSITION IN THIS RATHER SENSITIVE CONTROVERSIAL TABOO TOPIC, WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE COMPLEXITY
OF IT, SO THAT WE ARE NOT TAKING A POSITION BASED ON IMPULSES AND INSTINCTS, BUT RATHER,
WE CHOOSE OUR POSITION BASED ON WELL REASONED ARGUMENTS AND CAREFUL THINKING. THE PURPOSE OF THIS VIDEO IS NOT TO ARGUE
FOR OR AGAINST THE PRACTICE OF EATING DOGS. I WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT DIFFERENT ARGUMENTS
AND PERSPECTIVES INVOLVED IN THIS TOPIC. SO NOW, LET’S LOOK AT SOME REASONS AND ARGUMENTS,
SOME OF WHICH STRONG, SOME OF WHICH NOT SO STRONG, FOR WHY IT IS MORALLY WRONG TO EAT
DOGS. NUMBER THREE: WHY IS IT WRONG TO EAT DOGS? THE INTELLIGENCE ARGUMENT. THE INTELLIGENCE ARGUMENT IS REALLY A SERIES
OF ARGUMENTS THAT WE HEAR FROM ACTIVITIES, CAMPAIGNERS AND PROTESTERS — THESE ARGUMENTS
CENTER ON THE MAIN THEME THAT IT IS WRONG TO EAT DOGS BECAUSE DOGS ARE SO INTELLIGENT. PROPONENTS OF THIS ARGUMENT WOULD CITE SCIENTIFIC
STUDIES SHOWING THAT DOGS CAN UNDERSTAND, INTERPRET, AND RESPOND TO HUMAN LANGUAGES
AND EMOTIONS, AND THAT THEIR BRAIN STRUCTURE IS COMPLEX, AND THAT THEY ARE JUST OVERALL
AN INTELLIGENT SPECIES. AND CERTAINLY REFERENCING PUBLISHED SCIENTIFIC
STUDIES DOES MAKE THIS ARGUMENT SEEM STRONG. HOWEVER, THERE ARE SEVERAL ISSUES WITH THIS
ARGUMENT. LET ME HIGHLIGHT TWO HERE: FIRST, THIS NOTION
— THAT IT IS OKAY TO EAT STUPID ANIMALS BUT NOT SO OKAY TO EAT SMARTER ANIMALS — WHERE
IS THIS IDEA EVEN COMING FROM? AND EVEN IF WE BUY INTO THIS LOGIC — THAT
YOU CAN ONLY EAT STUPID ANIMALS BUT NOT INTELLIGENT ANIMALS — THIS INTELLIGENCE ARGUMENT IS STILL
PROBLEMATIC, BECAUSE WE KNOW THERE ARE MANY OTHER SPECIES WHICH ARE EQUALLY OR MORE INTELLIGENT
THAN DOGS WHICH WE ARE QUITE HAPPY TO EAT. FOR EXAMPLE, WE NOW KNOW THAT PIGS ARE MORE
INTELLIGENT THAN DOGS ON AVERAGE, AND YET MOST PEOPLE GENERALLY TAKE NO MORAL ISSUES
WITH EATING BACON. WHY IS THAT? SO, THIS INTELLIGENCE ARGUMENT IS, TO SAY
THE LEAST, LOGICALLY DUBIOUS. IS THERE A BETTER ARGUMENT FOR WHY EATING
DOGS IS WRONG? CERTAINLY. NUMBER FOUR: WHY IS IT WRONG TO EAT DOGS? THE CRUELTY ARGUMENT. THIS ARGUMENT BASICALLY SAYS — EATING DOGS
IS WRONG BECAUSE, COMPARED TO OTHER SPECIES AND LIVESTOCK, THE SLAUGHTERING PROCESS OF
DOGS IS UNREGULATED, CONTAINS TOO MUCH CRUELTY, AND UNNECESSARY PAIN AND SUFFERING. THIS IS A VERY FAIR ARGUMENT AND IT IS BASED
ON LEGITIMATE CONCERNS. EVEN DOG MEAT EATERS CAN APPRECIATE THAT. AS THINGS STAND AS OF NOW, THERE IS MUCH UNNECESSARY
PAIN AND SUFFERING IN THE SLAUGHTERING PROCESS OF DOGS, WHICH MAKES IT MORALLY WRONG TO KEEP
EATING DOG MEAT. NUMBER FIVE: WHY IS IT WRONG TO EAT DOGS? THE UTILITY ARGUMENT. THIS ARGUMENT BASICALLY SAYS — IT IS WRONG
TO EAT DOGS BECAUSE DOGS ARE SO USEFUL TO US. WHILE THE UTILITARIAN VALUES OF DOGS ARE CERTAINLY
