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Should cats and dogs be used as food?

March 9th, 2010
12:37 PM ET

Dogs bark and whine behind high chain-link fences, some of them gnawing the wire so hard they bleed at the mouths while cats packed into crowded cages cower in fear if anyone approaches.

Ban cat and dog meat?
Ban cat and dog meat?

This isn't a pet store - it's a meat market in Guangzhou, a city in southern China where eating cats and dogs is common practice.

At the Han River Dog Meat Restaurant in central Guangzhou, diners can choose from a long list of menu items, including dog soup, dog steak, dog with tofu and more. In the kitchen, the chef chops up meat for dog hot pot, one of the more popular dishes. Most customers like it spicy.

But these local restaurants may have to find a new specialty. The Chinese government is considering legislation that would make eating cats and dogs illegal.

Eating dog meat is a long-standing culinary tradition in places like China and Korea and cat meat can be found on the menu in China, Vietnam and even parts of South America.

The Chinese government has already signaled a willingness to take the meat off the market.

The ban on eating dog and cat meat is part of a larger proposal to toughen laws on animal welfare. Individual violators could face up to 15 days in prison and a small fine. Businesses found guilty of selling the meat risk fines up to 500,000 yuan or US$73,500.

We want to know what you think.

Should people be banned from eating cat and dog meat in restaurants? Perhaps it should be allowed because of cultural reasons?

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  1. karlo

    the cats scramble to the back in fear and the dogs bark and whine some of them gnawing the wire so hard they're bleeding at the mouth.

    the cats and the dogs knows. that should be enough to make you think.
    these animals should not be eaten by us.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  2. hyacinth

    Yes, definitely people should be banned from eating dog and cats meat for any purpose. If it is allowed for any other reasons then there will be no puropse of a ban at all.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  3. Kemberly

    Should we think its normal for other people to eat dogs and cats? Absolutely not. The human race is an evolving race. Any civilized society knows eating dogs and cats is abnormal. I am glad I am living in the United States, a progressive and civilized society that banned cruelty toward cats and dogs. We should not wait until those countries reach that point of civility on their own, their atrocities toward cats and dogs must be confronted and demanded to stop.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  4. Clytemnaistra

    Oh, so because dogs and cats are useful to us as companions we should not eat them? And what about all the other animals we eat? They are expendable because we haven't breeded them to flatter our egos? Perhaps we should just stop seeing animals as useful to us and respect them on their own terms.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  5. Jackaroo

    Its not that people shouldnt eat cats and dogs...its that it should not even be a contemplation as far as resturants or those that sell them to the resturants or those that farm them to sell them to resturants.. goes. Its a appalling practise. Go get a few cows,or goats or an ox or two or sheep...the animals that we as humans consume without being repulsed. the chinese even keep there pets/cats and dogs in cages...they have a lot to learn before catching up to the western world...(I didnt say America......I said the western world)

    March 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  6. Muddy Buddy

    I think the eating of dogs should be banned because dogs are mankind's oldest (by far) and best friend, and eating cats is just gross. Seriously, while there are dog breeds that might make reasonably, if horribly inefficent meat animals, cats have almost no meat on them. Are these people serious? Its like the Buffy the Vamp Slayer joke about Demons betting kittens and puppies in poker as food. Of course they should ban them, and as far as I know its totally a Chinese based effort, with the only external influence being inter-national peer pressure. The upperclass Chinese are starting to have more house pets, and that makes them realize how sick it is to eat dogs and cats.
    No civilized country allows its sub-groups to do many things that horrify its elites, beyond the monster truck type of horror that is. Should we allow Dog Fighting because there are sick and depraved sub-cultures in the USA which think dog fighting is a good thing? Of course not!

    March 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  7. Mike

    Bon Apatite. I say meat is meat. As long as an animal is treated humanely as it is raised and subsequently slaughtered I don’t have a problem with it. Animal rights are getting out of control. These animals are possessions, not individuals with rights, so owners should have the right to humanely dispatch and eat them if they so desire.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  8. MMiller

    The thought of eating cats and dogs is just disgusting. Some may say it is a cultural thing.....It is a universal ETHICAL thing NOT to do that!! Its the 21st century; cats and dogs are domesticated animals- not food!

    March 9, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  9. Outraged period!

    What kind of screwed up question is THAT? Eating DOMESTICATED animals??????? I am sick....sick, sick, sick. No one should be eating dogs and cats...or any other animal for that matter! sick-os!

    March 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  10. Geo

    I find it ironic that a person who eats chicken (or any meat for that matter) finds it totally unacceptable to eat other animals. Who made you the judge of which animal can be eaten which cannot be.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  11. Liam Gillman

    ...What makes cats and dogs so special but not other animals? We are omnivores, animals are a resource that we (being on top of the food chain) have the right to use, provided it not lead to unnecessary suffering (being cooked alive,caged raised etc.)there is nothing morally/ethically wrong with it( if you see nothing wrong with eating meat). The abnormality of eating them vs. any other animal is just cultural eating habit differences. The western world has to change just as much as the growing and third worlds do.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  12. ilovemycop

    This is absolutely deplorable. I cannot fathom WHY anyone would want to eat a dog or a cat. These are domesticated COMPANION animals, not a food source. I pray that the governement in China does ban this process and I hope they impose stiff fines or jail time for anyone caught buying, selling or serving dog or cat. I am blown away. I had no idea this was going on and I am outraged.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  13. tori

    This is wrong on so many levels. The animals we eat should have very happy lives until their humane death. This animals aren't happy at all. They need help. People need to eat but just because we must eat does not mean we should mistreat the unfortunate animals we do eat.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  14. JoseOle

    This is another example of the "Western World", America thinking that our way is the only way. Who cares if dogs and cats are eaten in another counrty. Some people like fish, some like chicken, and some eat dog. If you take away these possiblities then what will they eat? We don't understand that even the poorest American has better food choices than half a billion Chinese. You think eating dog and cat is wrong? Don't eat it when you go to China. Don't patronize a restaurant that features it on the menu. The odds are you wouldn't know the difference between dog, cat, rabbit, deer, or turkey if they were all prepared the same way. Get over yourselves.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  15. Chy

    I think it not right for everyday pet should be eaten for god sake god gave us cows, pigs and chickens for darn food! Dogs and cats are pets, your bestfriend that you know will be there a nd listen to you when your upset.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  16. Mayo

    I love 'em!
    (no caging or chewing)

    March 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  17. Lukas Strobl

    Yes, outrageous, how dare they? I mean, swines and cows are of similar intelligence as dogs and cats. They are also mammals, they also have fur, and they have also been proven to posess complex emotions. BUT we Westerners- the pinnacle of civilisation and judges of all cultures- have decided: Pigs can be kept in inhumane conditions and slaughtered on a massive scale, but dogs are meant strictly for cuddling and fetching frisbees. And anyone who doesn't do it our way must naturally be a cruel savage.
    You people amaze me with your arrogance and egocentric naiveté.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  18. mary romano

    I don't eat meat at all but I can't impose myself on cultures that do. I wish that they didn't. Here in the USA we eat animals and they are not treated very well before they go to die. The Indians and the Army back before the West was won had dogs around for two reasons, security and to eat when winter came along and they ran out of food. But they were treated with respect, and honor. The cultures that eat cats and dogs should do the same. But no no they have to be cruel. With cats they are spooky any way so anything you do to them will not keep them calm.
    I would hope they could find it in there hearts to stop or respect God's pets.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  19. my name

    Cats and dogs make good pets and so don't eat them?

    March 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  20. Mike

    It bothers me to see people eat cats and dogs, but given what we know about how intelligent animals like pigs are, it would be hard to argue for a ban without raising questions about all the other animals that we raise as food. We need to ensure that all animals that we consume are treated humanely, and if we do eat meat, we should do so with full awareness of the environmental costs and sacrifices involved.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  21. jloi83

    Why is eating cats and dogs and appaling practice? Because the Western world decided so? On what ground? I've never eaten dog or cat meat because it is not part of my culture but who am I to judge others who do. In some cultures, goats and cows are venerated; but doesn't the wetern world consume them?

    March 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  22. Alex B

    Seriously? Cow's are sacred in India, but we breed them like crazy over here for beef and steaks and burgers. I've known kids who have had pet lambs, but I still enjoy a gyro. It's not my personal preference to eat dogs or cats, but they're just animals, even if some people keep them for pets.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  23. Alexus

    There is no doubt in my mind that eating dogs and cats should be banned. i don't think God put dogs and cats on this earth for eating. Dogs are supposed to be "Man's Best Friend," not something on the menu. I really hope this new law will be passed as soon as possible so dogs and cats will be saved!

    March 9, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  24. Payam

    Cats and dogs have been living with humans for thousands of year and have become part of family.
    It is uncivilized to eat these lovely animals. Not to mention the way some of these animals are kept and killed during this process.
    This behavior must be considered illegal and a criminal act.
    If a country like China has the desire to be part of a civilized world it must behave in that manner as too.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  25. Alex B

    Seriously? Cow's are sacred in India, but we breed them like crazy over here for beef and steaks and burgers. I've known kids who have had pet lambs, but I still enjoy a gyro. It's not my personal preference to eat dogs or cats, but they're just animals, even if some people keep them for pets. What's not normal here may be perfectly acceptable elsewhere, and unless it infringes upon basic HUMAN rights, we shouldn't be imposing our worldviews on others.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  26. Rizengrom

    Banned 100%.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  27. Sickened

    This is the most disgusting and inhumane thing I have EVER heard. Why we would even question whether this should be banned gives me headaches. Of course this should be banned! I can not believe what kind of sick person would even consider eating a dog or cat. These animals are domesticated. My day is ruined after seeing the images and reading the story. SICK SICK SICK people!

    March 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  28. Payam

    Cats and dogs have been living with humans for thousands of year and have become part of family.
    It is uncivilized to eat these lovely animals. Not to mention the way some of these animals are kept and killed during this process.
    This behavior must be considered illegal and a criminal act.
    If a country like China has the desire to be part of a civilized world it must behave in that manner as well.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  29. Rob

    While I personally find eating dogs and cats very unsettling. Who are we to judge what another culture does? Calling them uncivilized and ridiculing someone else's culture insults not only that individual but also the nation as a whole. We probably have mannerisms here in the US that they find equally unsettling. If we minded our P's and Q's we probably wouldn't have half the wars we participated in. Mind your business and worry about yourself. Pretty simple.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  30. Jason

    50 years ago, we thought Japanese eating Raw fish is very uncivilized and disgusting. Today, we can easily find Japansese restaurant serving Sushi in the United States.
    Who knows, one day we might be biting off the leg of the fried or baked dog for Thanksgivng dinner ? We all know that China is certainly growing fast and can poteintially become one of the wealthiest nations in the planet within the near future.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  31. Terry

    Eating cats and dogs seems crazy to us. But take a step back, what about chickens and pigs and cows? What is the real difference? Ban all meat, we can do just fine without it and watch the waist lines of America shrink!

    March 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  32. Crystal

    I think it's totally in humane. We may be over populated with dogs & cats but I think it's considered animal cruelty for us to be capturing & slaughtering these animals! I can't believe it's been going on this long.. how sad! And don't you know those cats, dogs were someone's pets.. how do we know these people aren't going around & snatching these animals out of their back yards or from their families?

    March 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Reply
  33. David

    Saw that market in Guangzhou a few years ago. They sell monkeys too for food and they will kill them for you on the spot. Up the road are market stalls selling fish. The fish are alive when they slice a fillet from one side. The fish writhe and there is blood everywhere. It's not the eating of cats and dogs I object to but the barbarity of the conditions and the manner of their death.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  34. Floto

    cats&Dogs were put here as our friends,companions and protectors.this is not right.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  35. david Fried

    Humans eating dogs and cats?? Come on! That is horrible! I dont care what people say- Cultural or not, these dogs and cats do not deserve to be cut up and butchered to be eaten by humans. I own 2 dogs, and I love them like family. THey also LOVE me like family too. The chinese eat EVERYTHING that has breathes. I think banning dogs and cats for food wont put them at any risk to starve.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  36. Shocked

    This is a disgrace. This practice should have been banned long ago. The animals aren't being treated humanely while they wait to be killed and I'm sure they aren't killed in a humane, painless manner either. These people are sick.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  37. penpall

    Yes, this should be banned. Dogs and cats, bears, monkeys are not for food. It's cruel and cannot be justified! I thought China is already eating too much of unusual things that normally is not anywhere else done...
    But to eat dogs and cats.... that's like cannibalism. There is enough killing already of whales and other precious animals. Do hope this can be stopped somehow..

    March 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  38. dogsandcats

    Muslims don’t eat pigs, Hindus don’t eat beef or any other meat, and Africans eat bush meat. Every culture has their own do’s and don’t when it comes to meat. Either you eat meat or you don’t. What difference does it make what animal it comes from? Stop forcing western views on other cultures.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  39. Jimmy

    Meat is meat! Dog Cat Cow Pig Chicken, its all the same. Just because we dont (US) eat our companions doesnt mean that other countries need to follow. For the less fortunate, they need to do whatever it takes to survive.... weather it be to eat dog or cat.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  40. penpall

    Yes, this should be banned. Dogs and cats, bears, monkeys are not for food. It's cruel and cannot be justified! I thought China is already eating too much of unusual things that normally is not anywhere else done...
    But to eat dogs and cats.... that's like cannibalism. There is enough killing already of whales and other precious animals. Do hope this can be stopped somehow.. I agree with the rest, it's sickening!

    March 9, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  41. Wrigley

    We are horrified by cultures that eat dogs and cats because these are companion animals in the United States and other Western cultures, but we allow the abusive, cruel and horrific abuse of our factory farm animals to continue unabated. As far as I'm concerned, every living American should be forced to tour a factory farm to see where their steak, pork chop, chicken wings, and veal cutlet come from. Even if we accept the eating of animals, there is no reason why prior to their deaths they should be subjected to the misery, pain, and suffering they must endure. It is an ongoing tragedy all over the world, and one of the reasons I've been a vegetarian for 30 years. And don't get me started on the skinning of live animals for fur that many Americans accept as a reasonable means to drape that animal around their shoulders.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  42. Elizabeth May

    I have continued to be appalled by China and their animal cruelty practices. A couple of years ago government workers went door to door and beat dogs in front of their owners in response to a rabies epidemic. What kind of country does that? Culture??? Please!

    How can China be considered a world leader when they treat animals, not to mention some of their citizens, the way they do. It's pathetic.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  43. dave

    get off your high horse and learn to respect other cultures. If ping wong wants to eat lassie, that's his choice. There's no difference between killling a pig and killing a dog. In fact pigs are considered smarter than dogs... but they taste so good, how can u resist? I'm sure dogs are good eating too. If they are bred for food, then that's what they're for. So what if they're "cute". It is obviously wrong to steal someone's pet and eat them. But that just comes down to stealing in general being wrong.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  44. Moola

    The word culture has become such a joke. Humans used to (probably still do) sacrifice and eat other humans as part of their "culture"too. Thankfully as a group, human beings have EVOLVED to know it's wrong. Dogs and cats were bred as companion animals to help us catch and maintain food not as food, the relationship we have with them is being exploited by these lowlifes. They evolved to trust humans, not fear us as a predator. Love to throw these merchants in a pen with their wild canine and feline relatives to see how they would fair. Regardless of how hard they try to be respected and viewed as a modern society to the rest of the world, these vulgar arrogant practices will forever leave them in the uncivilized category.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  45. Rachel

    These pictures and articles made me want to vomit all over CHINESE people who do this DISGUSTING THING! OF COURSE this should be banned! It's WRONG! YOU ARE NOT STRANDED FOR FOOD where a dog or a cat is the only thing around to help you survive. YOU GUYS ARE SICK PEOPLE! FREE those animals and go eat some VEGETABLES! They will help your METABOLISM ! You need help sweating???? LOL.... go run around the block on a HOT DAY you FOOLS!

    March 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  46. jenny

    NOOOOOO!!! NOOOOOO!!! that is bad

    March 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  47. Cheerbbygrl

    This is ridiculous!! Dogs and cats are sometimes the only companion that a human will ever have!! They are so loyal and love their masters!! I have two dogs and 3 cats!! It breaks my heart to hear this!! It absolutely should be banned!! I hope that this will soon end and the animals that are still around can begin a new life and learn to trust again!!

    March 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  48. guts

    Very sad... hopefully China will comne into the 21st century soon and stop this.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  49. Kris

    Definitely be banned.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  50. Matt

    I just became a vegetarian TODAY! This is disturbing and sad.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  51. Deanna

    If people are starving, then they should eat them.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  52. allison

    yes i think it is horrific that these animals, my best freinds are treated as food and the treatment is so cruel, the living conditions, are a living hell, it is nightmare. to think of diogs an dcats being eaten is sickening, and not just because it is a cultural difference. there is no real benefits as they say good for your health, that is a crock of you know what. it is just their justifcation for the evil they are doing. dogs and cats give us unconditional ove and have more benefits alive to us, lowering anxiety, lower blood pressure, they save us and wake up up at night if there is smoke in the house, there are numerous accounts of dogs saving lives all of the time. they are companions and members of my family. they are not food. they are abused and tortured, some places think torturing them for 30 minutes before they are killed makes them more potent and releases their adrenaline, it is horrific and should be banned.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  53. Aaron

    No! Kegogi mashi soh yo! It is extremely culturally relative to say that eating dogs and cats should be banned. Cows and pigs are smart and delicious too, and it seems ok to eat them...

    I say we try to raise them without mistreatment, slaughter them in an efficient manner, and enjoy them with spicy sauces and garlic.

    (P.S. I'm an American that lived in Korea and lives in Mexico...)

    March 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  54. webb

    this is very sick, those people need not eat dogs and cats, that is just sick.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  55. RJG

    I am appalled and disgusted. Anyone who has seen the entire process from birth to slaugher will agree. In America, this is and always will be unacceptable. However, I am not Asian, and didn't grow up in Asia. So if this is a part of their life, I am in no position to judge what they eat. I can comment on the treatment of the animals. From what the news reporters share, it is clearly abuse and torture and this has to STOP!

    March 9, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  56. Eleanore

    That practice should be outlawed and large fines as well as jail time for offenders. This needs to be done fast before this outrageous practice keeps up. Those animals were meant to be PETS not FOOD!

    March 9, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  57. Jim

    Anyone who thinks we shouldn't allow people to eat dogs and yet had bacon for breakfast or pork for lunch is a hypocrite.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  58. Jeneen

    Personally, I think keeping any animal in a cage during its life and then killing it for the purpose of eating it (or wearing it) is an inhumane practice. We have no right to treat another living creature like that. People on this post who complained about the farming practices in the U.S. (and other countries) are absolutely right – if you saw how the animals you eat are treated, and the conditions in which they lived, you would never eat another one. There is a strong cultural difference in countries that eat animals that we consider "pets" – it doesn't make it any more right or wrong than eating the ones we consider "food". Of course in China's case, they don't have a much better track record with how they treat their human citizens, either.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  59. JohnS

    Don't get me wrong, I find it 100% wrong to eat dogs and cats. But it was pretty funny to see this piece of news on CNN during a long recession. Shouldn't we focus our energy on our economy, national debt, health care, job market, real estate market, etc.? Compare to these issues we are facing and possibly in the next decade, what priority should we give to the Chinese eating cats and dogs? Just a thought.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  60. Yrdach

    You realize cats and dogs are not even viewed as acceptable pets to all cutlures? By insisting that we do not eat them based upon our level of civilization and growth is to also infer that those cultures who do not eat them but do not value them are not civilized as well.

    No matter how much reason you want to try and use here, the comments are an elicited emotional response, much like the banning of selling Horses for meet overseas, though Horse meat has long be a staple in many cultures and many of our own Grandparents ate it during the Great depression.

    Should eating dogs and cats be banned? Maybe, but not for their cuteness, not for their loyalty, not for their place in SOME societies as pets. But, in those countries where they are pets, and sadly where the theft of them to sell for food is an issue...then yes, something needs to occur to prevent the emotional pain to the owners. Likewise, if one allows the eating of Dogs and Cats, then those who raise them should do so humanely, something we Americans tend to ignore in our food more often or not, lets not think about the cute yellow chick who eventually becomes plumped with saline after a short, very high stress life in a poultry farm.

