Friday, April 27, 2012

Good Samaritan’s quick thinking saves 500 dogs from food processing plant!

Dogs are rescued from their cages by volunteer activists, Kunming, China (© ChinaFotoPress/

        Good Day Humboldt County!

What’s accepted in one country may not be in another. Societies set the rules and the customs right down to what people eat. Eastern and Western cuisine are often a study in contrasts.

For example, many Asians eat dogs. Those dogs come from somewhere, and to the horror of pet owners anywhere, they’re often stolen!

In Vietnam today, dog snatching is a real problem. In what has to be one of the cruelest things I’ve ever heard of when it comes to preparing food, is the way the Vietnamese do it…they beat the dog mercilessly – trying to instill fear into the meat to enhance the taste(!) before slaughtering them for a customer.

I can’t imagine eating dogs, but then I’m a Westerner and Fido is not part of my culinary history. (If it is, please don’t tell me about it!)

                                                             At least these dogs have a future:

“Volunteers in China are struggling to nurse some 500 dogs back to health after they were reportedly rescued from landing on the dining room table. A Good Samaritan spotted a truck stacked with cages containing hundreds of dogs, many of which were obviously stolen pets still wearing their collars, leashes and even clothing. The concerned driver posted a note on Weibo (China's answer to Twitter) and, amazingly, hundreds of animal lovers responded and gathered at a toll booth to block the road.

The truck was headed for - gulp! -- a food processing plant. An anonymous donor has raised about $10,000 to rescue the dogs, which are now housed in a temporary shelter.” (News source)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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