OBSERVABLE — DOGS CAN BE TRAINED TO PERFORM VARIOUS TASKS FOR PEOPLE, THIS ARGUMENT OVERALL,
HOWEVER, HAS A FEW ISSUES. FIRST, UTILITY IS A VERY SUBJECTIVE THING
— WHAT I PERCEIVE TO BE VERY HIGH IN UTILITY, YOU MIGHT PERCEIVE IT AS LOW IN UTILITY, SO
THERE MAY NOT BE A CLEAR AGREEMENT REGARDING HOW USEFUL SOMETHING IS. IN ADDITION, IF WE ARE TO ATTACH SO MUCH MORAL
VALUE TO THE CONCEPT OF UTILITY — SAYING WHAT IS USEFUL IS IMPORTANT, THEN ONE COULD
ARGUE — THE FACT THAT DOGS CAN FUNCTION AS FOOD IS ACTUALLY OF VERY HIGH UTILITY TO THOSE
WHO CHOOSE EAT IT. AND IF SOMETHING USEFUL IS IMPORTANT, DOESN’T THE PERCEIVED UTILITY
OF DOG MEAT AS FOOD JUSTIFY THE ACT OF EATING IT? FURTHERMORE, LET US NOT FORGET THERE ARE SO
MANY DIFFERENT TYPES AND BREEDS OF DOGS, SOME OF WHICH ARE VERY CAPABLE OF FULFILLING THOSE
TRADITIONAL UTILITARIAN PURPOSES LIKE BEING A GUARD DOG OR A GUIDE DOG OR A POLICE DOG,
BUT THERE ARE ALSO CERTAIN BREEDS OF DOGS WHICH CAN NOT SERVE THOSE TRADITIONAL UTILITARIAN
FUNCTIONS, CAN THOSE ONES BE EATEN THEN? BECAUSE THEY ARE CLEARLY MUCH LESS USEFUL? AND STRETCHING THIS ARGUMENT A BIT FURTHER,
CAN PEOPLE INTENTIONALLY CREATE OR BREED CERTAIN TYPES OF DOGS WHICH BY DESIGN CAN NOT SERVE
ANY OTHER UTILITARIAN FUNCTIONS EXCEPT BEING A MEAT DOG. CAN THOSE BE EATEN? CREATING SPECIFIC BREEDS OF DOGS WHICH FULFILL
CERTAIN CRITERIA IS EXACTLY WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING FOR COMPANION DOGS. WE BREED THEM IN SUCH A WAY THAT THEY ARE
RATHER USELESS IN MANY REGARDS EXCEPT FOR BEING A LOVELY, CUTE COMPANION. SO, WHY CAN’T WE DO THAT FOR MEAT DOGS? THIS UTILITY ARGUMENT, AT BEST, SUGGESTS THAT
PEOPLE SHOULD STOP EATING CERTAIN BREEDS OF DOGS, BUT IT IS NOT A VERY GOOD ARGUMENT FOR
WHY WE SHOULD STOP EATING DOGS ALTOGETHER. NOW, LET’S LOOK AT ANOTHER GOOD ARGUMENT FOR
WHY WE SHOULD STOP EATING DOGS. NUMBER SIX: WHY IS IT WRONG TO EAT DOGS? THE EMOTIONAL ARGUMENT. THIS IS A STRAIGHT-FORWARD ARGUMENT WHICH
BASICALLY SAYS — IT IS WRONG TO EAT DOGS BECAUSE WE LIKE DOGS. BECAUSE WE HAVE THIS POWERFUL AND PRECIOUS
EMOTIONAL CONNECTION WITH THEM AND THEY WITH US, AND THAT’S WHY IT IS WRONG TO EAT THEM. THIS IS A GENUINE, SIMPLE AND HONEST ARGUMENT
WHICH IS HARD TO REFUTE WITH LOGIC. SOMETIMES THE SIMPLEST ARGUMENT IS HONESTLY
THE BEST. IF SOMEDAY THE PRACTICE OF EATING DOGS DISAPPEARS,
IT IS PROBABLY DUE TO THIS EMOTIONAL ARGUMENT. IT SEEMS LIKE THIS ARGUMENT IS ALREADY WORKING
TO INCREASINGLY PERSUADE PEOPLE OUT OF THE PRACTICE OF EATING DOGS. THERE ARE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE IN ASIA WHO
OWN PET DOGS AND THEY ARE STARTING TO FORM THIS EMOTIONAL CONNECTION. AS SUCH, THOSE PEOPLE, AND THERE ARE MORE
AND MORE OF THEM, WILL NOT ENGAGE IN THE PRACTICE OF EATING DOGS. HOWEVER, THIS ARGUMENT DOES HAVE AT LEAST
TWO POTENTIAL LIMITATIONS. FIRST, THIS ARGUMENT ONLY WORKS ON THOSE PEOPLE