    Check your reasoning, check your motivations, recognize the value in your gut reaction, but for once....take a step back and TRY to think from a different perspective, you might be amazed.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  61. penpall

    Where is that lady professor on CNN News half year or so ago, who adopts stray dogs – also to protect them from being killed in restaurants. Wish there were many more of these animal guardians...
    Civilized world, do something to stop this!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  62. Olivia

    PLEASE SUPPORT THIS BAN!!!! The practice of selling dogs and cats for meat is abhorrent. If the description of the way these animals are kept throughout the marketing process did not sway you to support this ban, go home and look at your dog and/or cat tonight and just think about him/her being put in the place of the cats and dogs who have had the gross misfortune to end up on the Chinese dog and cat meat market. This practice is appalling. UNNECESSARY AND GROTESQUE. I beg China to pass this ban and take a long, commit themselves to reforming their animal welfare laws.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  63. Karen

    No matter what the Chinese dog and cat meat marketers claim – the dogs are cats being slaughtered for food ARE NOT wild or feral. And I guarantee, there is no such “farm” where dogs and cats are specifically raised for food. Rather, I believe these animals are being captured or stolen and brought to the market to be slaughtered in the most unimaginable barbaric way. These animals are sentient beings that have been domesticated by humans for the purpose of companionship, and absolutely should not be subjected to a barbaric slaughter just to satisfy an unfounded belief that dogs and cats are “good for the metabolism”. I will never forget the images that the Human Society of the United States captured a few years ago, when investigating the Dog fur trade in China, of a man approaching a German Shepherd who was obviously domesticated and wagging its tail while being hung up and having its throat slit and left hanging to bleed to death and then skinned while still alive. This, my friends, is not about respecting a cultural difference. This is purely about barbaric practices that should not be tolerated anywhere on this earth.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  64. Robinson

    as long as you pray god to take the animal soul after you kill it, its ok to eat any animal. some races don't eat cow, pigs, and don't kill rats or any mamals, we look at them and say they are nuts, but they look at us and say the samething we say about chineese people who eat cats and dogs, however i 100% disagree to kill cats and dogs

    March 9, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  65. Karen

    No matter what the Chinese dog and cat meat marketers claim – the dogs and cats being slaughtered for food ARE NOT wild or feral. And I guarantee, there is no such “farm” where dogs and cats are specifically raised for food. Rather, I believe these animals are being captured or stolen and brought to the market to be slaughtered in the most unimaginable barbaric way. These animals are sentient beings that have been domesticated by humans for the purpose of companionship, and absolutely should not be subjected to a barbaric slaughter just to satisfy an unfounded belief that dogs and cats are “good for the metabolism”. I will never forget the images that the Human Society of the United States captured a few years ago, when investigating the Dog fur trade in China, of a man approaching a German Shepherd who was obviously domesticated and wagging its tail while being hung up and having its throat slit and left hanging to bleed to death and then skinned while still alive. This, my friends, is not about respecting a cultural difference. This is purely about barbaric practices that should not be tolerated anywhere on this earth.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  66. Name

    Country like the U.S needs to mind their own business. While you guys are saying how sick it is to eat dogs and cats which you call friend. Other countries are saying how strange you guys are having a black president.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  67. lefty

    Eating cat and dog meat is fine and has cultural merit in China. Only in the U.S. (and so called civilized nations) do we treat cats and dogs better than human beings knowing full well that in their natural form, cats and dogs are wild animals. We have taken it upon ourselves to domesticate these animals and give them rights as citizens ("Man's best friend"). Please be weary of criticizing Chinese culture for eating man's best friend when we in the U.S. eat animals everyday which the Chinese may consider man's best friend.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  68. Karen

    No matter what the Chinese dog and cat meat marketers claim – the dogs are cats being slaughtered for food ARE NOT wild or feral. And I guarantee, there is no such “farm” where dogs and cats are specifically raised for food. Rather, I believe these animals are being captured or stolen and brought to the market to be slaughtered in the most unimaginable barbaric way. These animals are sentient beings that have been domesticated by humans for the purpose of companionship, and absolutely should not be subjected to a barbaric slaughter just to satisfy an unfounded belief that dogs and cats are “good for the metabolism”. I will never forget the images that the Humane Society of the United States captured a few years ago, when investigating the Dog fur trade in China, of a man approaching a German Shepherd who was obviously domesticated and wagging its tail while being hung up and having its throat slit and left hanging to bleed to death and then skinned while still alive. This, my friends, is not about respecting a cultural difference. This is purely about barbaric practices that should not be tolerated anywhere on this earth.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  69. Jonathon

    Do I think there is a large American market for dog or cat meat no. But if somewhere in the world they want to serve it and people would pay to eat it….. by all mean let them heat up the oven. Why would there be a ban? Because someone is eating a steak that when alive looked like my childhood pet? That is ridiculous. In Asian countries they don’t have the room to breed cows for meet. Dog is a viable alternative. They breed fast and there is a lot of meat on those bones. We hunt bambi, we fish for Nemo, I don’t see a problem with serving old yeller or Garfield?

    March 9, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  70. Mike

    What a stupid question.

    Cats and Dogs are food for some people......they are probally tasty too!

    If you were to ask "Should cows be banned as food"? People in india would probally answer this question they same way most of the commentators on the board are answering this question....with shock and outrage (look at those poor tasty looking cats).

    What about Pork? Lots of people find that "unclean" – Lets ban that!

    Or Veal? At least the dogs see sunlight!

    Its amazing how ignorant people are when looking at other cultures.

    And of course the media makes a big deal about it, which works up the ignorant masses.

    Is this a new important piece of "breaking news"? Or did Emily Chang just have nothing to better to do so she did a crappy "shock" story.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  71. Cat lover

    Yum... Cat tastes like chicken!!

    March 9, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  72. Kathy

    Absolutely! Asian people are barbaric! They eat dogs, cats, and dolphins! They stock and kill black bears for their testicles! They skin dogs and cats ALIVE for their pelts. At one time, not sure it's done anymore, they killed their female babies because they were useless and they couldn't afford to them. The list goes on and on. It would not surprise me to learn they eat their young because they too are also abundant! Everytime I read something like this, I am appalled!

    March 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  73. sprout

    I will never travel to china! this is terrible! animals deserve so much better than that! shame on China! I would like to put those people in cages to see how like it!

    March 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  74. Judie

    I thought the Chinese were supposed to be a highly intelligent, cultured society. It's just not the eating of dogs and cats but the mental and physical torture these intelligent, loving animals have to endure.
    Dogs are used for helping people, aiding the disabled, providing love and comfort to the sick. Not a protein source, especially in a wealthy industrial society. But remember, it wasn't so long ago that baby girls in China got thrown on the garbage heaps. The missionaries would be there to yank them out.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  75. Jonathan

    I have been and seen it, not nice at all. They toy with the dog and cats first then cut of bits whilst still alive, it's most disturbing to see and witness. At the end of the day many 2nd / 3rd world countries lack respect of humans lso the animals do not stand a chance. no tyet anyway for at least another 100 years or so until they get more civilised.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  76. Renee Stocking

    Absolutely not ! Cats and dogs are meant to be pets and at times they are smarter than humans.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  77. Kat

    Nobody absolutely NOBODY should eat domestic pets – that's right – these animals are PETS – NO WAY should people be allowed to eat them – they need to find another source of meat – STOP EATING OUR PETS!!!! Completely barbaric !!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  78. Rory A Lewis

    The Chinese and Japaneses are animals. less than animals for eating dogs, cats, dolphins and whales. Advanced cultures understand that the aforementioned animals are more evolved than a worm or cow so we let them be.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  79. Marissa

    I think consumption of dogs and cats should be banned. The animals know what is going to happen, and that is just not right. I also think the Chinese that skin dogs alive should be taken to jail. These animals are domestic pets, not food or clothing. It is a great idea that the Chinese government is considering banning the consumption of dogs and cats. Many people would be pleased.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  80. Mark

    How is eating dogs and cats different from eating cows, chickens, and fish? If you think it's inhumane to eat dogs and cats, then stop eating the other poor animals. We have fish as pets, does that mean we shouldn't eat fish? Stop being so self-righteous or become a vegetarian. Maybe one day, even eating vegetables might become barbaric.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  81. Duane

    I for one think eating cats and dogs is disgusting. I loved the pets I had and could never think about eating them.

    Now on the other hand, do we try and change a custom that has been in place for over a 1,000 years? I hate to even think of poor Fido being served with rice, it makes me ill. But to a country that sees that dog the same way we look at a cow or chicken, well it would be arrogant for any of us to look down on them.

    As much as I want to see the killing stopped, the alternative of having these animals starving on the streets until they die is worse. If you can support a human population who finds this type of food acceptable, well then I feel we need to leave it be.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  82. sara

    This is disturbing and disgusting. Of course, this should be banned. The way these animals die is unacceptable. I know we treat cows, pigs, etc., this way in the USA which I'm totally against as well. This is horrific and no animal deserves to die this way.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  83. va

    yes. Of course eating dogs and cats should be banned. This is a clear case of human greed and stupidity.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  84. ladonna

    Dogs and cats were not put on earth to be eating. They are here to be pets not eating. I think people are so stupid and dumb to eat dogs and cats. I think more laws should be set for all of this meat markets to be banded from this practice of eating dogs and cats. just look at the faces of this poor animals. This dogs and cats should be loved and well taking care of as pets not food. These dog and cats are mens best friends.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  85. Rude

    Eating dog or cat is no different than eating Cow or Pig. I've personally eaten dog and it tasted a bit like venison (Deer). Dog and Cats are no more developed than other animal species, and even less than many species. Eating animals is natural, preventing animals from eating humans is un-natural.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  86. Megan

    Hearing this really sickens me. I would never eat a cat or dog (I am a cat owner myself) but I acknowledge that in other cultures people may not have the same emotional bond with these animals.

    Domesticated or not... that shouldn't be the question here. Neither should this become a vegetarians vs. carnivores discussion.

    In my opinion the only question should be: How are these animals treated before they are killed? And are they killed as humanely as possible?

    March 9, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  87. Clint C

    I am a Cat lover
    And if you could see all the Rescue teams out there in North America
    caring for these Dogs and Cats you would see that this region has to be brought into the civilised and humane world of protection..
    This story makes me squirm with disgust.
    Its time for all governments around the world to see that Cats and Dogs are for pets not consumable, this makes me a stronger advocate for the movement
    The chinese must ban this or find themselves in contempt with the rest of the modern world.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  88. Brittany

    That is terrible :(

    March 9, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  89. Charlotte

    As a vegetarian, I believe that any living thing that can think and feel
    just as we can absolutely has the right to not live in terror and sadness and then die just to be expelled from someone's body a few
    hours later. And as for the argument that 'meat is meat', what's next? Will we soon be gnawing on Grandmother's leg for Thanksgiving dinner just because she passed? Where is the line drawn? Anyone
    who has ever kept a pet knows that animals are intelligent beings
    with thoughts and feelings – they simply cannot verbalize them as we can. That should not qualify them for the inhumane treatment they are
    subjected to day in and day out at our hands.- Implement that ban
    immediately.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  90. Thierry Clicot

    The fact that China, Korea, and other Third World countries allow and sanction the killing and eating of dogs and cats should automatically ban them from becoming members of the worlds' civilized societal network.

    Just because there is a "cultural" component claimed, does not abrogate their responsibility to progress and stop barbaric practices. We in America once kept slaves, and no one can say that that is still justified, even though at the time, it was a cultural norm.

    We progressed. And if they want to play grown-up, and meet the western world on an even footing, they too, must give up this blatantly barbaric practice.

    "Good for you...makes you sweat in the summer..."-Give me a break! I hear Tiger-testicles and living monkey brains are on the menu too-Just because a civilization is old, doesn't mean it's valid.

    Should we, in the west, be doing 90% of our business with people that can't even progress beyond 3000 year-old primitive practices like this? We boycotted South Africa, N. Korea, and others for (albeit human-centric practices) similar anachronisms...time to hold Asia's feet to the fire!

    Money talks, and BS walks–Why doesn't WalMart, the Chinese goods supplier to the western world, take this issue on? Maybe they could have some success training the natives...

    March 9, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  91. Marlene

    What an insane country. Let's not forget foremost the horrible crimes they commit against their own people and of course the slaughtering of cats and dogs is just horrific.....God help them on judgement day !

    March 9, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  92. Corbin

    I am shocked at this practice and am AGAINST IT!

    March 9, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  93. Jurgen R. Brul

    Dear CNN friends,

    We Really Need to Know,
    What We Eat,
    Otherwise we are Death!

    If We Can Not Eat Healthy Food,
    than We Have To Contact the
    Food and Agricultural Organization of
    the United Nations (FAO)
    We Do Not Eat Cats and Dogs to Live a Healthy Life!
    For More Information go to:
    – http://www.fao.org/
    – http://www.wfp.org/

    Conclusion:
    OUR HEALTH IS IMPORTANT

    Advice:
    Let us Now make our world
    a Better Healthier and Beautiful World
    for You and for Me!

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul

    March 9, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  94. Casey

    I am totally mortified at the thought of these poor animals being abused and caged all cramped together in the manner that these pictures are showing. If it is considered unacceptable for someone to malnurish, neglect or fight cats or dogs how is it acceptable for someone to sell cats and dogs for slaughter to eat? Looking at those pictures all I can think about are my pets and how the thought of doing anything other than loving them and taking care of them as if they were my child is devastating.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  95. Kathy

    This is so wrong, it should be banned. How can anyone eat dogs or cats, sick

    March 9, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  96. Robert

    I feel it doesn't really matter because it is a source of food. Humans as a whole have been eating animals for ages so i dont think we should pick and chose what animals are more important to eat and not to eat.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  97. some dude

    Uhh..hypocrisy?!?

    I can't believe some people are getting this upset about eating cats and dogs while they find it perfectly acceptable to eat other animals like pigs. What's the difference? Cuteness? Society? Well, if it's societal norms you're thinking about, be aware that not everyone shares the same norms we do. If there's nothing cruel about eating pigs, there's nothing inherently cruel about eating cats. (How they're raised and slaughtered is of course important, though.)

    I for one prefer not to eat any animals at all, because I just don't like the thought of killing them or harming them in any way. But I accept that not everyone shares this view. So it is not shocking to me that people eat cats and dogs.

    If the thought of eating cats and dogs bothers you this much, be aware that you're either reacting to somewhat arbitrary societal norms, or that you have a problem with eating all animals.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  98. Knowledge

    Seriously..................... I love chinese food, but..........
    I will not eat anything that as been proven to have an"extremely high level of intelligence like (dogs,cats,horses,monkeys,dolphins, etc)...

    I know that cows are considered sacred, to some in the middle east , but sacred does not = intelligent

    OH yeah someone on this post stated that they did not understand why pigs were considered to be unclean........... well Pigs are considered unclean because....they do not have any sweat glands. We/Animals sweat to get rid of toxins and impurities in our bodies.. Pigs do not... go figure!!!!!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  99. Horrified Again

    This is the same "enlightened" country that put melamine in baby formula. If they don't guard against poisoning of their young why would we expect them value the life of pets?

    March 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  100. Stas

    People are applying their own biases to this issue. I would never eat a dog or cat, but it really makes you think. These animals are less likely to be pets in China, and some of the other countries mentioned in this article. So, a dog would be no less different to eat than beef for us in the 'Western World'.

    Similarly, we may be repulsed by eating grasshoppers in Thailand, or grubs in Australia (as the Indigenous people consume), but who is to say that the people in those countries won't be repulsed by us eating veal (tiny cute baby cows as 'South Park' put it), or perchance even something as mainstream to us as pork (oh wait, many people are repulsed by eating what was traditionally considered a dirty animal; thus the Kosher/Halal ban on pork).

    March 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  101. vicki Santangelo

    I am mortified to think what these poor , helpless , defenseless dogs and cats have to endure before being slaughtered as a food source. Setting culture aside , cats and dogs have been domesticated for a long time and should not be a source of food for anyone ! Domesticated animals could teach us all a lesson in life , to be more like them – humble in nature and loyal until the end. These domesticated animals are aware of impending doom and because of this reason should not be put through the horrifying process of being butchered . I can only imagine the tecniquies this country uses to slaughter these poor , domesticated animals. I have a hard time seeing someone place a live lobster into a pot of boiling water , that lobster schreeches , it feels pain . There is so much more we can eat without having to resort to eating are dogs and cats – pathetic and barbaric on every level.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  102. Lucretia Kowalczyk Martinez

    Yes it should be banned. For centuries, these companion animals have lived with man. Should the Chinese be allowed this kind of cruelty they exhibit to cats and dogs and whales and bears and tigers because it makes them think thy feel better? I think not.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  103. ILChic

    Stop eating cats and dogs. These are domestic animals. The thought of eating these animals horrifies me.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  104. Budhiman

    100% Not

    March 9, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  105. Shawn

    I find it hard to believe that if confronted with life or death, that one would choose death over eating a specific type of animal. Many of us generally eat some form of meat in our daily diet. What is taboo for one society is not generally so for another. I have ate frogs, snakes, raccoons, and even squirrels. I lived on a farm so many of the animals that I have ate were in at least some since a pet first. I find it very hypocritical that any person that eats some type of meat find it taboo for another culture to eat meat no matter what the breed.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  106. Paula

    Cultural bias my foot. The conditions are horrible. We have domesticated these animals they do not fear us and have no protection from being caught. This is obscene and should be banned. I believe we should clean up our own slaughter-process factiories too. These creatures are defenseless and the practice should be stopped.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  107. Livia

    Cats and dogs should definately be removed from any type of menu. Dogs are men's best friends and cats are also very close to us. We already have the opportunity of eating cows, chicken, pork and seafood and there's no need to have dogs and cats killed for food.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  108. One step at a time

    We started with dogs and cats. Accepted them into our homes. Treated them kindly. We are disgusted at the thought of eating them. Today some judge China to be wrong. But others say what about pigs and sheep? I say one step at a time. A long time from now it may be disgusting to kill and eat any living thing. In doing this is China wrong – yes. China is taking us a step back.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  109. PlainWater

    human are also type of animal, does that justify human eating human is OK because it is also a type of meat. If it is because of culture, then it is time for the culture to evolve.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Reply
  110. Tiffany

    I do not believe in the eating of cats or dogs but not only because I have/have had them as pets but also from a health point of view. When you consume another animals that eat meat you take on different issues with that meat. They are more likely to have perasites and the meat also metabolizes differently. It's just not smart. We befriended dogs to protect us and cats to get rid of vermin in our storehouses and graineries. They are useful for other things than meat and there is other meat that is much better for you to eat than theirs.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  111. Brenda

    this makes me sick. No way could i ever eat a dog or cat. this is crazy!! how can you eat something that is able to love. Cats and Dogs know how to give love and feel your pain, and be taught to protect, which means they should not be on the market to eat...this is crazy, tears tears....

    March 9, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  112. erica

    Hypocrites! I am 100% for having a ban of eating dog/cat meat. But the rest of you need to walk the walk. Meat is meat – is DOES NOT matter if its dog, cat, chicken, fish, etc. So please ditch that juicy steak on your plate and your fur coat. Do you think that other un-cute, non-pet animals suffer less? What about leather, fur, wool, circuses, etc? If you REALLY love animals,,,, then don't eat or wear ANY of them.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  113. MelC

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These animals were bred to be companions and not food. The ancient Chinese revered their dogs and pampered them – the Kings had crypts built for their dogs and now they are nothing but
    "hamburger". What happened??????

