Dog eat dog

Journalism was a tough world out there. Apparently so much so that we ate each other. Dog eat dog was regularly applied to my trade/craft/profession.

But that’s metaphorical. This isn’t. This is literal – I’ve deleted the photos as I know people who care about animals don’t want to see them, and people who don’t care about animals don’t want to see them.

Stories from Stop Animal Abuse blog.

Crammed into tiny cages and enduring appalling conditions, these dogs had been destined for restaurant tables in China.
But they were saved from that fate after activists intercepted the truck carrying them.
Many of the 505 creatures had barely survived their terrible ordeal, having endured cramped conditions and a lack of water during their near 1,000 mile journey by road.
But rescue came too late for 11 dogs which had succumbed to dehydration and exposure.

The driver, who was questioned by police, said he had been employed to take the animals from Mianning county, Xichang city in the southwest of Sichuan province,to restaurants in Yulin city in south China’s Guangxiprovince.
Many of the animals, thought to be destined for a restaurant, were suffering from dehydration when they were saved. Volunteers provided the dogs with water and food which they had been deprived of because of the narrow space in the truck.
Some of the huge markets which sell dogs and cats to restaurants for slaughter and human consumption, came under international spot light several years ago after being the suspected origin of the deadly SARS virus
It is not uncommon for dogs, as well as other animals, to be crammed so tightly together into tiny metal cages they cannot even bark – an environment ripe for the spread of disease.
In one of the large markets, on a 60 acre site in Guangzhou, China, cages of dogs and cats – some of them bred as domestic pets – are piled high and when an animal is chosen for sale it is bludgeoned with an iron bar until it is close to death before, being handed over to the purchaser.


Eleven countries around the globe still eat dog meat. They are: China, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Polynesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Arctic and Antarctic and two cantons in Switzerland.
China: Although the Chinese were the first to domesticate the dog and keep them as pets, dog meat has been a source of food from at least the time of Confucius, and possibly even before.
Indonesia: Eating dog meat is usually associated with people from the Batak Toba culture, who cook a traditional dish named saksang that is like a dog-meat stew.
Mexico: Dogs were historically bred for their meat by the Aztecs. These dogs were called itzcuintlis, and were often pictured on pre-Columbian Mexican pottery.
Philippines: In the capital city of Manila,the law specifically prohibits the killing and selling of dogs for food except in certain circumstances including research and animal population control.
Polynesia: Dogs were historically eaten in Tahiti and other islands of Polynesia at the time of first European contact in 1769.
Taiwan: Dog meat in Taiwan is particularly eaten in the winter months, especially black dogs, which are believed to help retain body warmth.
Korea: Gaegogi literally means ‘dog meat’ in Korean. Gaegogi, however, is often mistaken as the term for Korean soup made from dog meat, bosintang. The distaste felt by dog lovers, particularly from the West, has made this dish very controversial.
Switzerland: According to a Swiss newspaper report in 1996, the Swiss rural cantons of Appenzell and St. Gallen are known to have had a tradition of eating dogs, curing dog meat into jerky and sausages, as well as using the lard for medicinal purposes.
Vietnam: Dog meat is eaten throughout Vietnam. To many Northerners, it is a popular, if relatively expensive, dinnertime restaurant meal.
Arctic and Antarctic: Dogs have historically been an emergency food source for various peoples in Siberia, Alaska, northern Canada, and Greenland. Sled dogs are usually maintained for pulling sleds, but occasionally are eaten when no other food is available.

Eating dog meat is illegal in most Western countries.
Restaurants serving dog  are common in many Chinese cities, but particularly in Guangdong province, where some locals think it has medicinal properties.
Despite proposals to ban the consumption of dog last year, and growing international opposition to the practice, the meat has continued to be sold.
Alan Knight, chief executive of International Animal Rescue, said: ‘The transport is disgusting. They cram them into small wire cages, with no food or water, and take them across the country and kill them in inhumane ways.
‘This is happening every day. The whole concept of ethics is different to ours and it will be difficult to change, but local animal welfare groups are starting to make headway.’

