web analytics
Login
Subscribe
Breaking News         Catoctin KC     04/21/2014     Best In Show Judge: Mr. Elliott Weiss     Best In Show: GCH Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie     D’Arbonne KC (2)     04/21/2014     Best In Show Judge: Mrs. Judy Webb     Best In Show: GCH Clussexx Over The Legal Limit     Lewis & Clark KC (2)     04/21/2014     Best In Show Judge: Dr. Alvin Krause     Best In Show: CH Sierra’s Ground Zero     South Windsor KC     04/20/2014     Best In Show Judge: Dr. Robert Indeglia     Best In Show: CH Pequest General Tso     Heartland DC     04/20/2014     Best In Show Judge: Mrs. Chris Walkowicz     Best In Show: GCH Ciarrai’s Beltane Embers     Dogworld.TV Celebrates Third Anniversary A Response To HBO Real Sports As the Wheels Turn UC Davis Recruiting Dogs for Clinical Trial Of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Optigen Spring Discount Days Promo April 18-30

We'll email you the stories that fanciers want to read from all around the web daily

We don't share your email address

Not Funny

OK, is it just me or are you as offended by the President of the United States and those around him making jokes about his childhood experience with eating dog? While I am willing to forgive a child who was forced by his insensitive parents to eat something not common among most human diets, I am not sympathetic to adults who find it adventurous to eat animals regarded as human pets for thousands of years, specifically dogs and cats.

At Saturday’s Whitehouse Correspondents’ Dinner POTUS’ writers rewrote Sarah Palin’s memorable joke from the 2008 Republican convention. “What’s the difference between a hockey mom and pit bull?” President Obama reiterated. “A pit bull is delicious.” Now, I know that the President doesn’t routinely include dog meat canapés at state dinners, but I still don’t like the idea that the President of the United States leaves the impression that eating dog meat is a rite of passage or an acceptable diversion for children. The President is revered by millions, even billions of children. I would hate to think that any of them would think that it is anything other than disgusting to eat dog meat.

Now, I am far from a picky eater or culinary xenophobe. I worked for over a decade with refugees and have eaten more authentic ethnic food than the average person. Very few cultures in the world routinely eat dogs or cats. Most cultures look to herbivores for their meat source, though omnivores, especially pork, fish & poultry, are frequently on the menu. However, almost all cultures eschew any other carnivore in their diets. Most oriental cultures, once the major consumers of canine flesh, now have laws against the consumption of dog meat. Today, few cultures still find dog meat acceptable. While there are still some sub-Saharan countries where dog meat is consumed, it is taboo in most western and Muslim countries.

I am rarely accused of being judgmental or intolerant, but on this score, I am not forgiving. No matter how cool you are, it isn’t cool to eat, or condone the eating of, dog meat. And that’s today’s Back Story.

Written by

Billy Wheeler has been attending dog shows as a spectator and exhibitor for over 40 years. Billy is the man behind the popular Dog Show Poop. He is a retired management consultant who has advised multiple organizations affiliated with the AKC and the Cat Fanciers Association on business management, long range planning, customer service, and legislative matters. After 25 years of living in the big cities of New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, he now resides in his hometown of Memphis TN with his wife, Brenda, her Toy Poodle and his Cairn, Scottie, & IG. When he is not blogging, Billy can be found in the kitchen cooking, and listening to opera.
Comments
  • Lynda Beam (Canine Candids by Lynda) May 9, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    dumb move on his part, but people tell sick jokes all the time … we’re just sensitive about this topic and a good reminder that sometimes what seems funny to one person is hurtful to another

  • Post a comment