    March 9, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  114. Trish

    You have to think, China has almost double the people America does, but not nearly the room. Large cow farms are not possible. They raise dogs and cats for food, just like we raise chickens and cows. I have four cats and a dog; would I eat my pets? Of course not. But I am NOT going to judge another culture on their eating habits. They've been doing this longer than America has been a country. Everyone who disagrees with another cultures beliefs is a bigot, and thats most of the people in America.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  115. rocksnsocks

    Why is it such a big deal to eat a cat or dog? it couldnt be for the intelligence, pigs are much smarter than both. Yet it is perfectly acceptable to eat a pig. Is this because pigs have more meat per animal than a cat or dog and you can make more money off of each hog? If you have never eaten dog or cat, try it, its good. these animals are much cleaner and leaner than pigs or cows (which are actually nasty dirty creatures). Everyone should stop being such a robot and break society's programing that everything cute and cuddly should be protected to the extreme! Did you know in Hawaii cats and dogs continue to devastate endangered Hawaiian birds? Does anyone give a crap that these animals are killing off other species? support a bird, eat a cat.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  116. Aditya

    Dog and Cats are animals just like cows, pigs etc. So if we can eat cows, pigs, deer etc then eating dogs and cats is no different

    Now if you are vegetarian then it doesn't matter as in that case you should not eat

    March 9, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  117. Mr. Hsu

    I think everone has his own freedom to choice or not; but in the other side, dogs and cats also have rights to live.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  118. Pete

    What is the difference between eating dog/cat or cow/pig – the answer is no. As long as we feed / kill them in human way is ok.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  119. oregonchick

    So, it's not okay to eat cats and dogs? How is that any different then eating Cows? Chickens? Pigs? Is it because we view them as pets here in America? Killing is killing people. Do you not think the cow, knows he is going to be slaughtered? Ever see any Videos' involving their slaughter? They smell the blood, the wild panicked look in their eyes. They know! While I do not like the idea of eating dogs and cats, lets not try to condone our killing and condemn theirs.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  120. baker

    YES! BANNED!!!!! DOGS ARE HUMANS BEST FRIENDS!!! CATS ARE WONDERFUL PETS!!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  121. maria

    Of course dog and cat meat SHOULD be banned. It is cruel ,inhumane. these animals provide unconditional love, companionship. They are even therapeutic...
    It speaks of the selfish, detached, impersonal climate in our world.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  122. Sherif

    Why are white Americans always so self-righteous?

    If you don't like eating dogs and cats, then don't. Who are you to tell others what to eat and what not to eat.

    Sheesh... can't you people mind your own business for once in your life???
    You people make me sick.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  123. Tess

    Its amazing to me how many people are quick to say this is disgusting, especially "any civilized society knows that is abnormal". You're being ignorant. It's a different culture. Some societies consider cows sacred. Some cultures eat grasshoppers...I'm sure the majority of you would consider that disgusting but because they aren't cuddly you wouldn't think to ban it. I am not condoning the poor condition of the animals but why are we allowed to be notoriously cruel to chickens, cows and pigs? Dogs and cats have more rights? I find that mentality more disgusting than actually eating the animals.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  124. Tina

    This just breaks my heart.
    i know this may be something they do there. but i am very angry about this. me and my family are cat lovers and i just don't know how they can do this.
    i just cried when i watched the video and how the different ways they prepare this.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Reply
  125. Barbara

    To kill and eat man's best friend and a lovable, innocent
    animal for food when there are other options is completely
    intolerable.

    I thought they ate healthy, like vegetables and fruits.

    This aches my heart so much I can't even fathom it.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  126. patrick

    I love the way we judge other cultures with Western philosophy. How we automatically assume that it's wrong or uncivilized to eat what they eat or dress the way they do just because we portray ourselves as civilized beings.

    We are no different from the Chinese people. We slaughter cows, pigs, chicken, and many other animals for food. We domesticate them, inject growth hormones into them just so each animal can provide more meat. We pretend that we kill all of our livestock humanely, which we don't (check out Food Inc. for some facts). How is that any different from eating dogs and cats? Just because we believe dogs and cats to be our "best" friend, does not mean that everyone else in the world believe in the same thing. Indians consider cows to be sacred and we eat cows. So does that mean we are now uncivilized to the Indian people? Wake up and think before you pass judgement.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  127. Bethany

    Cats and dogs are extremely intelligent and we being intelligent beings should not be disrespecting them by killing and eating them. I'm sure in China the death is extremely barbaric and painful too! We have to draw the line somewhere as to what we will eat as intelligent human beings. They know when they are in danger as the description in the article tells how they act in the cage. This is horrible!

    March 9, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  128. oregonchick

    Well, I owned goats as pets when I was a little kid. They make wonderful faithful pets. People eat goats. My family raised our own beef and pigs too. I made friends with the pigs. They are incredibly intelligent animals. People even own mini pigs as pets, that live indoors. So, again, how can you say, it's okay to slaughter other animals, and not okay to slaughter cats and dogs? ALL living creatures have rights, it's just us human beings that seem to place no value on them, unless we can somehow profit from them.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  129. heyhey

    Haha, those cages look bigger than what chickens get here in the US...

    The close-mindedness of some individuals here just makes me chuckle...

    PS – When I was little I had a pet chick. How dare Americans eat chickens?!?!? ITS SO OMG CRUEL AND INHUMANE, THEY ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED TO CALL THEMSELVES CIVILIZED PEOPLE!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  130. Kinkytoes

    Okay, I am officially annoyed. I cannot BELIEVE that some of these Americans of a certain ancestry have the nerve to call Asian's barbaric after what they have done to other HUMANS not to mention the plant life all over the world and the cute cows, pigs and birds who live and die in terrible conditions every day so that people can have them for dinner.

    China was civilized before a lot of the world knew how to spell "civilization." I can't believe people who eat cows and pigs have the nerve to judge others. Have you met a cow or pig? They are sweet.

    Nevertheless, I think that we should treat ALL food animals with care before we kill them. Killing an animal to eat is okay to me, even if it's a dog or cat. Let's try to make sure we treat them all as well as possible during their short lives and kill them in a respectful, clean and considerate way.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  131. gonzales

    i do not think you should be able to eat dogs or cats. that is cruel and inhumane. it is wrong on so many levels.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  132. heyhey

    PPS. I feel sorry for the people whose best friends are dogs. Mine is a human.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  133. Stewart in Portland, OR

    Yes, eating dogs and cats should be banned. The way people treat animals is a gateway into how they treat people. Learning compassion for animals – especially highly developed animals like dogs and cats – can better our world situation.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  134. patrick

    hm... so people seem to think intelligence should dictate what we eat... So if it's something intelligent we should just avoid it, but if it's something dumb then we can just dig in? If this is true, then we should probably establish a food pyramid for animal intelligence so I don't eat the wrong one... just a thought. Then we can propagate this to all the other countries and say, "YOU WILL ONLY BE CIVILIZED WHEN YOU ONLY EAT THE ANIMALS ON THE BOTTOM OF THIS PYRAMID."

    March 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  135. Paul

    So eating cats and dogs is such a big deal and so wrong, but eating cows, chickens, goats, and pigs is okay?

    People are so hypocritical. An animal is an animal. Just because you find one animal more warm and cuddly than the other doesn't make it unacceptable to eat them. There's nothing wrong about it and there's nothing uncivilized about it.

    What fallacious reasoning where people equate not eating a specific animal with being civilized.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  136. imperialist suck-up

    Why should a 5,000-year-old civilization suck up to western ethics? If americans like their cats and dogs so much, then just make sure these crawling things never come to China. we've got much bigger issues such as feeding our poor (possibly with nutritional dog meat soup or cat fillets) than worrying about the "feelings" of animal-kissing american liberals. What about the tens of thousands of Chinese people western colonialists slaughtered just like animals within the past 200 years? did anyone here have a conscience to think about that?

    March 9, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  137. John

    Really disgusting. These people have no shame.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  138. Monk

    We In India treat cow as god and equivalent to Mother whose milk is used for nourishment and It is brutally killed and eaten by the western world as delicacy.Dogs are treated like slaves to emotional needs of humans.Indians are equalled hurt when we see cows being killed.Why this hypocricy?One man's meat is another man's poison.Atleast China is banning dog meat whereas the west continues to slaughter animals and bred in worst environments.Killing of all animals is not good so Please stop killing animals.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  139. tim

    several comments here on further the support the arrogance of western culture that is perceived around the globe. the notion that if our culture doesn't think it prudent then no culture can do it. what of cultures that revere the cow as holy and not to be consumed? should we then put an end to the wholesale slaughter of cattle in the US and Europe? we must learn to respect cultures that are different from our own.

    because a species can display emotion that we can readily decipher doesn't not make it more intelligent than any other. oysters are eaten alive on the half shell daily. crabs and lobsters are boiled alive daily. is this humane? how can we contemplate banning anything within another sovereign nation? can they in turn ban activities within our borders?

    March 9, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  140. LytaBunny

    First we ban (world wide) the use of cats and dogs and other animals which we have bred over centuries to be pets and companions. They are no longer in their normal environmental niches, and they rely on humans for their proper care. (Along with this is the responsibility for humans to properly care for these animals, which means spaying, neutering, euthanizing when absolutely necessary, adopting from shelters, supporting shelters...)

    Then we move through the food chain, systematically campaigning for the elimination of other meat animals from the food supply - pigs are smart, cattle are methane factories that deplete the environments where they are raised, etc. (Chickens are stupid, they can go last!! ;^) )

    The world won't turn vegetarian overnight, let alone vegan, but for sustainability and health, it's the direction we need to start to go. Baby steps. It is not hypocritical to START the process with cats and dogs.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  141. Val

    Why can't some people accept the fact that not all of the world shares the western world "values"?
    So they eat dogs and cats? It's part of their culture, it's what makes them unique. Nobody is forcing you to eat dogs and cats. So don't try to force other people not to eat what they want. Anybody trying to force you not to eat burgers?

    March 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  142. Chuck

    Here is america again trying to impose our way of life on another member of planet earth. I'm sure that there is probably something we are consuming that they, the Chinese, find disgusting.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  143. Stewart in Portland, OR

    And a reply to Mike who said "meat is meat". Ethical and emotional issues aside, meat is as good as the ingredients that go into it. Otherwise Kobe Beef would be no better than a malnourished cow.

    The point is, I doubt those dogs and cats are getting high quality diet and exercise, a requirement for health vs. a grazing animal. Probably really there because you can feed them most anything and they will eat it to survive – much more convenient than a cow or sheep. But, in the end, those animals are for sure highly stressed, probably malnourished, and not in good shape.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  144. Stacy

    Using your culture to justify eating a domesticated animal such as a cat or dog is ignorant. No one buys that anymore. It's disgusting and wrong in every sense of the word. It's a new world and we all need to change with it. I understand culture and tradition, but this just does not apply. Someone needs to educate these people, I can't even believe we're still talking about this. It's a disgrace!

    March 9, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  145. tammy

    I think people who post about it's disgusting and etc should stop being hypocritical. We eat animals that other parts of the world look down upon.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  146. TROY

    I'm Sure other cultures are upset about us eating their sacred Cows!

    March 9, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  147. Justice for ALL

    I truly believe there is a special niche carved out in hell for those who abuse animals, and my god, an even more special place for those who eat them! Damm them all to hell....and don't give me crap about culture and "sensitivity".....save your comments for someone who cares...which in essence, is no one.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  148. Kristy

    Dogs & Cats are domestic animals the point can even be made with horses. People who eat these animals are disgusting human beings. The countries who still allow this are behind the times & should make major changes in their laws to protect these animals. The changes should be happening now not take years to pass not one more day should go by where this life style is accepted!

    March 9, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  149. moonchyld59

    For much of my life I have wrestled with the conflict of eating my fellow creatures. My meat came tidy and packaged from a store, I never saw what happened to the animal while it was being raised, nor did I see that animal lose its life so I could have a steak.

    When you look at what humans have done to this world, perhaps it is coming to the time when we should begin the change from omnivores to herbivores. We cage wild animals to be pets or put them in zoos and watch them wither as people poke and stare at them. We dye chicks and fish whenever the occasion calls for bright colors. We breed various animals to become "mini" so they can be a new, flashy pet to show our friends. We ride horses to win money.

    We are no better than they who eat dogs and cats, dolphins or whales. Perhaps we all need to take a hard look at our diet and make a stand for ALL animals.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  150. Tom

    Are we still in the dark ages? STOP KILLING!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  151. Africa

    The real issue is how animals are slaughtered for human requirements and not what animals are used. What maybe considered abnormal in one society may be perfectly normal in another.
    In many parts of Africa most people survive on ‘bush meat’ from Gorillas, Chimps, Monkeys, Snakes, Lions, Zebras and Giraffes and … and the list goes on and on and on. To Africans and Chinese their actions are perfectly normal eat what you have to in order to survive. However a commonality in both these cultures is that they have very little respect for human rights and certainly nothing for animals. Their method of killing is certainly uncivilized they choose the most barbaric methods with the most outrageous reasoning.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  152. Paige

    I think China should ban the eating of cats and dogs. I think it is really gross that somebody would do that. Dogs are named mans best friend for a reason. Eating them is just not right. Cats and dogs are loyal to us. NOBODY SHOULD BE EATING THEM!!!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  153. Kat

    Absolutely horrifying and disgusting. I can't believe we are living in the year 2010 and this type of stuff is happening in the world- I can't believe how uncivilized some places are. I hope the government bans this.. and SOON! And yes the dogs and cats do know what is happening, hence their responses as karlo mentioned earlier.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  154. karen smith

    One day the world be totally Vegetarian 'cause we would have eaten every animal on earth!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Reply
  155. Louis Chiodo

    Look. The World should look at us, (America), and see what a horrible predicament we have put ourselves in with the advent of Factory Farmed Animals. It's ripe with disease and toxic waste harmful not only to us a human race but also the animals at which their expense is not only their lives but also full of suffering and inhumane cruelty.

    Wake up World. Governments see only the bottom line..>$$$$$$....it's up to us as individuals to stop the cycle. No one or no governing body is concerened with the outcome of eating these animals. Only concerned with making profits.

    Use your brains. Figure it out.

    Don't eat dogs, cats..etc...JUST DONT EAT ANIMALS!!! YOU WILL LIVE A LONGER HEALTHIER LIFE...IT IS FACT. GO RESEARCH IT YOURSELF.

    or don't.

    and stay uninformed and stupid,,,just like the big corporate food clients and the government want you to be.....Just plain ignorant.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Reply
  156. marc

    People should be allowed to eat whatever their culture allows(except for people). No culture or country should arrogantly dictate to others what to eat or not. Everyone including vegans are just as hypocritical so should keep opinions to themselves.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  157. C Million

    YES, PEOPLE should be banned from eating Dog & Cat Meat NO MATTER WHAT THE Cultural Reasons are PERIOD. Jesus DID NOT PUT CATS & DOGS ON THIS EARTH TO EAT. It's wrong & Cruel. Just the thought of Cats & Dogs being eaten really DISGUST me. Do YOU think HUMAN Meat should be eaten?? I don't . WHY?? The same reason, We weren't put here by Jesus to be eaten. PERIOD.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  158. sandy gerald

    My feelings are that no one should be eating dogs or cats. I could never, ever think of eating my pets..... I think it is so barbaric...!!! Let's stop them from killing pets and eating them....

    March 9, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  159. A point to ponder:

    "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. " ~ Ghandi

    March 9, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  160. RIKKI

    Yes, it should be banned, I always thought it was just a rumor that the chinese ate dogs and cats. Now that I know, I am no longer a lover of chinese food. How in-humane!

    March 9, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  161. David

    Everyone just needs to understand that contextually, that culture is different than others. Yes, it is difficult or even taboo if one is not from there. However, if you study a little Cultural Anthropology, you will understand that cultures are just different. America and the rest of the world have practices that are strange to the Chinese as well. Should they accept are ways and we not accept theirs?

    Some countries don't eat pigs because they think they are disgusting (they are kind of filthy, really), and some worship cows. But we sure do love beef in America. It's what's for dinner. Well, I'll exclude the vegetarians and Peta proponents.

    Nonetheless, if we did not have our perceptions or cultural beliefs about domesticated animals, we would not care. It's just that our furry friends are close to us. They are special to us because we made them so. I have a Cockapoo, and she is a very good family pet. She even sleeps in our bed. But that doesn't mean, I wouldn't try dog or cat. It may be pretty good for all I know.

    I'll make sure to send a thank you card to the supposed owners to let them know how tasty they were. LOL

    Oh yeah, I forgot. People don't really have too many pets in China. Just Westerners who dress them up, put 100,000 diamond necklaces on them, and feed them gourmet food. I guess we have become so civilized that we don't even think we are animals anymore.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  162. Donna Reynolds

    Cats and Dogs are companions to all human beings. They were not created to eat for food! China should grow crops like the rest of the countries.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  163. DEBORAH

    Absolutely, that is the most disgusting thing I have heard. Also what is disgusting to think of is that some people of China have dogs and cats as pets, and then you have some people that prefer to eat them. I think It should be banned.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  164. Kat

    marc–spare me the "people should eat whatever their culture allows" nonsense. you sound ridiculous. some cultures allowed (presently allow?) cannibalism, so if their culture says it's fine they should go for it huh? why are you so quick to state "except for people"? people are ANIMALS and are no better than these poor dogs being tortured and sluaghtered!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  165. David

    A point to ponder, you said, ""The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. " ~ Ghandi"

    I guess that excuses our poor treatment of animals in America's meat packaging companies where animals are treated much worse than the pictures of the dogs and cats I saw. I don't know if you are in the U.S., but don't forget this, we treat animals the worst in the world. And then we advertise, "A milk does a body good, and Beef, it's what's for dinner." Not because we need all that meat.

    It's so those companies can get richer and richer.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  166. Jason

    If you ban this then you should ban all meat consumption. So I do not personally want to eat dog/cat meat but I do not want to give up bacon. I do not see the difference.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  167. Cherie

    ABSOLUTELY, they should be banned from a menu!

    They should be treated well and loved daily.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  168. Amazed

    Hey David – What if you send your Cockapoo to China instead and request that they let you know how tasty it was? What...not so funny?

    March 9, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  169. jntminnie

    If we sanction their eating of dogs and cats, will they forgive part of out debt?

    March 9, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  170. Andrew

    II am not for the consumption of cats and dogs, but is it really wrong? NO, these animals where raised for food. How is eating domestically raised cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, turkeys, or any other domestically raised animals any less wrong? Only because of the emotional attachment to cats and dogs in other cultures makes it wrong? A general argument is that cats and dogs are smarter then other livestock; pigs are by far smarter than dogs but not controversy surrounds that. Any person who can think it is wrong to eat meat producing dogs and cats and can sit down and eat any other animal meat is a total hypocrite and should have a more objective way of thinking to hinder their ignorance.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  171. danielle

    this is just so WRONG. it's not like we have some cows that we keep as pets and some that we eat. cats and dogs are meant to be companion animals. i just can't believe some people throw out the "racist" card and expect people to still respect such an unrespectable habit. ew.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  172. susan

    As a non-meat eating animal lover, this makes me very sad. I've known for some time that this has been going on and each time I hear about it, it makes me sick. I'm sorry, but countries who eat cats and dogs, as well as all other animals including whales and dolphyns are nothing but a pack of savages. Why don't they start eating one another. I mean, meat is meat, right? Perhaps if they start eating their own babies, especially baby girls, they can keep their population down.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  173. Andrea

    You might as well put Kibbles n' Bits on the menu as well. The animals do not eat our flesh so why are we eating them.... That is disgusting!

    March 9, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  174. Shamrock

    Eating dogs and cats is barbaric! Perhaps eating any livestock is barbaric also.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  175. Jason

    No, let people eat WTF they want. Do the chinese come here and protest that we eat cows? ducks? chickens? We have our own issues to deal with here, before we start casting stones at others for having a different culture.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  176. janeen

    yes they should ban eating them .no this animels should not be eaten by us...pk well if there isnt anything else to eat and theres world hunger then ok i would understand but freaken putting it on a menu like a steak ....uh no!!!animel cruelty i dont want sombody eating my chewawa...poor animels and the cruelty they have to suffer...no thank you....sp yes ban eating cats and dogs..........

