If you can eat a pig, you can eat a dog.
The annual dog meat festival was held in the small Chinese province of Yulin this week and once again the Western world is up in arms.
It never ceases to amaze me how many meat-eaters turn their nose up at eating dogs but are happy to chomp a ham sandwich.
“But dogs are intelligent!” They cry.
So are pigs.
Pigs have even been proven to possess higher levels of intelligence than their canine companions.
The idea that eating a dog is barbaric but eating a pig is acceptable is a construct of our own culture. It is not better or worse — it is just different.
Both animals are bred for human comfort.
Both animals are sources of protein and fat.
Both animals are animals.
It’s just that in western societies: one is bred for food and the other for companionship.
The differences between the two may not be physiologically compelling but there is something about the consumption of dog that sparks the social justice fires like nothing else.
Online petitions calling to end the festival have been circulating for years with one attracting almost five million signatures.
It is difficult to control such a practice when it is run by local businesses and already lacks official Government backing.
Watch CNN’s reportage of Chinese protesters who try to buy back some of the dogs.