WHO DO HAVE THIS EMOTIONAL CONNECTION. FOR PEOPLE WHO GROW UP HAVING A PET DOG, THEY
SEE DOGS AS COMPANIONS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY. FOR PEOPLE WHO GROW UP SEEING DOGS BEING BRED
FOR MEAT, THEY SEE DOGS AS FOOD. SO, IF THEY DO NOT HAVE THIS EMOTIONAL CONNECTION,
THEN THIS ARGUMENT WOULD NOT BE EFFICACIOUS. SECOND, AS MANY AUTHORS HAVE POINTED OUT,
THIS EMOTIONAL ARGUMENT IS ALSO KNOWN TO BE SELECTIVELY EMPATHETIC. THAT IS, WE HAVE GREAT EMPATHY FOR DOGS BUT
NOT FOR MANY OTHER ANIMALS, WHICH IN AND OF ITSELF DOES SEEM TO BE RATHER ARBITRARY AND
BIASED. NUMBER SEVEN: WHY IS IT WRONG TO EAT DOGS? THE NEED ARGUMENT. THIS ARGUMENT SAYS IT IS WRONG TO EAT DOGS
BECAUSE THERE IS NO NEED TO. MAYBE HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO DURING FAMINES,
THERE WAS NO OTHER FOOD SOURCE AND PEOPLE HAD TO RESORT TO EATING DOGS, SO BE IT. BUT NOW, WE HAVE AN ABUNDANCE OF FOOD, THERE
IS NO NEED TO EAT DOGS ANYMORE. AND THEREFORE, DOING SO IS MORALLY WRONG. WELL, JUST ONE POINT OF REFUTATION — WE DO
MANY THINGS WE DON’T NEED TO. WE DON’T NEED TO DRINK FINE WINES, BUT WE
DO. WE DON’T NEED TO GO TO THE MOON, BUT WE DID. SO, IS THERE REALLY AN EQUIVALENCY BETWEEN
NEEDING TO DO SOMETHING AND THAT SOMETHING BEING MORALLY JUSTIFIED? IT JUST ISN’T THAT CLEAR-CUT. NUMBER EIGHT: WHO ARE THE PEOPLE MAKING ALL
THESE COUNTER-ARGUMENTS? IT MIGHT BE INTERESTING TO POINT OUT THAT
IT IS NOT THOSE ASIAN DOG-EATERS WHO ARE WRITING OPINION PIECES AND ARTICLES IN ORDER TO MAKE
ALL THESE COUNTER-ARGUMENTS. IT IS MANY TIMES VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN AUTHORS
WHO ARE DOING SO. IT IS THEM WHO ARE DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB
POINTING OUT THE HYPOCRISIES AND LOGICAL INCONSISTENCIES IN THE ARGUMENTS PUT FORTH BY THE PROPONENTS
WHO ARE TRYING TO END THE PRACTICE OF EATING DOGS. OF COURSE, THEY REASON THEY ARE DOING THAT
IS NOT BECAUSE THEY WANT TO JUSTIFY THE ACT OF EATING DOGS, BUT RATHER, THEY ARE ARGUING
THAT WE SHOULD STOP EATING ALL ANIMALS, INSTEAD OF ENGAGING IN SELECTIVE EMPATHY OR RAISING
ARGUMENTS WHICH IN FACT DO NOT STAND UP TO SCRUTINY. BECAUSE, TRULY, IF WE CARE SO MUCH ABOUT THE
WELLBEING OF DOGS, WHY SHOULDN’T WE CARE ABOUT THE WELL-BEING OF OTHER ANIMALS AS WELL? LET ME POINT OUT TWO INTERESTING BOOKS ON
THIS TOPIC FOR YOU TO READ — “WHY WE LOVE DOGS EAT PIGS AND WEAR COWS” BY MELANIE JOY
AND “EATING ANIMALS” BY JONATHAN FOER. THEY HAVE MADE A VERY CLEAR CASE AS TO WHY
WE SHOULD STOP EATING ALL ANIMALS, NOT JUST DOGS. I AM NOT NECESSARILY ADVOCATING THAT, BUT
I DO RECOMMEND BOTH BOOKS. NUMBER NINE: CAN WE TELL TO OTHERS WHAT TO
EAT? SPEAKING OF VEGANS AND VEGETARIANS, LET’S
CONSIDER THIS — TO WHAT EXTENT IS IT OKAY FOR US TO TELL OTHERS WHAT TO EAT AND WHAT
NOT TO EAT? I HAVE A VERY GOOD FRIEND WHO IS VEGAN AND