    March 9, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  177. Lavenia E

    I think I just felt yesterday's lunch coming up! OMG this is really not good, one of the dogs i seen in the cage is a dog I have at home name Macy and I love her so much I feel sad reading this.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  178. Jeanette

    The truth is that we cannot say that some animals shouldn't be eaten while it is acceptable to eat others. We are placing our own values on these animals, while they all have their own inherent value. Why is it OK to eat a pig but not a dog? They are both intelligent and capable of feeling pain and suffering. It is hypocritical to eat some and condemn the eating of others. So if you think it's wrong to eat cats and dogs, it should be wrong to eat all animals. We should rethink our own treatment of animals in the US.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  179. Casandra

    I think its disgusting and the people who eat it should be ashamed

    March 9, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  180. Rob

    Can you see our future when our drive thru orders will be – I'll take the #1 value meal,quarter pounder Calico w/cheese and a #2 double pitbull w/cheese no onions.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  181. PETA

    I have a natural repulsion to people eating dogs and cats, but that's a learned function developed in our society. I have yet to see one LOGICAL argument against the practice. Pigs make at least as good pets as dogs and cats, yet I ate some for breakfast?
    Unless you are against eating meat entirely, I do not see how you can make a valid argument here.
    As far as "humane" conditions? Really, this is China, we expect no less from these losers.
    I actually did try dog once in the Phillipines, but I have never eaten kitty, well, not persay!

    PETA – People Eating Tasty Animals

    March 9, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  182. mk

    they taste good – you should try it before you make comments about banning these tastey treats.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  183. Mia

    Be Civilized !!!!! BAN eating dogs and cats forever !!!!!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  184. Monica

    Eating cats and dogs is wrong and anyone saying its not did not read into the article. First, they are domesticated, companion animals not meant to eat. Second, if you read the whole article, the restaurant owner admitted that some of the animals could be lost or stolen. So you think its ok to lose your pet and have it end up on someone's plate? So you think its ok to have some criminal steal your dog because it's a delicacy to profit from? Third, obviously they are not being treated humanely if they are bleeding from the mouth. And if you ever saw pictures of the way they kill these animals you would see it is NOT humane. No, to killing cats and dogs for food!

    March 9, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  185. J

    I feel eating cats and dogs are ok. In South American I believe many people have eaten Guineau Pigs for thousands of years.
    Hindus revere Cows as sacred beings yet who can deny a dry aged prime rib eye. Look at the scriptures on Pork and other animals in the Bible and the Koran yet we love their Baby Back Ribs. David they are not filthy, actually they are very clean animals and extremely intelligent.
    Obviously what is acceptable is based on cultural upbringing or personal views on consuming meat, etc.
    What I do find cruel and inhumane is how these animals are treated before slaughter. If they are actually pets stolen from their owners. Or if they are placed in such crowded dank dark, and dirty feedlots, growth houses, and birth pens, and more. Such is the ways that chickens, pigs and cows are treated in America. That is what I disagree on and it is very disturbing to see that go on.
    Yeah people can say ban a specific type of meat from an animal we happen to view as pets. But I think people should wake up and see that its more about the ethical treatment of animals than the animal which we eat. And America is one of the biggest violators of treating animals ethically and humanely for our every day consumption.

    Kat when you say cannibalism. I think that is a no brainer. If you eat purdue chicken or any american beef they are just as slaughtered and tortured as those dogs and cats in those deplorable pens in China. So cultures should be allowed to eat what they've grown up eating. Not saying cultures can't change and they can develop new perspectives. As with how China is reviewing policies that might be a step in that direction. But I think deep down its only to be more "westernized" As they only took out dog and cats off the menu to make it more comfortable for foreignors. Might work for some might not

    March 9, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  186. A point to ponder:

    David – where in the quote from Ghandi did you see the word "America"?

    The phrase “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress..." refers to as an ongoing process.

    To my knowledge, no one nation has achieved greatness as a destination, but rather continues it as a process where the treatment of both man and animals improve.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  187. Against Eating Dogs and Cats

    The comments pro-eating dogs and cats are very unsettling. Dogs and cats, like humans, have the ability to feel emotion and fear. These animals should not be kept in inhumane conditions while alive and suffer inhumane deaths for purposes of a tofu platter. This is unsettling and I urge Chinese officials to make their slaughter illegal.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  188. HugzArbiter

    I just think it's the Taboo part of eating domesticated animals that repulses people. Honestly though? They are born, raised and slaughtered for meat there in China...not pets. That's like saying the cows we keep are our pets because they're domesticated. Pigs are one of the most intelligent animals...yet we slaughter millions a day...for bacon. (yum..bacon).

    I believe in respecting the animals we gather meat from. Their lives are nourishing our bodies. Put it in that perspective. Not everyone in China has the means to go buy beef or lamb. They can only afford dog or cat.

    I have chickens that are my pets...but you can bet your bottom dollar that if I was starving, their heads would be rolling. Same goes for my domesticated animals. If it came down to me having a lap dog, or my children having food for a day...well, we know what *logical* choice would be made.

    Just my opinion though.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  189. Susiana

    This should be prohibited. There are so many other food items that the body can benefit out of. Even if we get to a point where the only food source is cats and dogs.. I'd rather starve to death! This is cruel! They are smart animals that you can train to do things! Help the helpless and perform tricks!! These innocent animals should NOT BE EATEN!!

    March 9, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  190. Karoly Sailer,Budapest,Hungary

    Eating cat and dog meat is barbaric!

    March 9, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  191. Franxisquicho

    As for cats and dogs...and rattlesnakes for that matter...there was a mini-scandal some years ago in the Phoenix, Arizona area where a Thair restaurant got caught serving up cats and dogs. The local police responded to neighbor complaints about the smells coming out of a garbage bin. It was discovered that there was nothing illegal about any of this except that the dog and cat meats had not been USDA inspected as required by Federal law. The restaurant is still in business. Meanwhile, restaurants can easily be found that serve up USDA stamped rattlesnake meat as appetizers. There's even one place near the Grand Canyon that serves rattlers.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  192. A Whiteman

    Please help these innocent animals how can anyone even comtiplate eating a cat or dog??
    Let alone the suffering the poor animals go through before living in awful conditions
    China please stop this !!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Reply
  193. HugzArbiter

    Eating cows, sheep, goat, calves, lamb, chickens, etc. is barbaric. Watch a video on American slaughterhouses.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  194. Sofia

    It must be stopped immediately!. We should not just stand o watch our beloved best friends eaten up. Everyone needs help we all must pull together to o save our beloved best friends! we must think ourselves into the animals' situation, how they have it just as if it were our own !!!!!
    God bless everyone to help to help the animals

    March 9, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  195. Vo Mong

    Who are we to judge what one culture can or cannot eat? Cats and dogs have been eaten for centuries in Asia, just like chickens and cows are eaten over here.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  196. Margaret Sweeny

    This is a no brainer,i think its wrong to eat cats& dogs,they are companions,pets,animals that give interaction to humans,give love,devotion,need i go on.PLEASE STOP EATING THEM!!!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Reply
  197. Sofia

    This makes me so sick it's pretty intelligent animals that are eaten up our animals. Innocent animals who can not even defend themselves, this is so sick. It must be stopped immediately!. We should not just stand o watch our beloved best friends eaten up. Everyone needs help we all must pull together to o save our beloved best friends! we must think ourselves into the situation of animals how they have it just as if it were our own !!!!!
    God bless everyone to help to help the animals

    March 9, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Reply
  198. Gail

    I believe it is terribly wrong to keep cats and dogs in cages and use them for food! Dogs and cats have been loyal companions to humans for eons now, and they are smart enough to be tortured by being kept in cages all the time; they are also smart enough to sense what they are being kept for, and to live in constant fear of their own slaughter.

    To those that say that we westerners have no right to impose our cultural preferences on other cultures, I say that this falls right in line after our refusal to accept genocide, our ongoing crusade for the rights of women and children around the world, and our worldwide conservation efforts. I believe it is the right and duty of every thinking human being to speak out against behavior that is found to be offensive and cruel. We should also speak out against the cruelty often shown to any animal used as food – all animals raised for human food consumption should be treated with kindness and respect while they are alive, and their death should be made as quick and painless as possible. Cutting into any animal (even a fish!) while it is alive is cruel beyond belief; when such a thing is done to humans, it is called vivisection and is outlawed anywhere that the rule of law is followed to any extent!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  199. patrick

    Monica – the 3 points that you have listed are very hypocryptical
    "First, they (dog) are domesticated, companion animals not meant to eat."
    – they are domesticated here in the US and treated as pets. Over in China, they are farmed like cows are here. No one here can keep you from keeping a calf as a pet, never to be eaten, but you have the choice of eating beef. Can you tell me that you never had beef?
    "Second, if you read the whole article, the restaurant owner admitted that some of the animals could be lost or stolen."
    – so if i was to keep a chick as a pet, and someone stole it and served it in a restaurant. Does that make Americans repulsive because they eat what I perceive as a pet?
    "Third, obviously they are not being treated humanely if they are bleeding from the mouth. And if you ever saw pictures of the way they kill these animals you would see it is NOT humane."
    – so you know for a fact that they are not treated humanely? And you also know for a fact that we treat ALL of our food humanely? As for this last accusation, you have evidence that these dogs are killed inhumanely right?

    March 9, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  200. Alex

    Eating Dogs and meat is only offends westerners, but is common in china, we should allow the practice to continue. Europeans colonists considered nearly all meat edible, including bear, and horse.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Reply
  201. Jennifer S

    Anyone who feels that eating cats and dogs is wrong, yet doesn't think twice about stuffing their face with a hamburger or chicken sandwich, is a hypocrite. Secondly, the posts here referring to "humane slaughter" are laughable. Does anyone really think there is anyting humane about rounding up a living, breathing sentient being and ending its life?

    March 9, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  202. Luis

    If dog and cat meat was to be banned on China, a country that is used to easting it then the US should ban eating say... rabbits? Don't be silly people, stop being so hypocrite if you're not vegetarian. Dogs and cats don't have a spiritual connection if you are tying to imply that they are any different from any other animal you eat.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  203. LoVegan

    NO! Animals are not food, dogs or cats or cows or lambs there is NO difference! Animals are not meant for us, only a troglodyte can eat them since we can choose, we don't live anymore in caverns! Evolve people!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  204. Jay

    I see nothing wrong with eating dogs and cats.
    Please don't impose your views on me. Can you force everyone in the world to become a Vegan? What's next? Compelling tigers and lions to survive on carrots?

    March 9, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  205. Angela Ara

    No cats and dogs should not be used as meat, just the same as pigs, lambs, cows and any other living being. These animals are not ours to eat, they are at our mercy and we should therefore protect them!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  206. Nicole Sanchez in class 701

    that is just wrong i hate how people can just eat what ever he wants!!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  207. Confusion

    I am really confused by this story. I don't see how you can make the argument for banning cat/dog meat while having no problem with chicken/cow meat. The argument seems to be that cats and dogs should not be eaten because in western cultures, these animals are more commonly kept as pets than cows and chickens. Do people who eat cows consider themselves "uncivilized" because a fairly substantial population considers them holy? If not, how can they consider those who eat cats and dogs uncivilized because cats and dogs are friendly? Sigh.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  208. Nancy

    Absolutely, this is morally bankrupt behavior. Plus it doesn't even have a nutritionally viable argument. It has been established over and over that eating meat is actually BAD FOR U. Goodness how much data do we need before we wake up and change our habits.

    On top of everything, these animals display a behavior that CLEARLY indicate that they are conscious of the behavior they are experiencing. What kind of heartless individual could just belly up to the table and say YUM YUM after seeing that.

    Digusted!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  209. carmen

    This is my comment: NO! Animals are not food, dogs or cats or cows or lambs there is NO difference! Animals are not meant for us, only a troglodyte can eat them since we can choose, we don't live anymore in caverns! Evolve people!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  210. roberta

    Chinese people will eat everything in hole planet, it is discusting. Stop eating dogs and cats. Stop eating meat!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  211. Renee Rose

    If you're going to ban the consumption of dogs and cats, you might as well ban the consumption of all meat. How can one classify eating cows/chickens as civilized but dogs/cats as uncivilized? It has the remnants of the old Colonial practice of rendering other civilizations as inferior based upon their cultural practices. It would be different if they were torturing the animals or butchering them in an unsanitary fashion. I don't want the government telling me what I can and cannot eat, therefore I do not agree with any type of food ban unless it is proven to be hazardous. The United States pumps chemicals and artificial preservatives into its mass-produced food items... risking the health of the American public because it's cheaper, is that civilized?

    March 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Reply
  212. Maria Cecilia Nuñez

    Yes, I think that cat and dog meats should be banned... "Meat is murder", it doesn't matter which kind of meat we're talking about. Killing animals is WRONG!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  213. Kimberly Yurevich

    yes, it should be banned! This is a very barbaric practice and dogs should be treated better! They are companions as well as cats are! BAN it forever! It is so cruel and inhumane how they skin and roast them, so horrible! Get with the 21st century China!!! Animals feel pain just as much as people do, so please ban this cruel practice!!!!!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  214. PhillyGirl

    It's a culturally biased. In American and European cultures it is completely unacceptable. However, in China it's about as normal as chicken or pork or beef here. It's all about where one lives and what one is accustomed to. As far as morality of it goes – I don't see how it is less moral than eating pork (hey, some people keep pigs as pets) or anything else (Mary had a little lamb, anyone?)

    Since China is joining global economic community and is trying to fit in, I think it's a good idea to ban eating dogs and cats, though I find violation of human rights and child labor in China to be a lot more appalling than cat fried rice.

    As to whether it's sick... yes, it totally is to me as a Westerner, but as a sane human being I find that humanizing and infantilizing pets is also unhealthy.

    One point many of us seem to forget is that we are talking basically about an empoverished Third-World country, and in many places people are really struggling and eat basically whatever they can get hold of. I know it's hard to imagine, but now think what you would do if your children or elderly parents were starving, and that was your only option... Just a thought.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  215. Akanksha

    So if it is that we should respect the fact that it's a part of the chinese culture, then why is legislation to ban the meat being considered by the Chinese government? Obviously they recognise that dog & cat meat isn't the only food option. Also, if it were a case of poverty, restaurants wouldn't be making big yuans out of the popularity of the meat. Ban it!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Reply
  216. Lisa

    Why should we be surprised?? If they don't treat their people in a humane way, why would they treat their animals humanely??

    March 9, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Reply
  217. Natan

    What about cows, and horses???

    March 9, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Reply
  218. Luke

    Eating meat for pleasure or profit is evil. Even eating human meat can be condoned under certain circumstances, as in the movie Alive. However, few morally evolved people would argue for raising humans for meat. The lines between species are not sharp, but gradual. Those who have no problem promoting suffering for profit or tradition are the inferior beings rather than the animals they victimize and the society they degrade. If an animal died a horrible death and lived a horrible life so you could eat what tastes good to you, then you have done a sad and wicked thing.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  219. Barbara

    I don't understand those who find this so disturbing. What is the difference between eating cat, dog, chicken, cow or pig meat?? The anwer is none!! They all have the capacity to feel pain and suffer.... they are all sentient beings... just like us 'humans'. We in the West have been conditioned to see dogs and cats only as companion animals... whereas cows, pigs and chickens are perceived only as food. We live in a society where only cats and dogs are really considered 'acceptable' animal companions, but what about farm animals?? They also can make great pets... if only given the chance. By the way, I don't eat meat or wear leather. I believe in compassion for all animals!!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Reply
  220. Jay

    Are neutering and spaying your best friend humane? Just asking.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  221. dionisio

    i got to say, i really love eating cat and dog. the food is really good.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Reply
  222. Elizabeth Spicer

    No words can describe how sad this is! These people that do this aren't even human! I think we should start selling Chinese meat....aka...let's start auctioning off the chinese for us to kill and sell there disgusting meat!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Reply
  223. sarah

    the dogs and cats seem to know what will happen to them, and they are kept in small cages to be eaten. this is very inhumane and wrong. these animals were bred to be pets, not something that is to be eaten. i would never do something so horrible.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Reply
  224. Denise

    I AM OUTRAGED- that video is extremely sad to see those animals striving for affection from those SAVAGES- Those people are sick and have no heart- THEY ARE PETS MORONS- NOT FOOD- So all you people out there that think this is ok – Human are meat too should we say ok to cannibalism as well??? IDIOTS!!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  225. pm

    What I find ridiculous and most disturbing are those who think they are culturally sensitive and open minded because they "don't judge" the Chinese for eating cates and dogs.

    If people took the pompous and safe road to appear "above judging others" we would have many more atrocities without anyone taking a stand . Grow a spine people- and try stretching those little pea brains to see that the way you treat animals and the way you view the world is an indication of your intelligence and conscience.

    Eating any animal is neanderthal behavior and the more intelligent the animal the more repulsive. So it follows that many people on this website should be fair game for the table....

    March 9, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  226. Jose A. Mari-Mutt

    Americans don't eat cats, dogs or horses. Canadians eat horses. Koreans eat dogs. Hindus don't eat cattle... who am I to say who is right or wrong?

    March 9, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  227. anneveggie

    It's wrong to kill any animal to eat it!!
    This is just barbaric cruelty, it sickens me!!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  228. john

    As a animal control officer at our shelter we euthanise over 700 dogs a year and 800 cats maybe eating them would be better than killing thousands of them for nouthing

    March 9, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  229. Christine Williams

    I'm a vegetarian & don't agree with any animal being used as food but the situation in China where you see cats & dogs being caught, dragged & put in cages on top of one another is heartbreaking. Then to see them being skinned alive .... the people doing this are barbarians. This has got to stop !!!! I don't think the cultural issue makes any difference .. it's sick !!!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Reply
  230. Don

    The Lewis & Clark expedition ate dogs during their journey across America. As for myself... no thanks..! Well... maybe in a life or death survival type situation.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Reply
  231. Maria Giovanna De Franco

    In my opinionn not only it is immoral to eat dog and cat meat, but it is also absurd because of the way this animals are slaughter, kept alive in dirty cage and killed in the most cruel ways.
    The all western world is disgusted from this nonsense asian tradition.
    Life evolves, today they are many ways alternative from eating meat and actually to stop eating meat it is better for your health and for the environment.
    I think China must stop also with the heinous trade of dog and cat fur, and if they dont want stop, the western world must boycott all products made in China.
    I personally believe that China must be ashamed for this business and if they want make business with the western world they must behave in a most civil way.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  232. chris

    I can see the relativists are out in force here, justifying almost anything on the basis of "what is wrong for you, maybe right for me". Combine this with Darwinism and the dangerous philosophies of people like Peter Singer and you can see the train wreck we are headed for.

    "Culture" is nonsense, just a way of justifying any number of human evils, and truth is part of goodness. There is only one right culture, God's. There is also only one truth, Jesus Christ, through whom everything was created. It is obvious that he intended certain animals to be special, loyal companions to mankind. That's why I would never dream of eating such an animal. For those of you who think you are descended from apes, how can you eat your own brothers and sisters?

    March 9, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Reply
  233. mike

    For those of you who thinks its alright to eat dogs and cats,go back to your homeland and eat up,we dont need a-holes like you in our country !!

    March 9, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  234. Nee

    Definitely ban it. And some peoples comments here....amazes me that adults act like immature children.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  235. Mike

    I love dogs/cats as much as any other domestic pet lover, but the only reason why we think it's bad here is because we have them as pets. In other countries, people have snakes, cows, pigs, chickens as pets. They're probably as disgusted with us as we are them. Food is food. Meat is meat. An animal is an animal. In the beginning, God put all animals here for one purpose, for food. Yes, a cat or dog is cute. In other countries, people think a cow/chicken is just as adorable. But yet we slaugher thousands every day here.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  236. Jo Bloh

    The conditions their kept in not withstanding, why? They are a an animal, I eat cow, so why shouldn't they eat dog, etc.

    I mean do we make decisions on just cause there warm and fuzzy?

