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The consumption of dog meat is legal in most countries and is notably part of Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Swiss, and Nigerian cuisine. However, dog meat is heavily tabooed in Europe and the Americas. In recent years, animal activist groups have fought for the practice to be banned on moral grounds.

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Since becoming domesticated, dogs have become integral parts of human life. They are companions and deserve care and compassionate treatment, reflective of that fact. Additionally, the production of dog meat is often unethical, and eating it can be unsafe for humans. Given that the origin of the coronavirus pandemic, there is a need for better hygiene standards in the food manufacturing process now more than ever.
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The harvesting of dog meat results in abuse

The reports of abuse towards dogs in eastern countries mostly revolve around kidnappings of pets for their consumption along with their maltreatment before slaughter.
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Context

Dogs aren't treated properly or humanely when they're meant for slaughtering and consumption.

The Argument

The raising and slaughtering of dogs, like any animal used for food, are not always humane. There are those who respect them and raise them humanely, while others mistreat the animals before slaughter. Some of the countries that eat dog meat suffer from high rates of poverty. The communities don't always have the means or the money to raise animals for slaughter in humane and safe ways. There has been a long history of pet kidnappings revolving around acquiring animals for the dog meat market.[1] Many of the reasons for such abuse boils down to money. It’s expensive to raise animals, especially omnivorous pack dynamic animals like dogs. Cutting corners though usually involves what animals are fed and where they’re allowed to live, not where they’re procured from. [2] While animals being treated poorly before slaughter is not uncommon to go so far as to kidnap peoples pets incites outrage in countless people. With the consumption of dog meat already being morally dubious, the dogs' inevitable suffering before death gives the practice a dark outlook.

Counter arguments

This does not account for all locations that raise dogs for their meat, only those that are more prominent in the media due to some peoples stance on the consumption of dog meat. As the world evolves so do countries and their government. New policies are being passed everyday to improve not only the peoples lives but their community. Places like China and Vietnam have been revising their laws on animal abuse so they can be raised and treated humanely. [3] To lump together entire cultures with the sole few who break the rules does not look at the bigger picture. Things are changing and for the better. While it’s taking time to fully adjust to these changes they have been well received by a majority of the populace. It’s not cruel to raise dogs for eating, it’s cruel to raise them in inhumane ways and slaughter them just the same.

Premises

[P1] The raising and slaughtering and dogs for their meat is immoral due to the cruel ways they are being brought up and killed.

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References

  1. https://www.hsi.org/news-media/zhuhai-second-city-china-banned-eating-dogs-cats-wildlife/
  2. https://www.dailysabah.com/world/asia-pacific/couple-in-vietnam-detained-over-killing-pet-dogs-cats-for-meat
  3. https://blog.humanesociety.org/2018/11/new-vietnam-law-mandates-humane-treatment-of-farm-animals.html

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