HE SUGGESTS TO ME SOMETIMES THAT I SHOULD ALSO CONSIDER STOPPING EATING MEAT. IF YOU HAVE A CLOSE FRIEND WHO IS VEGAN, THEN
PROBABLY YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS AS WELL. I BELIEVE MOST OF US WOULD CONSIDER THESE
FRIENDLY SUGGESTIONS TO BE FAIR AND REASONABLE. IT IS A NICE THING THAT THEY ARE SUGGESTING
TO US SOMETHING WHICH THEY BELIEVE IS GOOD AND BENEFICIAL. BUT WHAT IF THEY ARE DOING MORE THAN JUST
SUGGESTING OR ENCOURAGING US TO CHANGE WHAT WE EAT. WHAT IF THEY ARE PRESSURING AND PUSHING AND
COMPELLING US TO CHANGE WHAT WE EAT, WOULD WE STILL CONSIDER THAT TO BE FAIR AND REASONABLE? ANOTHER WAY TO THINK ABOUT THIS QUESTION IS
THIS — WE KNOW MOST PEOPLE IN INDIAN DO NOT EAT BEEF BECAUSE THEY CONSIDER COWS TO BE
HOLY. WOULD IT BE OKAY IF INDIAN PEOPLE WOULD FORM
SOME KIND OF AN ORGANIZATION, SOME FORM OF AN NGO OR IGO TO PUT POLITICAL PRESSURE AND
USE ECONOMIC SANCTIONS IN ORDER TO GET THE EUROPEANS AND AMERICANS TO STOP EATING STEAKS
AND HAMBURGERS. WOULD YOU CONSIDER THAT TO BE FAIR AND REASONABLE? WE KNOW THAT MOST PEOPLE IN MUSLIM NATIONS
DO NOT EAT PORK. CAN THEY, THROUGH NGOS AND IGOS, APPLY ECONOMIC
AND POLITICAL PRESSURE TO GET EUROPEANS AND AMERICANS TO STOP EATING PORK AND BACON? WOULD THAT BE FAIR AND ACCEPTABLE? IF WE FEEL IT IS NOT FAIR AND REASONABLE FOR
INDIANS AND MUSLIMS TO DO THAT I SUGGESTED AS A HYPOTHETICAL, THEN WHY SHOULD THE, MOSTLY
WESTERN, CAMPAIGNERS AND ORGANIZATIONS USE POLITICAL PRESSURE AND ECONOMIC SANCTIONS
AND OTHER FORMS OF LEVERAGES TO COMPEL THE KOREANS AND CHINESE TO STOP EATING DOGS? BEARING IN MIND THAT THESE CAMPAIGNERS’ CONVICTION
THAT DOGS SHOULD NOT BE EATEN IS AS GENUINE AND SINCERE AS INDIANS’ CONVICTION THAT BEEF
SHOULD NOT BE EATEN AND MUSLIMS’ CONVICTION THAT PORK SHOULD NOT BE EATEN. NUMBER TEN: 1988, 2002, 2008 1988 SUMMER OLYMPICS IN SOUTH KOREA, 2002
WORLD CUP IN SOUTH KOREA, AND 2008 SUMMER OLYMPICS IN CHINA. WHAT DO THESE THREE EVENTS HAVE IN COMMON? IN ALL THREE CASES, WESTERN PRESSURE, MOSTLY
FROM AMERICANS AND EUROPEANS, TO BOYCOTT THESE EVENTS UNLESS THE HOSTING NATIONS BANNED THE
PRACTICE OF EATING DOG MEAT. AND OF COURSE, KOREA AND CHINA DID NOT WANT
TO LOSE VISITORS AND TOURISTS AND MONEY, SO THEY HAD TO DO SOMETHING TO PLEASE THE CAMPAIGNERS. WHAT DID THEY DO? 1988 KOREAN OLYMPICS, THIS WAS MORE THAN 20
YEARS AGO AND KOREA WAS NOT YET THE ECONOMIC POWER HOUSE IN ASIA AS THEY ARE ECONOMICALLY
STRONG TODAY, SO THEY BASICALLY COMPLIED. THE KOREAN GOVERNMENT ISSUED A COMPLETE BAN
ON DOG MEAT FOR THE ENTIRE DURATION OF THE SUMMER OLYMPICS. THIS WAS UNPRECEDENTED AND THIS NEVER HAPPENED
AGAIN SINCE. FOURTEEN YEARS LATER, 2002 WORLD CUP, SAME
THING, WESTERN PRESSURE, THREAT TO BOYCOTT, BUT THIS TIME, THE KOREANS RESISTED, THEY
STOOD UP FOR THEMSELVES AND SAID — IF SOMEDAY WE STOP EATING DOGS, THAT’S BECAUSE IT IS