    March 9, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Reply
  237. Alicia Armstrong

    "Cultural reasons" are a load of rubbish all historic barbaric practices were part of their culture until they were banned.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Reply
  238. Amanda

    This practice should be banned. No doubt. Although I am a vegetarian, eating dog and cat is hideous for anyone. Not only that but, there are no restrictions on how they are killed. In the US when people eat meat, they believe that the animal is killed immediately without being played with and tortured. While this is questionable, for arguments sake, that is how it should play out. In China, they believe that the more the animal is tortured, the better tasting the meat. So, dogs are pulled apart: pulled at both end with one holding one leg and another holding another leg just pulling and pulling with the dog screaming in pain. Dogs are beaten to death because they believe that it tenderizes the meat. It is a slow painful death for these animals. And it is done that way on purpose. Cats are boiled alive to make cat stew. So while, some may say, well we eat cows, chickens, etc here, there is a big difference in the practices of how they are killed. Don't get me wrong, as a vegetarian, I do believe that the regulations on killing the animals in the US are not followed, we at least have them while in China, it is purely about torture.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:00 am | Reply
  239. Marta

    Yes of course it should be banned. And as a Third World country.... that´s not an excuse – I know many 3rd world countries where you don´t eat ´pets´- poor or not!

    March 10, 2010 at 12:00 am | Reply
  240. breeda Wool

    I think this question is absurd!

    The treatment and life of pigs, cows, chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, and a variety of different animals in the United States is so cruel and truly terrifying that it is difficult to even imagine anything existing in such conditions. How is it that we can empathize so deeply with the dog and not extend that empathy to other creatures?

    Are we saying "oh how I wish that dog meat was a pig"
    Do you hate the pig? Does its existence have less value for you?

    March 10, 2010 at 12:01 am | Reply
  241. Edgar

    It's funny because in the Asian media, the cruel and inhumane way cows are treated in the USA has made Asian consumers not want to consume American beef... How much of this kind of journalism is nationally-biased? Something to think about...

    March 10, 2010 at 12:04 am | Reply
  242. Animpa

    Yes Indeed. Think of those for cats and dogs about to be eaten! That is just sad.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:07 am | Reply
  243. Dave

    They eat horse in Europe, dogs, cats, snakes in Asia. If you ban dogs and cats you need to ban pigs, cows, goats!!

    Here goes the Western civilizations dictating to a culture that has been around a lot longer than ours. They were here first, who are we to complain?? Plus why is it any of our business anymore than it is their business to look into our slaughter houses.................reminds me of a saying about people in glass houses and throwing stones!!!

    March 10, 2010 at 12:19 am | Reply
  244. Kacey

    STARVING??! If you can't feed them, DON'T BREED THEM!!! Anyone who has kids and can't afford food, should get their sexual organs REMOVED!

    March 10, 2010 at 12:32 am | Reply
  245. DIETER BENDER

    Oh you hypocrates. you eat cow, pig and other animals. Just because theu are not as CUTE? if you don't like it don't eat it. in this countries where they eat dog, no dog shit is on the street or the beach, no noicy dog is barking all night. So let people eat what they want, some may even have nothing else. The only thing i don't like on this, is the way they kill the dogs. they beat them to dead in order to have the meat more tender, and this is cruel.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:39 am | Reply
  246. Les

    Chinese civilization and culture are the most advanced ones that have graced this planet. Study your history. Every culture has its own ideas on what is edible. Jews think eating shellfish or scaleless fish is disgusting.They also share a disgust for pork with the Muslims. Goats and camels are eaten in Arabic and Jewish lands. Spanish people eat goats. Europeans don't eat dogs or cats. Until recently, the French ate rats. US culture has a list of no-no foods such as whales, horses, goats, dogs and cats. Vegetarians, unnaturally, abhor meat while ignoring the screams of the lettuce and carrots they rip alive from the ground. Rattlesnake, bear,woodchucks, rabbits (Yummmmm!), squirrels, deer........ The list goes on. Eating is natural for man. He is omnivorous and does (and will) eat anything that is edible. This is not an ethical, cultural, 'advanced evolution', or moral issue. To dismiss a food source because of some personal affectation is to slap God/dess in the face.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:43 am | Reply
  247. Deborah Porrazzo

    There is something inherently wrong with eating animals that have been domesticated and are companion animals. I implore the UN to please ban and sanction countries who practice this horrible thing.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:49 am | Reply
  248. CLO

    These damn piece of shit Chinese people should go to hell!! How can they do that to PETS!! If people are hungry...go eat a lettuce, or a potato....NOT A CAT OR A DOG!! I have a cat and 2 dogs and to even imagine something like this is scary!

    March 10, 2010 at 12:51 am | Reply
  249. yit

    If muslim world reached US's status one day,professor Chang Jiwen probably will advocate a ban on eating PORK would show China has reached another new level of civilization.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:59 am | Reply
  250. bob

    so here in the u.s.a people are absolutely not allowed to abuse or hurt dogs or cats in anyway, yet in other countries they are serving them up for dinner every night? something is not right....?

    March 10, 2010 at 12:59 am | Reply
  251. Luis Pino

    I found the patronizing and culturally biased tone of your story on dog and cat meat most disturbing.

    The day the world adheres to "western" standards to decide what is acceptable and what isn't to put on our plate will be a sad one indeed for mankind's cultural heritage, not to mention its health. Is eating hamburgers worldover an improvement on this situation?

    Shouldn't we be asking if a particular food habit is healthy and sustainable instead?

    Seal hunt, for example, meets both criteria but hypocritical comentators will critizice based on... the animal is cute? What is not to like about a baby deer, calf or a lamb?

    March 10, 2010 at 12:59 am | Reply
  252. John

    HOW DISGUSTING AND CRUEL AND EVIL – IT SHOULD BE BANNED!!! THEY ARE COMMUNIST – NO SOLE OR HEART WHAT DO YOU EXPECT, NEXT IT WILL BE HUMANS FOR LUNCH!!!

    March 10, 2010 at 1:01 am | Reply
  253. Deborah

    Absolutely. Ban it!

    March 10, 2010 at 1:02 am | Reply
  254. fanny

    of course not!!!! It is soooo gross!!!!

    March 10, 2010 at 1:04 am | Reply
  255. Liz

    This is just disgusting. Those poor animals. I avoid buying anything made in China as much as I can. The country is terrible to people and to animals. I hope they ban this barbaric practice. I wish people would just stop eat animals period. Western countries aren't much better with the way they treat cattle and chickens. It needs to stop

    March 10, 2010 at 1:07 am | Reply
  256. Uttiya

    Why is it abnormal to eat cats and dogs and not cows and pigs and chicken? Different societies have developed different practices based on various historical issues - for example muslims don't eat pig (presumably because of parasite issues) hindus don't eat beef (because of sacredness towards an animal whose milk nourishes children) and yet some other hindus and buddhists don't eat meat at all. If the hindus from india suddenly began claiming that eating beef is unnatural for humans, would you agree? If muslims began claming that eating pork is unnatural, would you agree? Please look closely whether what you are saying makes any sense whatsoever or whether you are being prejudiced. Either claim that eating meat is unethical altogether, or don't blame the cat and dog eaters.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:08 am | Reply
  257. kyphi

    Most people have no direct contact with the animals that provide meat for them. Cat and dog are traditional food for some people. I'm no one to judge.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:18 am | Reply
  258. Common Man

    No, it should not be banned. Animal is an animal. If you want to ban eating cats and dogs, you better be a vegetarian. Just because you domesticated some animals as pets doesn't make them superior over other animals.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:25 am | Reply
  259. Tired of ignorance

    It is so funny how we in the western world are so quick to judge others on their dietary habits saying we are more evolved or civilized just because we don't eat that animal or we eat this one over another. And when did it become more moral to be a vegetarian vs an omnivore. whose set of morals are we following. I have seen cows be just as friendly as dogs. I have had pet chickens learn to come and sit. the fact of the matter is that we are a part of a food chain. everything is part of the food chain. I pose this question how moral is it for us to judge others on what they eat,isn't a personal choice. Shouldn't we let people chose their own dietary morality. Secondly most of rural china is incredibly poor. Its so easy for people to say why don't they get a cow or goat..... This just show our ignorance. Such animals require pasture land and many do not have access to such or the funds for such an animal. Its easy for us with warm full bellies to tell others what to eat. I have been to china. Even in Cities there are those whom don't have electric or running water. They heat their homes and cook on coal. A good portion of those in the country don't have electric.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:28 am | Reply
  260. Ana Peña

    Dogs and cats are pets not food!!!! this practice should be banned as soon as possible!! it's sick and disgusting!

    March 10, 2010 at 1:32 am | Reply
  261. London

    NO way no one should if i were president i would so ugh do something about that!

    March 10, 2010 at 1:35 am | Reply
  262. amanda

    I believe one of the main concerns is that one of these dogs at the "meat market" could potentially be someone's pet. What happens if the pet runs out and gets lost? Is is right that one of their stops in looking for their beloved friend is at the market or a restaurant menu? I also have a problem with them eating dogs and cats because they are so trusting. These animals were domesticated to aid us as companions, protection, or hunting. Dogs and cats have gone to hospital wards and retirement homes to help people. They have been seeing eye dogs and service dogs. These animals help us. Why can't we do the same for them? As for other animals when was the last time you had a lamb sleep at the foot of your bed? Or take a cow to the park? Or have a chicken greet you at the door?

    March 10, 2010 at 1:41 am | Reply
  263. bohem

    even though i love cats and dogs and had them as pet, i dont see any necessity to ban some people from eating their food. its their own culture. we eat cows and pigs and others. and they are smart and precious as cats and dogs. so why do we have the right to ban somebody else's food? too selfish. nobody's "civilized" enough.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:43 am | Reply
  264. cassie

    Dog and cat meat should be against the law, and I hate that people eat them. There is so much you can say about how much you hate it but thats all im saying. I am really against it and it makes me sick. I hope this does go through and make it against the law to eat dogs and cats. Hopefully some day every where in the world won't eat dogs and cats.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:52 am | Reply
  265. Laura

    Just sickening..........................I guess the next thing on the menu will be the particular country's disabled children or homeless people. A ban on this is LONG overdue!

    March 10, 2010 at 1:53 am | Reply
  266. MJ

    GET A GRIP!! Why are you all complaining about their food choices? I suppose the Chinese have a site like this dedicated to explaining all of the horrors of fast-food chains and the fat-inducing heart-stopping hamburger and french fries meal of the average American. Have you ever checked into the health benefits of dog meat? You would be surprised what it can do for you.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:56 am | Reply
  267. erin

    If you're against eating cats and dogs, then you should be against eating ALL animals. Clearly not all of you who are against it are strict vegetarians. Just because YOUR society sees cats and dogs as companians and not food doesn't mean everybody else has to see it your way. We eat beef in the Western world, which is considered horrible to Indians, yet no Indians are trying to bring down the beef industry in America are they? It's racial superiority at its finest, Westerners think they have the right to control all other countries and consider everyone else less civilized than them. Way to go.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:56 am | Reply
  268. MarMar

    Disgusting!!!! Because of this newss article, i have personally will never go to any country that eats DOGS and CATS!!!! I will also try and convince others to do so as well.
    I will also try to avoid purchasing items from countries that have such foul practices. Dogs and Cats ate not like other animals they have personality.

    They need to evolve.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:59 am | Reply
  269. Bessie

    What is the difference between a dog and a pig? The pig is smarter and more sensitive.

    The difference between eating domesticated animals and farm animals is in our mind. If we were a truly progressive civilization, we'd place a ban on eating ANY type of meat. Assuming artificial differences between different animals is simply hypocritical. Eating meat is a culinary preference, NOT a necessity. It's bad for the environment, our health, and the animals we eat.

    To reach the next level of civilization, we must give up eating meat. Period. Killing animals for their flesh is simply barbaric. Let's get progressive, and step out of the dark ages!

    March 10, 2010 at 2:05 am | Reply
  270. Oracularman

    Disgusting...A country is, and its people are indeed known by the way its animals are treated.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:10 am | Reply
  271. Random Person

    What i have to say to a lot of people here is that you should be ashamed of yourselves! Unless you are a vegetarian, we all eat meat here in the US right? So why is it so humane to eat a cow when eating dogs is repulsive? Cows are considered sacred in India. So think of them looking at us eating cows. What do they think? So stop being a bunch of selfish hypocrites and shape yourselves up before trying to change other people!! I'm not saying eating dogs is good. I am just as against it. But get rid of your own faults before pointing at other people!!!

    "When you point at someone else, you always have three fingers pointing right back at yourself"

    PS. Roberta, if you read this comment, I am very offended by your comment about chinese people eating everything. I happen to be chinese, and what you said is just about the most racist thing i have ever heard.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:22 am | Reply
  272. dstevens

    Yes, it should be banned. Dogs and cats have always had a special bond with man. It seems to me that the Chinese are know for eating just about anything that moves!

    March 10, 2010 at 2:22 am | Reply
  273. Ford Eals

    Ridiculous! Why should China ban cats and dogs? Should America ban pigs and cows because Muslims and Hindus feel it's uncivilized? Common, it's not our place (and it is unAmerican) to tell somebody what to eat and what not to in their country.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:32 am | Reply
  274. Emma

    Seriously people!!! why is it that it is alright to eat cows, pigs, chickens, and etc., but it is wrong to eat dogs and cats? The claim that dogs and cats are domesticated...what about the other animals mentioned above? Stop being so hypocritical. Hypocrites make me sick. Only the vegans have the right to say eating animals is cruel.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:33 am | Reply
  275. jayon anderson

    who cares its food to some other people in this world!! its just an animal. and it is a different country where it is their food, my wife is from a country close to there and she said that she ate a dog before its their custom so iguess as americans and seeing how its against our culture we should go over there and tell them what they can eat. god forbid for them to come over here and for them to tell us what we can and what we cannot eat god for bid for that to happen we would throw a fit, so i say who cares and let them eat what they have been eating for how long now my bad centuries!!!! so i say if you don't want to eat dog or cat order a different thing from the menu if you go to a country that eats dogs and cats. which god put on earth for us to eat or have a pet except for this time dogs and cats are on the menu!!! so once again its only a damn dog and cat!! get over it AMERICA.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:33 am | Reply
  276. Casey Burns

    Protein is protein. We've probably been eating dogs as a species for several thousands of years. Why stop now?

    I see little difference between eating a dog, cat, pig, cow, sheep or octopus. All have some degree of intelligence. Most taste excellent barbecued.

    Few here are commenting on the thousands of dogs and cats that go off to animal shelters to die and then be discarded in landfills every year. Perhaps we could export euthanized pets to fulfill the demand.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:36 am | Reply
  277. Deborah

    No animals should be food for human beings. It is simple.
    "Our task must be to free ourselves...by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." —Albert Einstein
    "Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." —Albert Einstein

    March 10, 2010 at 2:47 am | Reply
  278. scope213

    Korea?!?! I've been to all the major cities in South Korea and never have I come across a place that sells dog or cat meat. Please do not put Korea in the same pool as China. Every country in the world including the U.S. have parts where people eat "weird" food. But in China it's the norm...and I'm not joking.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:57 am | Reply
  279. Emma

    Follow up with my previous comment...

    I am not a vegan. I eat meat. The thought of eating dogs and cats is not too appetizing as well as the thought of eating cow meat, I mean beef, makes me ill or any beef products. And YES, I am a Westerner..an American to be exact.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:58 am | Reply
  280. scope213

    Okay all these vegans trying to make an argument about eating meat is ridiculous. YES, there is a difference eating a cow versus a dog. We eat meat...I'm sorry have you noticed your canine teeth in your mouth? It's there not to tear up lettuces or leaves...it's for meat lol. If you like salads good if you like meat wonderful. Also, a dog has had a long tradition with humans as companions...all the way back to the caveman days when we were out and about hunting and gathering,etc. So yea eating dogs is wrong in my opinion. Eating cows and chickens...YUMMMY!!!!!

    March 10, 2010 at 3:03 am | Reply
  281. djga67

    So what then, let everyone starve?
    Sorry but I bet you a buck if you were starving you would eat that little kitten or puppy and ask for seconds.

    Get over yourselves PITA, its meat.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:08 am | Reply
  282. Meat Eater

    There is no sound reason to say it is uncivilized to eat cats and dogs.
    It is cultural arrogance to say that a culture that eats pigs which are more intelligent than dog or cows is more civilized. Hindus for example do not share the thought of cows being proper meat.
    Either we accept animals as a food source and look at from a more neutral point of view – which might include – pain perception, level of intelligence, "similarity" to humans (to avoid diseases to jump) or we accept that we should not eat animals at all.
    Do not get me wrong, it is OK for one person to say they do not want to eat a specific animal – but they should not yell at others for it while munching down their pork steak that came from a pig that possibly underwent quite some ordeal.

    If you do not like what other people do – do not dine with them. period.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:19 am | Reply
  283. Indigent

    Eat the Chinese! Makes just as much sense as their argument for eating dogs and cats.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:35 am | Reply
  284. Tim

    Personally I think it's kinda nasty but there really is no difference between the animals we eat and don't eat.
    Until we manage to breed an animal that enjoys being slaughtered (or we all go vegan) it's the height of hypocrisy to look down our noses at what animal another culture consumes – so long as it's treated humanely, and not endangered.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:36 am | Reply
  285. Stop the insanity

    The dogs are sometimes beaten to death so the adrenaline makes for sweeter meat. Just disgusting to think about it. I understand cultural differences but these are domesticated animals and the time has come to ban this practice.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:45 am | Reply
  286. ActionJ105

    Do NOT give me the "It's their culture" BS. It is also in their culture, apparently. to torture these animals before killing them. Cats and dogs are also DOMESTICATED animals, cows and goats are not. Therefore those who eat beef & pork but are against eating cats and dogs are NOT hypocrites.
    Where, I ask you, do they consider a cow "Man's Best Friend"? Or a goat?
    Exactly.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:48 am | Reply
  287. Albert R. Killackey, Esq.

    Epitaph to a Dog is a poem by the English poet Lord Byron. It was written in 1808 in honour of his Newfoundland dog, Boatswain, who had just died of rabies. When Boatswain contracted the disease, Byron reportedly nursed him without any fear of becoming bitten and infected. The poem is inscribed on Boatswain's tomb, which is larger than Byron's, at Newstead Abbey, Byron's estate.

    Near this Spot are deposited the Remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferosity, and all the virtues of Man without his Vices. This praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery if inscribed over human Ashes, is but a just tribute to the Memory of BOATSWAIN, a DOG, who was born in Newfoundland May 1803 and died at Newstead Nov. 18, 1808. When some proud Son of Man returns to Earth, Unknown by Glory, but upheld by Birth, The sculptor’s art exhausts the pomp of woe, And storied urns record who rests below. When all is done, upon the Tomb is seen, Not what he was, but what he should have been. But the poor Dog, in life the firmest friend, The first to welcome, foremost to defend, Whose honest heart is still his Master’s own. Who labours, fights, lives, breathes for him alone, Unhonoured falls, unnoticed all his worth, Denied in heaven the Soul he held on earth – While man, vain insect! hopes to be forgiven, And claims himself a sole exclusive heaven. Oh man! thou feeble tenant of an hour, Debased by slavery, or corrupt by power – Who knows thee well must quit thee with disgust, Degraded mass of animated dust! Thy love is lust, thy friendship all a cheat, Thy tongue hypocrisy, thy words deceit! By nature vile, ennoble but by name, Each kindred brute might bid thee blush for shame. Ye, who perchance behold this simple urn, Pass on – it honors none you wish to mourn. To mark a friend’s remains these stones arise; I never knew but one – and here he lies.

    Also, do a search for "Balto" and "Hachiko." The list never ends. My best friends have all been dogs - Roxy, Huck, Merlot, Polly, Arthur, Bengie, and Tippy. Sometimes I think about what Carl Sagan worrned that he thinks ET is out there and holds the answers to all our questions but will not make contact until we show we are worthy of the knowledge. The way we treat our Mother Earth and fellow living creatures, maybe we will never learn the truth of the Cosmos. Maybe if we treated the Earth and all living things the way dogs treat us, we will prove ourselves worthy.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:49 am | Reply
  288. Eric

    You know, if China were to suddenly ban eating meat all together, they would find themselves light years ahead of everyone else morally.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:54 am | Reply
  289. Listed Unlisted

    How come question like this arises when dogs and cats are eaten?
    Just because Dogs and Cats are tamed in the backyard of millions of homes across America, should this question arise?