Bit of a surprise there. Switzerland? Eating dogs? Not enough cheese or milk to eat?

Why eat dogs though, when there are so many other animals to eat? Seriously. Cows. Lamb/sheep. Goat. Horse. Pigs. The list is endless. There is some hypocrisy going on somewhere.

Anyway, to continue. How about the ones holed up in walls in Sarajevo before they are killed?

Bosnia-Herzegovina – Jelena Paunovic, compassionate animal lover from Sarajevo, turns desperately to the media. Many stray dogs are being held in a building in downtown Sarajevo under corresponding statutory conditions.

According to Ms. Paunovic, the dogs are collected from the homeowners and apparently killed. The house owner himself is said to have told her over this. An unbearable stench in the area of the house can anticipate the worst. Neither local government nor the veterinary inspection will take care of business.

“I’ve been everywhere trying to get help – Veterinary, Animal rights activists Orgas, police, property management, etc.

And Malta?

The discovery of a dog that was buried alive up to its nose after being shot in the head 40 times led to calls for Malta to reform its animal welfare laws.
The crossbreed mongrel, which was named Star by her rescuers, was found near the city of Birzebbuga by animal welfare officers investigating an unrelated case.
After hearing whimpering coming from beneath a wooden board with a tree stump placed on top of it to weigh it down, officers were confronted with the distressing sight of a dog’s face buried in the dirt.
But worse was to follow. When Star was dug out of the ground they discovered all four limbs had all been tied together and that she had been repeatedly shot with a pellet gun.
Miraculously, after doctors removed 40 pellets from her skull during emergency surgery at the Ta’ Qali hospital, Star survived.

And Mauritius?

The dog is flat on his back, trussed up with a rough rope, his paws scrabbling frantically in the air as a man in a red baseball cap rams a needle deep into his heart.
There is one last desperate struggle then a monstrous howl that rips  through the muggy tropical morning, startling nearby market traders and silencing the birds.
When the howl splutters into a whimper, the dog is dragged and kicked into a kennel to die alongside three others. It is a slow and painful death, the result of a botched lethal injection by a canine-killing squad.
It takes place in the so-called tropical paradise of Mauritius — the palm-fringed holiday destination of more than 200,000 Britons each year.
Away from the white, gleaming beaches — where the sea is impossibly blue and tourists sip cocktails while lazing on luxury sunbeds — more than 20,000 pet and stray dogs are slayed annually in this sickening way
These horrific images of the slaughter were taken during an undercover investigation by the Mail after the alarm was raised by the British-based charity International Animal Rescue.
The Mauritian government claims it is a humane way of controlling the island’s stray dog population, but it is neither humane nor honest.
Some of the animals are strays but many more — up to 80 per cent — are much-loved pets that have been snatched from their doorsteps, with collars and security tags clearly marking their addresses.
They are captured as part of a ‘clean-up’ campaign, despite pleas from animal welfare organisations across the world.
And they are killed by an organisation with a name so ironic it would be laughable it wasn’t true — the Mauritian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Kitted out in jaunty red caps and wielding giant fishing nets, MSPCA dog-catchers snatch animals wherever they see them — sleeping on street corners, lingering in alleys or lazing on their own doorsteps.
They are scooped up and hurled into cages in the back of roasting-hot vans where they remain — often bleeding and with broken bones — while the officers continue their rounds.
Their destination is a pound that can only be described as a concentration camp for dogs.
MSPCA personnel march around in heavy boots, brandishing sharp metal rods to punish disobedient animals. In the filthy concrete cages, most of the dogs shrink to the back, shivering and terrified.
Others edge forward, hopeful and trusting, unable to understand their predicament.
The worst corner is the puppy cage — rusty, squalid with faeces, and utterly desolate.
Only animals with owners have any hope, and even then it is slim. If residents suspect their pet has been snatched by the MSPCA, they can come to the pound and pay a ransom to rescue it. But the charge is £30, which is beyond the reach of most people, as the average worker earns less than £60 a month.
Nearly all the dogs spend three days in the cages before a lethal injection and a slow, painful death.
The still-warm bodies are hurled into a mass open grave in a stretch of wasteland. Clumps of fur, tails and ears are visible in the red soil. Skulls and bones create splashes of white.
The MSPCA insists only stray dogs are exterminated but this is a lie. The truth is that the organisation has a quota of more than 100 stray dogs to capture every day in a bid to reduce the island’s estimated 200,000 population.
And officers will happily take pets to achieve this figure.
British woman Alicia Browne can testify to this, after her two dogs were snatched while she was walking them.
Alicia, who is staying in Mauritius for nine months to visit a friend, adopted two stray dogs — whom she called Mira and Wanda — on the waterfront near Riv du Rempart in the north-east.
She recalls: ‘I was with them on the beach in December, throwing sticks, just having a nice day, when these two guys ran down with their nets and threw them over Mira and Wanda.
‘I screamed, “What are you doing! These are my dogs!” Mira and Wanda could not have been more than 4ft away from me. But one of the dog-catchers said I was breaking the law: because they weren’t on a leash, they were strays, and that was that.’
Alicia, from Redhill, Surrey, adds: ‘I was in tears and ran after them and saw them dumped in the van like trash. Mira’s leg was cut — you can see the scars and she has a limp now.
‘I followed the van in my car for the rest of the morning while the men scooped up pet after pet then went to the pound where they were unloaded.
‘I had to pay to get my dogs back. Wanda will never be the same again — she was severely traumatised by the experience.’
Jacqueline Woodridge, a British expat living in Mauritius, lost her pet dog in January and went to the Port Louis MSPCA compound to try to find him.
Her search was unsuccessful — and shocking. She said: ‘What I saw was horrific. There were so many beautiful dogs, many, many with collars, including puppies, squeezed into dirty kennel chambers covered with urine and faeces.
 ‘They were trembling, whining, and terrified. There was just one bowl of bread and water in each kennel.’