OUR CHOICE; IF WE CONTINUE TO EAT DOGS, THAT’S ALSO OUR CHOICE. WHATEVER CHOICE WE MAKE, THE POINT IS — IT
IS OUR CHOICE TO MAKE. SO THIS TIME, THEY DIDN’T GIVE IN TO THE PRESSURE. SURE, SOME DOG MEAT MARKETS WERE CLOSED AND
SOME DOG MEAT RESTAURANTS HAD TO STOP OPERATING DURING THE WORLD CUP, BUT IT WAS NOT A COMPLETE
BAN, AND AFTER THE WORLD CUP, THINGS WENT BACK TO NORMAL AGAIN. ANOTHER SIX YEARS LATER, 2008 SUMMER OLYMPICS
IN BEIJING, CHINA. YET AGAIN, SAME THING — WESTERN PRESSURE,
THREAT TO BOYCOTT, AND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT BASICALLY DID THE SAME COSMETIC THING FOR
APPEARANCES — THEY CLOSED DOWN A NUMBER OF DOG MEAT RESTAURANTS IN BEIJING AND THAT WAS
IT. A COUPLE OF PATTERNS EMERGED FROM THESE INCIDENTS. FIRST, THE WESTERN PRESSURE WHICH WAS TREMENDOUS
IN 1988 DECREASED. IN 1988, IT WAS A HUGE THING, WHICH WAS WHY
THE KOREANS BASICALLY CAVED, ISSUING A COMPLETE BAN. IN 2002, THERE WAS STILL PRESSURE, IT WAS
STILL PRETTY BIG NEWS BACK THEN, BUT IT WAS CERTAINLY NOT AS OVERWHELMING AS IN 1988. IN 2008, THE BOYCOTT THREAT AGAINST THE BEIJING
OLYMPICS WAS VERY LOUD, BUT IT WAS MORE FOCUSED ON SENSITIVE POLITICAL ISSUES. THE DOG THING WAS A VERY MINOR SECONDARY VOICE
IN THE BOYCOTT THREAT, IT BARELY MADE THE NEWS. YOU PROBABLY DON’T EVEN REMEMBER THAT THERE
WERE PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO BOYCOTT THE 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS BECAUSE OF THE DOG THING,
COZ THERE WERE SO MANY MORE SENSITIVE AND POLITICAL ISSUES WHICH LED TO THE THREAT OF
BOYCOTT, THOSE THINGS MADE THE NEWS, THE DOG THING MORE OR LESS FLEW UNDER THE RADAR, UNLESS
YOU PAID ATTENTION TO IT, OTHERWISE, YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T EVEN NOTICE. ANOTHER PATTERN IS THAT THE REACTIONS FROM
THESE ASIAN COUNTRIES ALSO BECAME MORE, LET’S SAY — NUANCED, DIPLOMATIC, POLITICALLY CORRECT,
AND MORE OF A WINDOW-DRESSING RESPONSE. 1988, A COMPLETE BAN, 2002, A KIND OF SYMBOLIC
GESTURE, 2008, IT WAS AN EVEN SMALLER GESTURE FOR APPEARANCES. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? ON THE ONE HAND, THIS SUGGESTS THAT THE WEST
IS GETTING MORE TOLERANT AND LESS BOTHERED WITH THIS AS TIME PROGRESSED. ON THE OTHER HAND, IT SEEMS LIKE THESE ASIAN
COUNTRIES ARE SIMPLY GETTING BETTER AT PLAYING THE GAME. NOW, EVERY TIME AN EVENT OCCURS, WHETHER IT
IS AN INTERNATIONAL SPORTING EVENT, OR THIS YULIN DOG MEAT FESTIVAL, EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT
THESE CAMPAIGNERS AND ACTIVISTS WILL PROTEST, THEY WILL DEMONSTRATE, THEY WILL THREATEN
AND THEY WILL BOYCOTT. PEOPLE KNOW THAT NOW, THEY ANTICIPATE IT AND
THEY EXPECT IT. SO THESE EVENT ORGANIZERS RESPOND, THEY PLAY
THE GAME, AND THEY LEARN TO PLAY IT BETTER EVERY TIME THIS HAPPENS. ISN’T THIS EXACTLY WHAT HAS BEEN OCCURRING
SINCE 1988? AND LET’S NOT FORGET, NEXT YEAR, 2020 OLYMPICS