    Why not let this question come up when cows are slaughtered in slaughter houses, when thousands of people in American enjoy pork delicacies and millions of chickens are killed to feed the meat-loving population in the States? Cows are sacred to some religion, pigs are a taboo to some religion. Just because Dogs and cats are domestic pets, we should ask this question? Many a times I see people showing affections to dogs and cats when even it's not theirs. If some injustice is being done or a dog being beaten, Animal Activists come marching and screaming for so-called POLITICALLY CORRECT term: "Animal Abuse"? Isn't killing animals like cows, pigs, chicken, shrimp, lamb, a kind of abuse as well? Look at the way they are slaughtered? Baby pigs are suffocated using some kind of chemicals and are killed?

    I strongly reckon injustice done to any animal that even goes to the extent of killing them for eating purpose is animal abuse. And if it goes to abuse to dogs and cats in the backyard, it should also go to cows, pigs, and chicken, millions of who are killed everyday.

    So stop this hypocrisy here. Move on. It's China's business. Not ours. Let them do what they want. Let's do our job here and save the jobs from going to China.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:55 am | Reply
  290. Renee DeMartin

    Screw cultural reasons....yes it should be banned,,,totally inappropriate
    for the 21st century.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:02 am | Reply
  291. Ravi Singh

    I suppose that because Americans eat cows but not dogs, this should be the norm. So, it's odd that Chinese people eat dogs, and it's also odd that many Hindus object to eating cows.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:12 am | Reply
  292. Bobbie

    Absolutely! This is about as cruel and unthinkable as eating a family member. They were meant to be pets. This is why they are small and domesticated enough to be handled. They relate to humans, they trust them until put in horrible situations such as this! They have souls and KNOW what is about to happen to them.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:14 am | Reply
  293. Bob

    I am so ashamed of my narrow-minded countrymen saying how uncivilized it is to eat dogs and cats because they're "domesticated"...if they're not caught in the wild, then they are domesticated, like the cows whose organs and cartilage turn into our delicious Big Macs. I know it seems weird, believe me, but there is a world outside of the US with different cultures and beliefs. Respect that.

    I'm surprised to see that the Asian American reporter was so eager to show her disgust, as if she were ashamed and wanted to distance herself from those "barbaric people who are still eating cats and dogs". She can go enjoy her ground organs and cartilage!

    March 10, 2010 at 4:15 am | Reply
  294. Debra P

    It's not only China, but Korea who also eat dogs and cats.
    Boycott them both! Also boycott Peta, they kill more dogs and cats then your local shelter.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:15 am | Reply
  295. Betsy

    As I read this article I could not get the picture out of my mind of a video I once watched of cats being skinned alive in China. I have never in my life witnessed anything so horrific and hope I never do again. The fearful looks in the cats' eyes will haunt me forever. Many who have posted here seem blissfully unaware of how inhumanely many animals are treated in that country. If you have never seen it, it is appalling. Even the Chinese are realizing it is time to end this behavior. I suspect this decision is due to the growing popularity of companion animals in that country. Once one has loved and been loved by a dog, you understand why the Chinese want to implement this ban. Dogs ask so little of us, and give such unconditional love and faithful companionship in return. It is as simple as that.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:22 am | Reply
  296. Richard

    LOL Because eating cows is always so civilized..

    Think of how we eat Veal here.. Baby cows.. reaching 18-20 weeks..

    March 10, 2010 at 4:29 am | Reply
  297. David D. Davidson

    I find the general tone of the comments I'm reading to be disgusting. I'm reading nothing but bigotry on this page!
    Yes, dogs and cats are cute and cuddly, and we'd rather think of them as pets than food. But you know what? Some people love chickens and could never stand the thought of eating them. In some areas of the world cows are considered sacred and the though of harming one is abhorrent.
    We need to stop judging people based on what animals they eat and start looking at the way they treat them.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:30 am | Reply
  298. Mara

    OMG.........if you think this is sick, how about the SKINNING of dogs and cats also here in China! It's a huge money-maker. China needs to wake up and see that dogs and cats are of a high level of intelligence and are NOT used for food and for their fur. DIGUSTING!

    March 10, 2010 at 4:42 am | Reply
  299. Grammy

    This is really sick! I can not even imagine (thank God) how anyone could do something like this to an animal that would give their lives to save us, stand by us and give us unconditional love. I have a cat (Tia) who has been my best friend for 19 wonderful years. She is the light of my life. This is deffinately going to give me some bad dreams. God Bless these poor innocent gifts from God. How can someone even look at a dog or a kitty and not want to pick them up and hug them and love them? This is very very sad!

    March 10, 2010 at 4:44 am | Reply
  300. Sandra

    BAN IT NOW!

    March 10, 2010 at 4:49 am | Reply
  301. Chris

    Now, having eaten dog before (unknowingly, the vendor didn't mention it until after a bite) I can say I would not eat dog or cat, however the arguement that it is wrong while eating other animals is fine is more than a little hypocritical, if not elitist. For example, Some Indian cultures revere cows, other cultures and religions (i.e. Islam and Judaism) find pigs to be unclean and unfit to eat. Why is it okay for us as westerners to say eating those is okay, while saying that everyone else in the world should conform to our cultural beliefs of keeping dogs and cats as companions?

    March 10, 2010 at 4:51 am | Reply
  302. Daniel

    As a biologist, I only care if an animal is being eaten if it belongs to an endangered species or population. Otherwise, it is just as wrong as eating cow or fish, but it does matter if the animal is being treated ethically. I do not see what the big deal is about eating cat or dog specifically, many people keep horses, fishes, frogs, arthropods, cows and birds as pets and all of these have been a source of food in some cultures.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:55 am | Reply
  303. Karen D from Southern California

    OF COURSE! Dogs and cats are domesticated companion animals and deserve our respect and care.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:55 am | Reply
  304. Chris

    Why should humans of one culture or another be so arrogant to think that eating dogs and cats isn't "normal" and that eating other animals is? Dogs and cats are food in some cultures. In some cultures they are companions. I myself have a dog and wouldn't consider eating her as I have been conditioned culturally to feel that eating cows and other animals is ok but eating dogs isn't. hmmmm?? I don't think we should judge people for which animals they find acceptable to eat. I'm very disturbed by the way in which people anthropomorphize cats and dogs in particular.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:03 am | Reply
  305. A.J. St. Louis

    Ban eating dogs and cats? Why? Because it's not normal in the U.S.? I don't think anyone who does not live in the region this story originates from has any say about what they eat. Stop trying to impose yoiur beliefs on others..especially if you don't live there. It's obviously accepted by their culture, so drop it. You don't think cows and chickens and turkeys deserve your attention too? Nope, just the animals you find cute and cuddly. Get a hobby or something..leave other people alone

    March 10, 2010 at 5:05 am | Reply
  306. Cannon

    I'm actually a pescatarian and former vegetarian. In my opinion, the only kind of meat that should be banned from consumption is HUMAN meat. It is not entirely uncommon for someone to have a pig as a household pet in the U.S. Pigs are essentially as intelligent as dogs or cats and some people are just as attached to their pet pig as a dog or cat. But we have no problem whatsoever with serving up all the pork we can eat. No intelligent person can deny the hpyocrisy in that. I personaly would NEVER eat dog or cat. I find it disgusting and wrong. But that doesn't mean that we should be so presumptious as to pretend that we know what is right and wrong for pepole of other cultures of the world. As long as the dogs and cats are raised and slaughtered in a humane way then there's absolutely no reason it should be illegal for people to eat them.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:15 am | Reply
  307. amanda

    Dog and cat meat should definitely be banned! Dogs and cats are domesticated animals who are a lot smarter emotionally than other animals that are eaten.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:20 am | Reply
  308. james newton

    dogs and cats are pets, and friends of humans not part of our food chain. the eating of these animals should be banned.these animals are adorable, and i feel very sad for the people that eat these animals because dogs and cats give people a lot of love and affection. Isn't there lots of other type foods and meat that these great animals be destroyed because some dumb myth about them being good for your health or a tradition or gormet delicacy. i am sorry heart sad.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:26 am | Reply
  309. adilson

    if we eat dogmeat ,we can wake up barking.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:27 am | Reply
  310. Taro

    It should NOT be banned.

    Any animal knows it's about to be slaughtered when it gets to a slaughter house. But in the West people don't care about eating cows or pigs... neither do I. Same for cats and dogs. If people WANT to eat it, it should be available. If there is no demand for dog and cat, it'll naturally disappear from the menus. Claiming it's inhumane or whatnot is ridiculous if it's being argued on the basis of companionship/cuteness.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:30 am | Reply
  311. Manual Lopes

    Living in Hawaii, I have eaten dog at parties. It is a Filipino custom. They prefer black dogs, to me it tasted something like pork.

    While in Japan I ate cat. It was grounded up like hamburger. They used it in making spaghetti, chili and tacos.
    It has a sweet favor.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:30 am | Reply
  312. S.P.

    I don't a problem with eating meat of any kind. Your values are not the same as those half a planet away and you're ethnocentric to think that way.

    What does matter is treatment. I will never live to see a world where animals aren't eaten, but I can fight for their rights to get better treatment. Raise the level of animal welfare for EVERY food animal.

    As a vegetarian I will not vote to stop this ban, I will fight to make their welfare a priority because I'm not living on rainbows and cotton candy. People will eat what they eat and there is NOTHING you can do to stop them. Law or no law. It will just raise the price and make it a delicacy on the black market.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:31 am | Reply
  313. flyfish

    Cat and dog meat is probably cheaper than beef in China. So, if that is what the people can afford then let them eat them. I think China is doing it to appease the sensibilities of the western tourists and businesses that come to that country in order to get more business and more favoritism. Then again, there are more important issues than cats and dogs such as human rights. I prefer to concentrate on human rights violations in China than the rights of some paultry cat or dog. Get with the program people.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:32 am | Reply
  314. Liz

    A domesticated animal is any animal that has behavioral modifications as a result of depending on humans for care. This includes animals such as dogs, cats, cows, sheep, chickens and pigs. LOOK IT UP. The only way an argument against eating cats and dogs should have any ground is if you were a vegetarian. What is it that makes dogs and cats more inedible? The fact that they're smaller and easy to keep in a house?

    Look at it this way, westerners eat cattle. That's an outrage in some
    indian culture, just like you are critiquing asian cultures for eating "unconventional" animals.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:33 am | Reply
  315. Wimpy

    People in the US (Southern mostly)eat rodents and road kill.
    Its all a matter of taste.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:37 am | Reply
  316. jm

    DOG MEAT AND CAT MEAT = NO. THEY ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT LIKE CATTLE OR OTHER ANIMALS, THEY ARE HUMAN COMPANIONS, AN EXTENSION OF US. THIS IS SO WRONG. MY OPINION IS EATING ANY ANIMAL IS WRONG, BUT THAT'S JUST ME. EATING DOMESTICATED DOG/CAT MEAT IS 100 BILLION TIMES WRONG. WE SHOULD NOT EVEN HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THIS. WHAT'S WRONG WITH THOSE PEOPLE? CAVE MEN.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:45 am | Reply
  317. Kenneth Lau

    101% should be banned.

    Owner of Three Dogs

    March 10, 2010 at 5:45 am | Reply
  318. Gary

    It seems to be a member of the culturally advanced Western world you must be a hypocrite. If you support a ban on cat and dog meat you must support a ban on ALL meat. There is absolutely no difference between the suffering endured by cats raised for slaughter than that of cows or pigs. In fact animals raised on North American factory farms probably have it much worse. And as far as humans being at the top of the food chain – that is total B.S. Going to the Supermarket and BUYING your meat doesn't make you superior to any animal that has to hunt and kill it itself. Having someone else kill your food and then leave it behind for you to eat makes you more of a scavenger than than anything else. Urban humans actually rank somewhere between maggot and buzzard on the food chain.

    I'm also tired of the argument that Third World countries have no choice in the matter. Having to feed your future food is totally counter productive. It makes much more sense to put your efforts into growing sustainable crops. If you have meat to feed your cats and dogs until they reach the size suitable for slaughter why not just eat that meat yourself? Cats and dogs don't graze in the field like cows or eat grain like pigs, they are carnivores.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:57 am | Reply
  319. colejk

    Priorities people!
    I don't see the Chinese invading countries and killing innocents, over regime change and oil profits. I care much more for some innocent kid being as casulty of war than a 1,000 fidos and garfields!

    March 10, 2010 at 6:21 am | Reply
  320. Matt

    You people are complete hypocrites. You eat cows and chickens, but believe that governments should ban people from eating cute animals. Complete ignorance.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:44 am | Reply
  321. fds

    if you eat meat you condone the killing of those animals for that meat. so what's the difference if its cats, dogs, cows, pigs, chickens or dophins, whales or anything else people eat for that matter? unless you are completely vegetarian, seems hypocritical to me...

    March 10, 2010 at 7:02 am | Reply
  322. Nad

    NO! Please no! Someone please ban this insanity!~

    March 10, 2010 at 7:03 am | Reply
  323. blueseahorse

    dogs and cats should not be eaten. They are domesticated mammals with intelligence and emotions. For that matter, no animals should be eaten. It is horrible how animals raised for food are treated in this country, let alone how they are treated in other countries with no humane laws.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:18 am | Reply
  324. Kathleen

    That is why I will never go to China or those other countries.
    I have heard from first-hand accounts about this practice, and it is horrifying. I have a ban on China until this stops.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:20 am | Reply
  325. Indigent

    Eat the Chinese! Makes just as much sense as their argument for eating dogs and cats.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:31 am | Reply
  326. Ray

    Personally, I think China should do what the Chinese people want and not what the outside world wants. If they ban eating cats and dogs, but the people want to continue, then this is going to create a black market within China. If we think cats and dogs are mistreated now, once it's illegal, anything can happen. If the Chinese people want to continue eating it, then their government should then consider regulating it properly.

    It's easy to judge when you're on the outside. But let's keep in mind that 1 billion people have to be fed. If fish, cattle, pigs, and chicken cannot satisfy this population size, then they'll have to look for alternatives. Surely this is better than asking for UN aid?

    Perhaps the root of the problem is over-population - demand is too high to satisfy the supply. But that's a comment for another day...

    March 10, 2010 at 7:48 am | Reply
  327. mike

    This is a cultural issue. Humans are omnivorous. We were designed to eat meat. Animals are meat. What animals are "okay" to eat should be determined by any given culture's own mores. I lived in a mountain tribe in Papua New Guinea that was offended by the idea of eating dogs but had no such issue with eating cats . . . or Birds of Paradise . . . of pigs . . . or tadpoles! Who has the right (power?) to decide what another culture may or may not do?

    March 10, 2010 at 7:54 am | Reply
  328. Anthony

    Why does everyone think it is SO horrible to eat a cat or dog? Just because their what we perceive as pets doesn't make them any better then a cow or chicken. I just dont get it. If people could PLEASE stop thinking emotionally for a few minutes and actually use their brains, they may see that it has to do with a cultural difference. How is the U.S. progressive because we don't eat them? I would be willing to bet most people who leave responses like that don't consider the conditions our farm animals are raised in. They wouldn't care either way because cows aren't cute and fluffy. A country souldnt have to change CENTURIES of culinary tradition just because ARROGANT people from the west tell them that their culture it wrong.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:08 am | Reply
  329. Rico

    People, you have absolutely no right to judge what other people in other countries choose to do in those countries. Of course you are free to give your own opinion but let me ask you this, if there was a country who had domesticated say cows,would you stop eating beef because they think cows shouldnt be treated that way?
    Stop pushing western values on other countries!
    IF China decides to go through with the law, that is THEIR decision and should have nothing to do with outside criticism.
    One comment made me realise how tunnel-visioned some people can be:
    "the chinese even keep there pets/cats and dogs in cages...they have a lot to learn before catching up to the western world"
    "the Chinese"??? are you serious? that grammar alone makes a point but the end part is just amazing! "they have a lot to learn before catching up to the western world"...
    What, because Westerns are so much more civilized???
    The worlds largest pharmaceutical companies are ALL western and ALL use animals for testing, in worse ways than you could possibly imagine. Some westerners hunt FOR FUN or SPORT then skin the animals for clothing, decoration etc. Need I continue?
    My point is, get your head out of your arses! We westerners are far from perfect, we are ALL learning.
    If you dont like China, Chinese people, Chinese ways of life or simply look down on other cultures because you're that stupid, get a life.
    BTW, I grew up with six cats and my neighbours all had dogs so I share the love for these animals.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:16 am | Reply
  330. Newtonyd

    If you ban cats and dogs from being eaten, where does it end? Are cats and dogs fundamentally different from other animals we raise for food? Of course, they are CARNIVORES. That's right, that cat or dog you own would be out killing tiny mice, songbirds, bushy-tailed squirrels, and anything else it could take out. That's the reason cats and dogs are the supposed 'companion pets' in the first place; because of their hunting utility. If you ground up human meat and canned it like any other pet chow, they would eat that too.

    Could you, personally, look in the eyes of a starving person and deny them meat because it's banned? On the flip side, could you slaughter a cow or pig with your hands, while it cowers away from you in fear (cats and dogs are not the only creatures that feel fear)? If not, then you haven't the right to eat meat at all, my friend, and if you eat meat anyway then you should have no say about what anyone else eats.

    This is coming from someone who has owned both a dog and a cat, and enjoyed their company. To place them higher than other animals would be hypocritical and, if animals could be offended, insulting and unfair.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:22 am | Reply
  331. Michele

    Ban this disgusting cruelty to dogs and cats – they should not be eaten!

    March 10, 2010 at 9:02 am | Reply
  332. penpall

    Now you see, dog&cats-eating Chinese, the majority of the world's opinion about this (comments are not only American, as I am not). Some might agree with you... but I fear that you will not be eating dogs and cats only... Would you one day eat your panda's too??? Thinking that it would do your health sooo good, would you eat baby placenta if a fool would tell you that?! If you're herbs specialists, why not eat your ginseng and other revitalizing herbal stuff with rice?? Or just eat more crabs – tastes so good.. There you are... want to be part of the world? then hear what we think of it.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:10 am | Reply
  333. Jane

    Yes, it should be banned. But so should a lot of other unacceptable practices in China.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:38 am | Reply
  334. Miao Miao

    PhillyGirl, your comment about people struggling to eat whatever they can find is very valid, and there were many horrific and unimaginable times in China's not-so-distant past when people were eating dirt & bark to survive (Great Leap Forward, etc.). But in today's China, you'll find that the vast majority of people "enjoying" dog and cat meat in places like Guangdong have plenty to eat. They eat for the joy of it, just like some consume monkey brains and the meat of poached endangered animals. Cat is much less widely eaten than dog, which can be found on the menu almost everywhere in China. Dog/cat is also usually not the cheapest meat around, so the poor wouldn't necessarily be inclined to eat it first, anyway (I'm basing my comment on what Chinese friends have told me). In response to others' comments, the way the animals are tortured before they are eaten is truly sickening. Just as I would find issue with cows and pigs being tortured before they are eaten in the US or anywhere else, I take issue with this, too. If the Chinese are taking the initiative on their own to ban dog/cat meat, no one can really say they've been forced into it. It seems they're realizing the practice is pretty much unnecessary in today's China and trying to show they are making efforts to become a more humane place for animals. Every society must change and evolve, whether East or West. Westerners could claim that bullfighting is necessary as part of their cultural heritage, too, but that wouldn't make it true or right. I applaud this humane move, but I fear the law might not be well enforced, just like laws to protect humans have not been enforced there, unfortunately...but hopefully positive change on all fronts will come sooner rather than later, in China and also in other places in both West and East.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:39 am | Reply
  335. Angelaway

    Eating cats and dogs seems crazy to us. But take a step back, what about chickens and pigs and cows? What is the real difference? Ban all meat, we can do just fine without it and watch the waist lines of America shrink!
    http://www.bilge-kagan.org

    March 10, 2010 at 11:15 am | Reply
  336. Kate Huthnance

    Whilst it is quite disturbing to know many countries eat 'man's best friend' the dog along with cats 'a soothing friend especially for the elderly' are eaten, we must understand the poverty that pushes them into this type of food chain. Unfortunately, their culture has not taught them the respect for animals that we have been privy to. I believe they have no idea of the horrendous pain these animals suffer while waiting to be slaughtered for food. They are merely seen as a food commodity with no emotional attachment. We need to look in our own back yard eg. the plight of farmed pigs and egg laying chickens. Their conditions are absolutely appalling, nearly as bad as those poor tortured creatures that are the subject of this blog. The best help we can be, is to EDUCATE!

