dog for meat 杀狗取肉

dog for meat – Images by xiaomei chen

(中文在英文下面)

Years ago, I ate dog meat once or twice. I didn’t really enjoy it as the meat was tough and its flavor didn’t really please my palate. Now I don’t eat dog meat because I have fallen in love with dogs. (I miss my dogs, who are an ocean away from me, and who may be better than some people.) This said, I don’t think I have the right to accuse those who kill dogs for meat.  It would be unfair to display these graphic images of a murdered dog without explanation.

Food is a big part of the culture. The Chinese in south China like eating dogs in the winter. I notice a lot of signs that say: “Dog Meat Pot” outside many restaurants in Guangdong. Dog meat is pretty expensive. Because of this, dogs are stolen, then sold for meat. Sad… However, if you eat fish, which are, in my opinion, among the most beautiful creatures, you have no right to accuse those who eat dogs, as fish and dogs are equal, so are pigs, sheep, cows, etc. Even fruit and vegetable have their lives. Should we give up eating anything that has life and starve?

I once did a project on dogs in LA. That’s a completely different attitude about dogs. A woman once told me she spent $2000/month on her dogs, which was more than my monthly stipend from my fellowship at the time.  Here is the link to the dog tales in LA:

http://chenxphoto.com/magazine/

很久以前,我吃过一、两次狗肉。狗肉并不好吃。味膻而肉老。后来,我爱上狗,就更不吃狗了。(我想念我的狗狗们。他们比一些人还要好。)年二十五,邻居杀狗取肉,地上血淋淋,看了有点惊心动魄。可是,我没有权力对邻居说他不人道。如果你吃鱼,别人说这是不人道的——因为水里的鱼儿多美呀,你大概会不服气。其实,狗和鱼是平等的,还有鸡、鸭、鹅、牛、羊等等,还有好看的苹果、橙子、柠檬、莴苣等,他们都有自己的生命。

食乃文化。中国人爱在冬天吃狗肉,说冬狗进补。中国南方很多餐馆外都挂着“狗肉煲”的牌子。狗肉还很贵。因为贵,就有人盗狗卖肉。真是恶劣。盗狗者不道德,但我仍没有权力责怪吃狗者,如果他们并不知道那狗是偷来的。

我曾在洛杉矶做过一个关于狗的专题。洛杉矶的人对的态度与中国人相差一万八千里。一个女人告诉我,她每个月在狗身上的花费有两千多美金……以下是洛杉矶的狗狗连谏:

http://chenxphoto.com/magazine/

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