Much ado about eat­ing dog meat

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

The clashes be­tween an­i­mal rights ac­tivists and people who sup­port eat­ing dog meat at the sum­mer sol­stice fes­ti­val in Yulin, Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion, re­flect the lack of mu­tual re­spect and un­der­stand­ing be­tween the groups, which is key to re­solv­ing con­flicts, says an ar­ti­cle on Ex­cerpts:

The dis­pute over eat­ing dog meat has been go­ing on in China for years and led to the re­cent vi­o­lent farce in Yulin. The clashes left a sup­porter of the dogmeat-eat­ing group in­jured and prompted some people to con­sume more dog meat just to prove their point.

Eat­ing dog meat is nei­ther il­le­gal nor un­eth­i­cal. Slaugh­ter­ing an­i­mals such as dogs for food has noth­ing to do with so­cial norms, so an­i­mal rights ac­tivists should not use it as a moral weapon to at­tack people who eat dog meat.

So­cial norms­de­mandthat people care for hu­mans and an­i­mals both, and tol­er­ate the choice of those who dis­agree with them in their culi­nary choice. But in this age of the In­ter­net, when ev­ery­one is free to voice their opin­ions, some people tend to im­pose their ideas on oth­ers and re­sort to vi­o­lence “in the name of love for an­i­mals”.

To avoid such un­nec­es­sary con­flicts, people should learn to re­spect each other’s choice as long as it is not il­le­gal or un­eth­i­cal.

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