    March 10, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  337. dee

    Yes cats and dogs should be banned... they are living creatures and they have feelings too. We should not eat any animals. They are all innocent creatures that we have made out to be evil.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  338. Karin

    Atrocious It should definitely be banned ! ! ! ! ! !

    March 10, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  339. Patricia

    Barbaric Whatever can be done to ban this practice should be done,

    March 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  340. Vincent Rogiest

    I believe this to be a good step from China. I also believe that true education this could be achieved easely. Cats and dogs are people best friends ! So i will be verry happy when this suffering will stop. I also believe that when the equilibrium of this matter wil be restored the overal equilibrium of natural disasters and other matters will be in a good forcast. Yes everything is connected some people just don't know it yet.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  341. Wrigley

    All of you who are so outraged at eating our "companion animals." Have any of you taken a look at our animal shelters? Millions of our "companion animals" are killed each year, not for meat, but because they have become too inconvenient for humans to deal with, because of overbreeding, and because we continue to live in a hermetically sealed vacuum where only our own selfish desires and needs matter.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  342. CB

    Cats and dogs are meat. We eat meat. I grew up in the country and have seen people raise pigs or cows from infancy, enter them in State Fair competitions and then those same animals end up on the table. We think kitties and puppies are cute, but alas, so are bunnies and deer. It's cultural. How many posts would this have gotten if the discussion were about dolphins in nets? Wild boar, or some other "ugly" animal? Cute furry animals may grab our sympathy, but they are edible, ergo someone, somewhere is going to eat it. Turn your energies, anger and repulsion to serious issues.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  343. Gulu

    This might have been a habit in pre-historic area when people did not find food so easily or ate watever was not human. But nowadays ? There are so many delicious vegetarian meals, or if you cannot live without eating a piece of meat, please do with chickens, fish, but let's dogs remain our best friends. And cats ? Why don't they eat tiger meat, lion's meat, there are so many other animals, not these who are home animals, pets as a matter of fact. Shame that they are free to decide what to do.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  344. Gwen Hartwell

    Its deplorable that people eat mans best companions! How barbaric! We need to put some pressure on these countries to stop this asap!

    March 10, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  345. Андрей

    We never eat dog's meat in Russia, but I now the Chinese who lives in our country do it. It's terrible. DOG is man's friend!!!Sorry my English=)))))

    March 10, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  346. Kat

    This "culture" defense is really getting old! If it's their culture then it's barbaric, UNCIVILIZED, and cruel!!!! Why is it necessary to eat domestuicated animals that have developed emotions– don't they have anything else to eat hmm???? SAVAGES, that's all I can say.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  347. Sean

    They look at dogs and cats the same way we look at chickens and cattle. They think WE are crazy for NOT eating dogs and cats. The Hindus may think we are uncivilized for eating cows. The term "civilized society" is a relative if not subjective term in the grand scheme of things. A civilization/species will do what it must to survive and if that means supplementing their diet with a lower order of species then so be it.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  348. frank

    I think that unless an animal is an endangered species to each their own. How ever I feel for example that cows should not be tied still till slaughtered and that all animals should have free reign to enjoy quality of life before they are slaughtered. I also feel that instead of being consummed with other countries why don't we concentrate on our own. We should give half the amount of energy and time to our farms and so forth. I strongly don't approve of the small cages and cruel lifestyle though that china follows.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  349. Anthony

    "Civilized", "Uncivilized"... such loaded words meaning absolutely nothing unless you subscribe to imperialist ideology. From a purely object perspective, how can one justify eating some animal as opposed to others. I've seen videos where cows seem to be just as traumatized buy their circumstance. Only in American, culture of the peculiarly insane, do we nearly elevate some domesticated animals to the point of considering them our "children" while we gorge ourselves on animals other cultures consider holy... say for instance cows. How utterly western to think that we should have any discretion over the foods that people from other countries eat. The notion that India would try to discourage our consumption of beef would be laughable to us if it were to occur but westerners feel so imperial that we should tell China not to consume dogs or cats. I say "bon appetit", "chow" as in "Chow-chow", "Come and get it"... if you can catch it ;-)
    The measure of racism and cultural superiority conveyed in the majority of these responses are nauseating.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  350. american

    I personally don't eat dog, but I'll fight to death to protect human being's right to eat dogs

    March 10, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  351. samantha

    i think anyone who slaughters and keeps any animal in cages should be put in a cage themselves and see how they like it. If I had to chose between and animal in a cage or a human in a cage, I would defintly chose the animal. They cant defend themselves like humans can. I would love to get a hold of people who kill animals for pleasure and turn the tables around and do it to them. Everyone can do without eating meat, especially idiotic chinese people eating house pets. So, yes it should be banned. That's just pure cruelty. Animals breathe air too, just like us, so why treat them the way we do? At least animals go to a better place when they die, some people will go to hell for the things they do.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  352. Dill

    So if people start dressing up cows in little sweaters and calling them "Sweetums" then we could no longer eat cows, right?

    I love my cats and dogs and I find it disgusting that there are people in this world that eat them but that's just culture clash, and I accept that different people have different views and different ways.

    As for the dogs and cats "knowing" whats going to happen to them and thats why they cower in the cage, thats utter BS. These animals are treated like meat because that is what they are being used for and they cower because they are fearful of any human because of that, not because they "know" whats going to happen to them. Maybe if people stopped attaching human emotions and human rational to what animals do this would be a non-issue.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  353. Laura

    You've already eaten dogs and cats.

    4 million unwanted dogs and cats are put down in the U.S. each year. What happens to their corpses? They are boiled down at rendering plants to make cosmetics, animal feed (for the animals we do eat) and even gelatin–you know, the stuff in Jello, marshmallows, and gummy candy.

    As a vegetarian, I don't think anyone should eat any animals, but I'm not under the delusion that we Westerners are more "civilized" because we don't (think we) eat pets.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  354. MandM

    The eating of dogs and cats should definitely be banned. How can you look into their eyes and see that they are scared and kill them?? This is so disturbing I don't know how people can live each day knowing they ate these innocent animals. And it's not just dogs and cats...all animals. They can't defind for themselves and what did they do to us? Nothing.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  355. ki

    "Any society, any nation, is judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members ; the last, the least, the littlest."

    "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. "

    March 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  356. HeatedinAZ

    Not even a question. Ban this! Unless there is a serious relationship with a cow,pig, or duck, they are fair to eat. Dogs and Cats on the other hand have much more personality and I think that goes a long way.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  357. John

    don't want to see putting the animal into cage, then why are there so many zoos in US?

    March 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  358. backforth

    I am a Chinese and I don't think cats or dogs should be killed and eaten. Yes, we eat beef and pork. And thousands of years ago, as savages, we even eat human being. But we are evolving, right?

    Eating dog is not necessary for us to live. And it make us feel sad. Then let's just ban it.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  359. Jame

    Look we eat a lot of animal cows, rabbits, wale etc. The only issue I see here is the way the are kept/treated. ANY ONE in the USA should not be making such a fuss. We treat our live stock worse that anywhere else I know of.
    The "put on earth to be our friend, love cherish" people should realize we have bread these animal to be this way. They started out as wolves and lynx ( not sure on the actual progenitor stock of cats) you don't have to believe in evolution to know that .... just be able to read. Unless your a vegetarian that does not wear leather your a hypocrite.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  360. John

    "The measure of racism and cultural superiority conveyed in the majority of these responses are nauseating." This is the most splendid words I've seen so far on this blog.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  361. Les

    A few of us are debating a sensitive issue in an intelligent and EDUCATED manner while the vast majority here are absolutely clueless. Gandhi said many things, 99% of which were the insane ramblings of a madman. The Jesus freaks who post here are the most clueless asserting their personal (and irrelevant) feelings are the pronouncements of a God (none of which pronouncements are actually in the Bible). Many see the world's most advanced cultures (e.g. China) as uncivilized. Some, like Luke, seem to enjoy writing obscenities for a lick. Paul said if you go to a man's house and he serves something you think is wrong to eat that you should eat it anyway because 'God' has made all things clean, period! As for me and mine, if it moves eat it. It's only natural.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  362. Robert

    The argument exists that no animals should be eaten; however, even as a cat owner I recognize that the distinction between pet and animal are relative at best. As per the question asked, should cat and dog meat be banned? My answer is YES. It should be. Particularly when other kinds of meat are readily available.
    As to the undertone statement behind animal-protective comments, I can say that for millions of years, Mankind has consumed meat as part of the staple diet, but when 70 % of the grain grown in the US and 40% grown worldwide are fed to animals, it makes more sense to eat more farm grown goods as the carbon weight & water weight are more more economical and efficient. While I still see some animals being consumed ( deer meat by hunters, for instance ) there is no reason why we can not feed ourselves with less meat, and none of that meat coming from animals which have been domesticated over thousand of years as emotionally symbiotic to human needs.
    The only way to make an effect that would actually reduce the amount of meat consumed would be a MASSIVE educational campaign where you would convince people the health benefits, and ecological benefits of eating less meat. With less demand, the availability would naturally go down. Instead of ordering that McBurger or Whopper, might it be healthier and CHEAPER to eat some rice and veggies instead?

    March 10, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  363. Bob

    Not only should cats and dogs not be used for food, they should not be used for the fur trade, either. But, as I discovered some years ago by watching an undercover report aired on Nightline by the US Humane Society, dogs and cats are skinned alive for their fur in Asian countries. I will never forget the horror and grief I felt watching a friendly dog wagging its tail in anticipation of affection the poor animal apparently thought it was about to receive from the Chinese owner with the fiendish grin, who in the next moment took a knife and began skinning the dog without first humanely euthanizing it or at least administering something to deaden the pain. The camera cut away without showing the horrendous act, but the audio captured the cries from the poor animal. This should not be allowed.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  364. Tim

    We all feel wrong to eat dogs and cats, but why we take it for granted to eat bulls, chickens, fishes, pigs, etc? You might say we raise chickens, so we can eat them. OK, someone will raise dogs from now on.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  365. Florence

    Basically all Asians eat all kinds of different animals that are revolting to us. These people are very traditional with fixed ideas and their tradition is very mythical. Before, most people who immigrated to the U.S. or other western countries basically wanted to get away from these types of primitive and barbarian ethnicities. But unfortunately, today due to these obsessions some people have for exotic things, they celebrate these ways of thinking and America is no longer the melting pot it used to be. Today, most of these immigrants come here only for financial reasons (which are excluded in the application for refugee status). These people come here, take advantage of our welfare laws and drain our system, yet in their heart and soul, they stay true to their own culture and country. Most of these people not only don’t evolve, they also brainwash their own children to stay the same. My question to these people is: if your culture, your tradition, your homeland is so good, what the heck are you doing here?

    March 10, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  366. Not2Likely

    This is just a different culture. As long as they make it clear what it is, who are we to tell them what they shouldn't eat. Look at some of the things the western world eats, baby lamb, veal, bunny rabbit, etc...very hypocritical to criticize other cultures.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  367. Chris

    Perhaps if we all band together and send out mass emails, letting people know about this, people would think twice about supporting anything coming from China. Americans have all ready put a dent in their trade industry – we need to do more. They are a sick bunch to skin animals while still alive – that is just a sick , sick person who would do that.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  368. Lily GRETHEN

    Please stop this, dogs and cats, also all other animals are not on earth to be eat!! Please stop this!!
    Eating dog & cats is not necessary for us to live. And it make us feel sad. Then let's just ban it.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  369. John

    Again and again, we saw these words "if your culture, your tradition, your homeland is so good, what the heck are you doing here?" Ironically, the dogs and cats are eaten in some other countries, not in someone's backyard here. So why do you care about something happening on others' homeland, if you want to get away with these so-called "not evolved" people?

    March 10, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  370. emma

    For those who claims that cows are not domesticated...you should check the facts before making that claim. Cows had been domesticated long ago...try the early Neolithic.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  371. Double Standard

    ilovemycop March 9th, 2010 1510 GMT
    This is absolutely deplorable. I cannot fathom WHY anyone would want to eat a dog or a cat. These are domesticated COMPANION animals, not a food source.

    So is is it OK to eat a wolf? After all, it is a dog, but it is not domesticated...

    March 10, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  372. X10

    Whereas I respect the culture, the thought of it makes me sick.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  373. Lynn Green

    Yes ban it 100%. Any wacko thinks it should continue please remove yourself from society. But China at the same time should banish the harvesting of organs!!!!!!

    March 10, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  374. samantha

    if cats and dogs are the only animals the chinese have other there, then they can just become a vegan. if the chinese are so smart like everybody thinks they are, then they are doing the stupidest thing.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  375. larry

    First of all, I am a vegetarian. However, I am not telling people not to eat cows, chickens, etc..., nor another culture what they can and cannot eat. The way i look at it, we were given dominion over animals, by God, but should not torture them. Kids have pet frogs and turtles, but they are a delicacy in some places. God clothed people with furs from animals. How did he get them? Before I was a vegetarian, I ate at a Chinese restaurant here in the U.S. that had a buffet, and they were later closed down. It was found out that they were serving cat and pigeons that they caught as chicken and beef. Who knew? It did sort of taste like chicken, although it was a little slimy. I think we should rather complaining that China is serving aborted human fetuses as a delacacy. Now, that's something to get riled up and grossed out at !!!

    March 10, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  376. samantha

    even if we just had to eat animals, there are better ways to handle the situation rather than sticking them in tiny cages and killing them in an horrible way. that just comes to show what kind of heart people have and one day they will be judged for all their actions.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  377. PK

    No. Chinese folks shouldnt stop eating dogs or cays any more than Americans should stop eating cows.

    What you eat says more about your standard of living than your morality. Furthermore, this entire ethnocentric discussion is based in ethnic imperialism. As Shakespeare said, "the world is larger than your philosophy."

    March 10, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Reply
  378. eV

    My heart bleeds seeing those poor little creatures. We've evolved in this world with these animals and it is CRUEL to kill these animals for food. They are part of our family and they will always be for the next million years. The Chinese government is rich enough to subsidize the food of these people so they can eat the right food and I'm glad we only take Chinese money and not their values.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  379. ET

    that is illegal

    March 10, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  380. indy

    I had a friend that ask a new chinese resturant owner what kind of meat he was eating, their answer was "kind of like pork" so this goes on in the U.S. more than is know. Really wasn't to bad tasting .
    ,

    March 10, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  381. Dog Lover

    They should approve on eating these non-humans that don't understand the love they could find in a cat or a dog. It's a unconditional love they could never find anywhere. It makes me sick just thinking about it.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Reply
  382. MT

    For all of those that are ignorant in their thinking, you should step back and look at reality and get off your high horse. What is considered barbaric in one culture may not be considered that in another. I do believe that the animals should be cared for and slaughter as quickly as possible but I don't think it should be banned because of a view point that "western society" holds.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  383. A.thunder

    i'm chinese never ate one never will but I do recall my grandfater saying that he has that was the first time that I learn that my culture did such a thing. China is great but what you witness here is the darkside of china =( the funny thing is that I own a cat =)

    March 11, 2010 at 12:24 am | Reply
  384. Mark

    We don't eat them. We euthanize them and dump them in a landfill. Much more civilized.

    March 11, 2010 at 12:47 am | Reply
  385. Animal Lover

    Let me say that this is not just about eating domestic animals in China (which I fell repulsed about). This reporter did not go into much detail about how they kill these animals. Yes eating any type of animal is wrong, however in China and many parts of Asia for that matter, these poor animals are being beat with a wooded stick or bat to death. This happens at the meat markets in front young children. They say if they beat the animal the blood gets into the meat and makes it taster. Everyone that made a comment towards it being ok to eat these animals, I think have a chemical in balance. Here in the States we do eat meat and 'most' all animals have been HUMANELY euthanized. Not beaten to death or stabbed as close to the heart as they can get, then still alive, dragged to a pot of boiling water where this animal suffers more pain. People who eat this meat and say it is ok for others to eat it, is basically saying they are a barbaric, heartless person.

    March 11, 2010 at 1:02 am | Reply
  386. R

    Just disgusting and disturbing!!!!

    March 11, 2010 at 1:05 am | Reply
  387. Durine

    Animal is Animal. Eat it or not is your choice as an individual and the market will reflect that if it is popular. Other than that stop trying to force your viewpoints globally. Eating domesticated animals is common place everywhere. Goats, Pigs, Chickens are all domesticated and raised as pets by many. Same goes with guinea pigs, rabbits and rats. Just cause you dont want to eat 'em doesnt mean i shouldnt be able to. Apply the same ethical treatments to these animals as you would any edible animal and stop complaining. And stop justifying your arguements with the "civilized" viewpoint 'cause thats a biggest load of BS i've ever heard. Just because the west is more powerful doesnt make it more civilized. Lest we forget that its only in the last 50 years that blacks and women were considered equals to white men in the USA, and only in the last 100 years has Europe stopped brutality assimilating other culturals and violently spreading christianity to its less than human colonies.

    March 11, 2010 at 1:52 am | Reply
  388. Gail

    This is a disgrace. This practice should have been banned long ago. The animals aren't being treated humanely while they wait to be killed and I'm sure they aren't killed in a humane, painless manner either.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:03 am | Reply
  389. JV

    What about the slaughterhouses in the United States? They should be banned also. What about hunters that kill helpless wildlife? It is deplorable to kill any of these beautiful creatures that give humans so much love and affection. It is totally wrong to kill domesticated companion pets like dogs and cats. Anyone who can look into their trusting eyes and go ahead and slaughter them for meat, has no conscience or soul.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:15 am | Reply
  390. Concerned Aussie

    I think eating any meat that has been farmed in this cruel way is an atrocity. Especially for such intelligent creatures as dogs and cats, this is a heinous crime that deserves punishment. I think the world should stop giving countries that condone crimes like this privileges such as the Olympics until they can catch up.

    Ban this China and then I might consider giving you my tourism dollar. Until then I will maintain my personal tourist ban on your country.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:06 am | Reply
  391. Christy

    Dogs/Cats need to have a family very important. Not need to eating the dogs/cats so stupid!!!! I feel like I am superwoman flying to takes them ALL to bring to the U.S.A safe. Chinese will be closed a business. STOP KILLING .. Please

    March 11, 2010 at 5:46 am | Reply
  392. John

    What is the definition of treating dogs and cats in a "Humane" way? I thought forceing these animals to breed, keep them with human for their lift time is pretty brutal. This is basically life-time prison. Only barbaric people can do that. Release your pets, give them freedom.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:56 am | Reply
  393. Wrigley

    Animal Lover writes:
    "Here in the States we do eat meat and 'most' all animals have been HUMANELY euthanized."

    Have you taken a look at our factory farms lately? You are living in a fantasy world. Most of the animals that are killed for meat in this country live a miserable, terrified, cruel and painful existence - they suffer terribly until they are finally put to death - often they are literally slaughtered while still alive.

    And let's not forget the millions of dogs and cats that are put to death in shelters across this country because we breed them and throw them away, or the fur we drape on our backs that have come from animals skinned alive.

    All of you who are horrified at the actions of these "barbaric" Chinese - look in the mirror...

    March 11, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  394. Marietta

    Can you eat anything that feels pain, expresses happiness, can communicate, knows fear, gives friendship, companionship, love and protection?? If yes, then you can eat your siblings too!
    Despicable custom/habit !