IN ASIA AGAIN, THIS TIME IN JAPAN. YOU MUST BE THINKING, OH, THANK GOD, AT LEAST
THE JAPANESE DO NOT EAT DOGS. OKAY, THAT’S TRUE. BUT THE JAPANESE HAVE BEEN DOING SOMETHING
ELSE WHICH THE WEST HAS BEEN VERY UPSET ABOUT — THESE JAPANESE PEOPLE HUNT, AND KILL, AND
EAT WHALES. SOME WOULD ARGUE THAT’S WORSE THAN EATING
DOGS. AND THE WEST HAS BEEN USING POLITICAL PRESSURE
AND ECONOMIC SANCTIONS TO TRY TO GET THE JAPANESE TO STOP. AND SO FAR, THEY HAVEN’T. I AM SURE THAT AS
WE SPEAK RIGHT NOW, SOMEWHERE, CAMPAIGNERS ARE GEARING UP TO PROTEST AND BOYCOTT THE
TOKYO OLYMPICS NEXT YEAR BECAUSE OF THIS WHALING THING. LET’S SEE TO WHAT EXTENT THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. SO, WE’VE COVERED QUITE A FEW THINGS IN THIS
VIDEO REGARDING THE PRACTICE OF EATING DOG MEAT. TO CLARIFY AGAIN, THE PURPOSE OF THIS VIDEO
IS NOT TO ARGUE FOR OR AGAINST THIS PRACTICE. BUT RATHER, THE PURPOSE OF THIS VIDEO IS TO
TAKE A CAREFUL LOOK AT THE DIFFERENT ARGUMENTS AND PERSPECTIVES REGARDING THIS INTERESTING
AND YET SOMEWHAT TABOO TOPIC. LET ME END THIS DOG-EATING VIDEO WITH A DOG
QUOTE — EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY. OF COURSE, WE CAN TAKE THIS QUOTE TO REFER
TO DIFFERENT THINGS — BECAUSE THE “DOG” IN THIS QUOTE COULD MEAN — I DON’T KNOW — ACTUAL
DOGS, OR PEOPLE, OR COUNTRIES, OR CULTURES, OR CIVILIZATIONS, OR OTHER THINGS. BUT REGARDLESS OF WHAT WE TAKE THIS QUOTE
TO MEAN — WHETHER IT’S ABOUT ACTUAL DOGS, PEOPLE, COUNTRIES, CULTURES, CIVILIZATIONS,
I WOULD RECKON THAT THIS SAYING WILL CONTINUE TO RING TRUE IN OUR WORLD, BECAUSE THAT IS
PROBABLY HOW THE WORLD IS SUPPOSED TO BE. NO ONE DOG CAN ALWAYS BE THE LUCKY DOG; NO
ONE DOG CAN BE THE TOP DOG FOREVER; COZ AFTER ALL, EVERY DOG WILL HAVE HIS DAY. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT ALL THIS? WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THE WIDE SPECTRUM OF
DIFFERENT POSITIONS AND OPINIONS? WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ARGUMENTS I COVERED IN
THIS VIDEO THAT YOU STRONGLY AGREE WITH OR DISAGREE WITH? DO YOU THINK IT IS OKAY TO EAT DOGS OR DO
YOU THINK IT IS SIMPLY CATEGORICALLY WRONG TO DO SO? IF IT IS WRONG, WHY EXACTLY? IF YOU THINK IT IS OKAY, DO YOU THINK IT IS
OKAY TO EAT ALL BREEDS OF DOGS, OR JUST CERTAIN BREEDS OF DOGS? DO YOU THINK IT IS FAIR FOR SOME PEOPLE TO
COMPEL AND COERCE OTHERS INTO EATING SOMETHING? OR NOT EATING SOMETHING? IS THERE ANY HYPOTHETICAL SITUATION IN WHICH
YOU MIGHT BE WILLING TO EAT A PIECE OF DOG MEAT? WHAT WOULD THAT HYPOTHETICAL SITUATION BE? OR ARE YOU MORE IN THE VEGAN CAMP? WITH THE VIEW THAT IT IS WRONG TO EAT ANY
ANIMALS? AS ALWAYS, I INVITE YOU TO LEAVE YOUR THOUGHTS
AND COMMENTS DOWN BELOW BUT PLEASE KEEP THEM CIVIL AND RESPECTFUL. THANKS SO MUCH FOR WATCHING THIS RR VIDEO,
PLEASE LIKE AND SUB, SEE YOU NEXT TIME.

10 thoughts on “Yulin Dog Meat Festival — And 10 Other Things You May Not Know About Eating Dogs

  1. Dude, make some research as to how you can make your channel grow.
    There must be some guidelines or tricks.
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    Much sucess, man

  2. STOP fuckin yulin FOREVER it’s cruel/sadistic How u people torture these poor dogs, SHAME on China 🇨🇳💔💔🇮🇸

  3. So, where do you stand on this issue? Do you think it is okay to eat dogs or do you think it is simply categorically wrong to do so? If it is wrong, why exactly? If you think it is okay, do you think it is okay to eat all breeds of dogs, or just certain breeds of dogs?…

  4. This is the case, the degree of interaction between different animals and humans is quite different. Their dependence on humans is also very different. This kind of interaction and dependence is the ultimate in dogs. For a long time in such an atmosphere, the dog developed an amazing ability to communicate with humans, and then the dog's expression of the eyes reached the same human touch. If human beings can face the dog's eyes and torture them ruthlessly, kill them and eat them, it is not only the dog is hurt, but also the human beings themselves. The people who kill dogs and eat dogs will be even more cold and have no conscience. Their lives are like zombies. The scary thing is that zombies are contagious and sin is contagious. If other nations sit on this behavior without condemning and intervening, then the entire civilized world will eventually fall.

  5. Treat all animals with respect, including the animals that you want to eat. If you breed to eat, treat them well and make sure they are healthy before they are slaughtered. And give them the space during their life and their transport to the slaughterhouse. When you finish them, do it quickly so that the animals don't have to suffer. In short: treat the animals the way you want to be treated yourself.

    In my country, slaughterhouses are closed if they hurt the animals in the slaughterhouse (pulling their ears, stomping them or giving them electric shocks to make them walk faster, or simply cut them over without having an anesthetic). In my country, live animals are not allowed to be transported by road and, for example, battery chickens are no longer allowed because they are not animal-friendly.

    As far as dog food is concerned: most dogs in China are stolen or plucked off the street in a brutal way, with a lasso, so that the dogs are hanged. I cannot live with that, because the animals received no respect and the owners of the stolen dogs are very sad. They are not treated well, they sometimes get no food or drink for days and are transported in too small cages with too many dogs together. They were also not checked for diseases. It is a fact that rabies is most common in China, simply because the dogs they eat were not checked for diseases. So people suffer from it too.

    Dogs have been trained for centuries as a company for people and they now know what is expected of them. They help us in our daily lives as assistance dogs etc. That never happened with cows and pigs. Why they are not allowed to eat cows in some countries is because their religion forbids them. Traditions and religions are not a reason for me not to eat a certain animal, that is a myth that has survived the years. What bothers me is that they eradicate some animal species for their so-called medicinal properties, such as elephants for their teeth and rhinos for their horns (which consist of hairs that are packed together). Again such a myth that animals are wrongly killed and often in a horribly painful way. What also bothers me is that many of those acts involving animals are illegal, just for money. That makes me mad. 👿

  6. No its not ok to eat dogs r cats its cruel . I hate it when i c evil monsters torturin the animals just not rite . Close all slaughterin houses for good .

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