    March 11, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  395. Ann Marie

    Dog and cats should NOT EVER be used for food. It is sinful what is happening to dogs and cats in ASIA. It should be stopped and if anyone is involved in eating, selling, or treating animals in anyway less than kind should be a punishable crime. As we all know in Asia they do not play games when it comes to the law. It is unthinkable to imagine the pain and horrors these animals endure. I think the world should stand up and UNITE against the crimes of ASIA against animals.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  396. Luc Geurts

    Never. Animals are not ours. Eating flesh is unnatural. Did you ever see their eyes? They know. They feel!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  397. Pat H

    Many people across the world consider some animals as livestock. They don't see them as living creatures and they can justify eating them by using that thought process. But, millions of people consider dogs and cats as part of the family. Eating them is cannibalism and I do not understand how they justify that!

    March 11, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  398. Johnny

    No...don't ban dog and cat meat...

    That's ridiculous.

    Meat is meat, if it's feeding humans, it's a good thing.

    March 11, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  399. Bridget

    Eating dog and cat is appalling and uncivilized but eating cow and chicken is not? Although I personally won't choose dog because of my cultural upbringing, there certainly isn't anything innately wrong with it. It's ridiculous that people in Asia are suppose to change their dietary habits because it makes people in the U.S.A uncomfortable.

    March 11, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  400. mithra

    dog and cat are animals like cow and pig. if you dont have problem in killing cow n pig why the hell do you complain abt killing dog and cat.

    by nature, human body is not designed to eat meat. since we have brain, we try to make some thing good out of raw meat.
    either convert your self into vegetarian or stop complaining. if you want to fight against dog and cat killing , then also fight for cow n pig.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  401. Jason

    The only reason anyone in the Western world thinks that it's appalling is because of cultural upbringing. Why are you so disgusted by this? Because cats and dogs are cute? So is a lamb or a duck, and yet we serve those up everyday without batting an eye.
    If an animal, any animal, is raised as livestock, then bon appetit.

    March 11, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  402. AvidSearch

    What is the difference between cats, dogs, cows, and chickens? True we tend to treat the first two as pets and attach human like qualities to them but when it comes down to it they are a protein source just like any other. What it seems to be comming down to is trying to force opinion on a group of people that have been using cats and dogs as a food source for years. Let cats and dogs be pets to some and food to others. Respect peoples differences.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  403. bestfriend

    the issue is not only that people are eating cats and dogs – they are eating stolen pets.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  404. L A CAMERON

    I say a big no to eating cats and dogs for food. Where will we draw the line on eating anything we get our hands on, on this planet? Cats and Dogs unlike pigs and cows have a history with man of saving lives and heroic efforts to show their love for us, using their fur is just as bad as eating them.

    Look at the video and pics of these animals in small cramped cages on top of one another getting ready to die, how is that humane, how is that legal for that matter? How can anyone agree to skin a cat alive or boil a dog? Is this truly is the way Americans feel? God were seen as compasionate to other countires. Please dont eat the animals.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  405. X10

    I don't like the thought of eating dogs and cats, but if these animals are raised specifically to be used for meat – then I would be a hypocrite to make a big deal about it since I eat chicken, fish, beef and pork. If these people are stealing pets and eating them – then that is very wrong!

    Typically, animals raised for slaughter do not really bond with the humans. A dog or cat that was raised as a pet then later slaughtered for food is pretty hard to stomach (I guess because I have 4 dogs and a cat – all of which I consider my family).

    March 11, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Reply
  406. Daniel

    A ban is a good step but educating the public is a necessity. The Chinese government may have its hands full as it is but the fact that eating animals is not a sustainable practice ecologically nor economically at the current population levels. Changing old habits is not easy and will take time but it imperative if we want to keep our planet livable.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:09 am | Reply
  407. Dora Hardegger

    The practice of selling dogs and cats for meat is abhorrent.
    Look at your dog and/or cat and just think about him/her being put in the place of the cats and dogs who have had the gross misfortune to end up on the Chinese dog and cat meat market. This practice is appalling, UNNECESSARY AND GROTESQUE. I beg China to pass this ban and take a long, commit themselves to reforming their animal welfare laws.
    Animal Life Switzerland

    March 12, 2010 at 9:40 am | Reply
  408. Louise

    Why do we eat ANY animal? There is no difference between dogs/cats and cows/chickens. Eating the meat of animals, in general, is unforgiveable! Who are we to use living things in such a way?

    March 12, 2010 at 11:06 am | Reply
  409. Dorie

    Eating Dog and cat meat is utterly disgusting and inhumane. Why, WHY do you need to consume dog and cat meat? They are hypocrites and use animals according to their needs. They keep the small cute puppies in their homes and eat dogs that are not "cute" to their eyes. It is UNBELIEVABLE to see what human beings can do in this world. The horrid acts are endless. In my opinion, dogs are better than humans because they have loyalty that no humans possess. STOP eating these poor animals. Maybe PETA should create a secret mob to mass murder the people who eat dog and cat meat.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  410. Dorie

    We should all stop eating meat. I am not eating meat and I am FINE. MEAT is not needed in our lives. It is really disgusting.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  411. mountain

    So, where is the difference between eating cow, pig, horse but not dog or cat? There is none. If you eat cow, pig or horse, you might as well eat dog and cat too! The conditions in which cows and pigs are raised plus the horrible transport for horses......no different to what you see in those pics.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  412. Grace Mologni

    My idea is of course has to be banned. But also all the others beings too. We do not need meat to survive, we all can be veggies and still live.
    Would u like some of you be eaten by another kind of species?
    There u have the answer.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  413. Zahra

    How can PETA kill more than 90% of the animals in their care, but it's wrong for an over populated country to eat them? Is euthanizing only alright if the animal dies in vain?

    March 12, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  414. Chris Leeson

    I think North Americans should fix our own mistreatment of animals before we start to point the finger at other countries. Many countries consider it an abomination to eat beef or pork. Saying that only "uncivilized" countries would eat dog or cat is just ignorant and bigoted. Take a look at our chicken farms, where the chickens literally have no room to move, or our cow lots, where the cows stand packed together, knee deep in their own feces. This is a cultural difference and animal rights need to be addressed EVERYWHERE.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  415. KTD

    The one thing not mentioned in this report is that not only do they eat dogs and cats in China, but they also sell their fur for coats in the United States. Do not buy any coats with fur collars if they come from China or Korea. The dogs are sometimes skinned alive. I am not a member of PETA. However I am a member of International Fund for Animal Welfare. A four star charity that is attempting to change animal rights internationally. Usually these animals that are sold are stolen. They are pets. Get involved. It's inhumane.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  416. Scarlet K. Long, R.N.

    CNN's story didn't include the fact that MANY/MOST(?) of the cats and dogs are TORTURED during the killing process. This horrific TORTURE is (purposely, proudly) done to increase its "taste" and allow MEN increased sexual drive and performance. Just MORE SICK stuff from HUMANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As far as I'm concerned, ANYONE who TORTURES ANY human or animal deservs the same!!!!!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  417. tariq

    Hey Kemberly, let me give you an example... We're going to get an Indian reporter and have them do a story on the atrocities of the United States on how they butcher cows. FYI, the cow is a sacred animal in India and is not harm in any way,shape, or form. Yeah, that mean it is not eaten. So just imagine how people in India will feel seeing a story on the butcher shops, meat factories, packaging process of their sacred animal. I guess kinda like how YOU feel about cats and dogs. The bottom line is every culture have their OWN belief system.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  418. Coby

    Zahra, you don't make any sense. What are you talking about?

    March 12, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  419. Miguel

    Judge not yet ye not be judged.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  420. Mia

    No, animals should not be eaten by humans. We have no right to cause another animal pain for the few seconds of pleasure of the taste of meat in our mouths before we swallow.

    It's not a matter of nutrition, because the vegetarian diet is better for the health of humans than meat is. It is a fact, backed up by science, that animals feel pain. But we don't need a scientist to tell us this, because we all know it; it's as plain as the noses on our faces.

    Cultural traditions should be respected in so far as they don't infringe on the rights of others. It is immoral to turn a blind eye to the suffering of others simply because it is a cultural tradition. Just as we cannot condone the Chinese abuse of cats and dogs, they should not condone the West's abuse of cows and chickens.

    It is time humans took a look at the cruel industries they are supporting every time they buy meat. It is time humans took responsibility for their actions. It is time we stopped this insanity.

    March 13, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  421. Mervi Rantala

    Definately NOT!!!

    March 14, 2010 at 1:48 am | Reply
  422. Kedreack

    Eating cats and dog is just dispicable its wrong im 14 and i could never imagen why these people could do this i should be banned 100% because its discusting and wrong. Its just nasty how the can just eat cats and dogs like that, im completely discustded

    March 14, 2010 at 6:02 am | Reply
  423. Kedreack

    Eating cats and dog is just dispicable its wrong im 14 and i could never imagen why these people could do this i should be banned 100% because its discusting and wrong. Its just nasty how the can just eat cats and dogs like that, im completely discustded

    March 14, 2010 at 6:07 am | Reply
  424. dont worry about it

    So the Chinese can't eat dog (a man's best friend), but the hypocritical Americans can eat other animals that are other people's "best friends"? Eating dogs and cats is intolerable, but eating pigs and other animals, while having a slaughterhouse for them is fine?

    There are many different cultures in this world, learn how to respect one another before judging, instead of having biased views. Just some food for thought for everyone.

    March 14, 2010 at 8:51 am | Reply
  425. Mel

    I hate the thought of a dog or a cat being eaten by a human....however, we do the same with our cows, pigs, horses etc....those animals "could" be loyal to us just like dogs and cats can. They feel pain just like cats and dogs do, yet, we say it is ok to eat them. During slaughter they suffer, they feel fear and pain. Something is just not right with that picture.
    I would love to see China pass the legislation very soon. And I would love to see people who get so furious with this eat less meat period!

    March 14, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  426. pat

    How is this even a question? Of course it should be banned, but then so should puppy mills in the U S and that probably will not happen either

    March 15, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  427. Alexandra

    Eating cats and dogs seems crazy to us. But take a step back, what about chickens and pigs and cows? What is the real difference? Ban all meat, we can do just fine without it and watch the waist lines of America shrink!

    March 15, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  428. devi moonsamy

    It is very disgusting. Cats and Dogs are treated as domestics animals and they stay with human beings at home. They are well tereated and form part of the family. They accompagny the family home and people take them as friends. In many cases they are replacing people who have no children and people who are alone. They are best friends and give pleasure of lives to those who are alone in this world.

    It is a crime for eating such animals.

    Beyond that i am vegetarian. I eat vegetables only.

    It is a pity .... and heart break.....

    March 15, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  429. Dora Hardegger

    go vegan!
    don't eat any kind of animal!

    March 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  430. Felix

    Yes, Ban eating cats and dogs...Also ban the butchering of cows, pigs, chickens ducks and all other vertibrates for that matter...

    I will never understand why so many people think that meat is a requirement. It should be taught in schools at an early age that meat is not required in a diet!!

    A vegetarian diet is better for a human body. We would live longer, happier lives and with a better quality of life for sure. Meat is expensive to purchase and expensive on the environment.

    Besides, eating animals is just horrible.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:16 am | Reply
  431. RWithnail

    If it cannot be banned, as I think it should, it should at least be standardised so the animals are treated and slaughtered as humanely as possible. A good indicator of how a society values its citiznes is how they treat animals.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  432. COLE

    I would have no problem making a good cajun sauce piquaint with Bambi, Rocky, Bullwinkle, Alvin, Daffy duck, Bugs Bunny, And Donald Duck, but I would have to draw the line at, Snoopy, Goofy, Garfield, and Fritz the Cat. Hell be honest we eat Chicken Little, Tom the Turkey, and Bessy the cow with no problem.

    It would be impossible to eat Frisky and Miss Kitty.

    March 19, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  433. Emilie

    I cannot understand why this is any worse than eating a cow. Cows are cuter.

    July 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  434. Patrica

    The comments cats and dogs are men friend. If you have ran into a pack of dogs that really hunger, they may want you for dinner or maybe your child.

    If an owner of a cat has died and the cat runs out of food they will eat the owner.

    Remember cats and dogs are both predators.

    Cats and dogs may be the only protein these people have access to.

    August 16, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  435. orin

    It is wrong for us to pass judgement for people who eat cats and dogs. Most of these people are impovershed and who are we to say what they can and cannot eat. If any of you were starving and all you had to eat was a cat or do, can you honestly say that you would rather die that eat them?

    for the people who believe it should be done more humanly, you need to realize that these people dont have enough money to feed themselfs properly let alown store their a

    August 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  436. orin

    It is wrong for us to pass judgement for people who eat cats and dogs. Most of these people are impoverished and who are we to say what they can and cannot eat. If any of you were starving and all you had to eat was a cat or do, can you honestly say that you would rather die that eat them?

    for the people who believe it should be done more humanly, you need to realize that these people don’t have enough money to feed themselves properly let alone store their animals in a humane way.

    August 17, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  437. Lukasz

    To us, Europeans, it may seem awful and abominable but to those people it's fairly normal. Anyway, having a chow-chow for dinner is quite normal if you know a live octopus and "snake vodka" is on the menu, too. In Africa, some tribes eat larvas and see nothing wrong about it. If something puts us back, it's the thought we could have our loved pet on a plate, feelings play the part. But do remember: if you are REALLY hungry, you eat almost everything, be it a larva, bugs, rats, snakes or your pet. So perhaps you shouldn't ban it but still, nobody tells you to buy and eat it if you find it abhorring.

    August 18, 2010 at 10:04 am | Reply
  438. bbnoble

    I do not keep dogs and cats as pets. They are not my best friends. So yes, I will eat little Fido if he crosses my path. Ha ha ha.

    September 18, 2010 at 1:08 am | Reply
  439. Deus

    Oh great, hypocrisy again... if eating cats and dogs should be banned, so should eating cows and chicken. why the discrimination??? As a vegetarian eating any animal is abhorrent to me. I find people who eat pigs and fish, equally disgusting. If you are okay killing a pig or a cow for meat consumption (by the way, they feel pain too), why feign over killing dogs and cats for food? Its all the same (and pigs and cows are also domesticated animals, in case some of you didnt know). I find this hypocrisy worse than the thought of eating a dog or a cat.

    September 24, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  440. poipoi

    In Sri Caitanya Caritamrita adi lila, chapter 17 verse 166 Caitanya Mahaprabhu confirms:

    go-ange yata loma tata sahasra vatsara

    go-vadhi raurava-madhye pace nirantar

    Cow killers and cow eaters are condemned to rot in hell for as many thousands of years as there are for each hair on the body of every cow they eat from.

    ‘chaitanya-mangala’ shune yadi pashandi, yavana

    seha maha-vaishnava haya tatakshana

    If even a great atheist hears Shri Chaitanya-mangala (previous name for Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata), he immediately becomes a great devotee.

    October 4, 2010 at 12:00 am | Reply
  441. danielle

    I can't believe people are leavin comments sayin people who eat cats and dogs are barbaric, I hope each and every person who said that is a strict vegetarian because what all humans have done to animals for thousands of years just for food is barbaric! We evolved on this planet and think we have always been here, and have the right to do whatever ever we want to any animal! No animal was put on this planet as a food source for us. We are by far the most awful species ever to step foot on this planet...and I mean as a whole, not just chinese, some would say you are bein racist, discriminatin against them for havin different ways and believes than you
    I wonder how many of you are parents that have taken your children to visit a farm one day to feed all the lovely animals, knowing full well that there is goin be a lamb, chicken, pig or cow sittin on your dinner plate for your sunday roast. There has been plenty of programmes showin the terrible way the animals we use for food are kept and then killed. We watch the way animal like lions and tigers catch their pray and then say how awful it is, not thinking that what wee do is at all wrong!
    I personally could never eat a dog or cat as I have a dog as a pet and I have always been brought up in homes with domestic animals as pets but I don't think anyone has the right to judge anyone who thinks any different. Its terrible that there are children livin in countries where they are born riddled with diseases then grow up not have food to eat or water to drink while we live in our lovely clean warm homes, we can choose what we eat, do what we want...do u people think that is ok then, and if not do you do anythin about it...probably not!!
    Just because you don't believe in somethin or folllow other cultures way of doin thing, it doesn't mean its wrong, its just different to your way. People keep beautiful little rabbits as pets, but it doesn't stop people in our culture goin out huntin them them puutin them in a stew. What right does anyone have to judge others!!!

    October 10, 2010 at 8:07 am | Reply
  442. Zachary

    I am for the ban because I live in America.

    October 25, 2010 at 12:49 am | Reply
  443. Viilentore

    I live and work in Seoul, South Korea, one of the most populous and technologically advanced cities on the planet. In my neighborhood there are several dog restaurants. It really disturbs me, not because they are one of mankind's oldest companions, but because of the horrific ways they are raised and slaughtered. It is thought here that the more pain the animal suffers, the tastier the meat. Dogs are often hung by the neck from chains, blowtorched across their bodies, and beaten to death, within sight and sound of their kennel-mates. It takes a good long time for them to die–gotta tastify that meat! Not all Koreans eat dog, and many are against it, but many do. It's a sick and outdated practice. I hope that if the Chinese ban the practice, Korea will be forced to as well.

    October 26, 2010 at 7:39 am | Reply
  444. Crockett

    yes, but if am hungry can have a nice dinner.

    October 26, 2010 at 11:02 am | Reply
  445. Ezeuba AKA Blaza

    people eat beef,pork,fish etc, why will cats and dogs be an exception? They are all animal. They are reared and eaten just like cattle and fish. A fish is my pet stop eating my pet and i will stop eating yours.

    November 28, 2010 at 6:29 am | Reply
  446. Omar Haleem

    People connect with each other easily and in some cases we gain empathy which helps us in 'feeling'/ We also connect with other species on this planet. Dogs and Cats are probably the only species that have been most exposed to humanity. If you eat these animals you are doing an injustice to yourself as well as to the world. It's surely going to create conflict within the eco-system. If a living planet is connected to humans and is susceptible to change brought about by humans, it is our responsibility to ensure that there is a standard for human behavior which is acceptable and is protected. If China sees excessive weather changes that cause devastation, will China accept that it is Gaea who is communicating dissatisfaction. If the are s keen to bring changes to their own ecology by changing the direction of rivers and displacing water from one end of the country to another, then they should understand that this planet also has a say in such matters. Unfortunately communism doesn't have a spiritual side otherwise they would have banned this practice a long time ago.

    January 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  447. Omar Haleem

    Something which I really liked about christianity and it's roots, i read the other day that Christians have a clear connection to vegan diets. It's part of their religion and i think it's really nice to know that there are some places where it is actually mentioned. I also recall watching CNN and seeing a man who had transformed his life by quitting meat and going totally vegan. I hope that science will assist humanity by bringing in better food alternatives so that we can stop eating our planets species to extinction..In China they have farmed Tigers..that's very sad to see. If you want something from these animals t help you get it up, i suggest viagra..better still is if you just connect with them directly. When will a guidebook for connecting people and animal species be written?

    January 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  448. danny

    even meat eat meat
    I dont see nobody sad for eating pig

    February 7, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Reply
  449. yellowbird

    Chinese will eat just about anything cats and dogs are no exceptions...Pandas might be somewhat luckier at times. If there is no major crisis in a country, I believe that goverments should deter the masses to consume highly intelligent creatures that most countries consider as pets. This action from China shall be well receive in the rest of the world.

    February 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  450. DiversityIsBeautiful

    If we're going to preach animal rights to other cultures we should be consistent about it. If we're going to whine about Chinese and Korean people eating cats and dogs then we need to ban the eating of anything more intelligent than they are. Science proves that pigs are more intelligent than dogs, so say goodbye to pork!
    Or we could just accept that different cultures have different norms. Why do we want to homogenize the world anyways? What a boring world that would be? I like the world with its different cultures and social norms, it makes the world a more interesting place. Instead of protesting differences we should try to preserve them except for HUMAN rights abuses which aren't getting enough attention and which we still need to start with our own countries (yes, I'm talking about the US and UK, too. Obama talks about "empathy", if he had any he'd let the Chagossians back to their homeland).

    January 5, 2013 at 6:47 am | Reply
  451. someone

    I suggest the chinese eat each other. Overpopulation problem resolved.

    May 26, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Reply

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