While the population of strays is undoubtedly large and growing, the dogs are not dangerous: there is no rabies on Mauritius, and the strays shun human contact.
Local and international vets agree that sterilisation would stem the problem — indeed, three years ago French actress Brigitte Bardot offered to pay for a mass sterilisation for all the island’s strays. But the government will not consider it. 
Yesterday, phone calls to the MSPCA were not returned. German vet Birgit Wellmann, who had to rescue her own dog from a pound, said: Sterilisation is the way forward but no one will listen. It is heartbreaking.’
She claims people on the island won’t criticise the MSPCA for fear of veiled retribution. Foreigners worry about losing residency and work permits, and locals are vulnerable to arrest if they defame the government.
Authorities say the strays are an eyesore and jeopardise the lucrative tourism trade. But as one European vet who used to work on the island points out: ‘For most tourists, these dogs are less dangerous than sunburn.’

No, the UK (or the USA or any English-speaking part of the world) is not immune.

Anyone who has read about the starved GSD Soldier, from Hampshire, must be feeling sick. Fortunately the totally emaciated dog has been nursed back to health after RSPCA inspectors rescued the skeletal dog.

Want to read about the dog who had to survive by eating dead cats in the same home? No, I thought not. If you have even read this far down, because it isn’t pretty reading.

Or what about this one?

A man suspected of animal cruelty was arrested Friday morning after police witnessed him throw large rocks and pieces of concrete wall at his dog, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

Police said Omar Beltran Nunez, 32, told them he was punishing his 3-year-old, Lab-shepherd mix, Oso, for running away the night before.

Police received a call around 10 a.m. saying a yelping, barking dog could be heard from the backyard of a home near the 5600 block of West Lewis Avenue.

When officers arrived on scene, they heard loud banging sounds in addition to a dog’s cries.

An officer jumped onto a fence to look into the yard and saw Nunez throwing rocks at Oso “like a baseball pitcher,” said Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a Phoenix police spokesman.

The officer also saw a rock hit the dog.

The dog tried to move away, but the police officer said Oso was tied to two tires with a piece of wire.

Police said Nunez ignored the officer’s orders to stop and swung a shovel at the dog. He eventually threw the shovel down and went back into his home.

When police tried to speak to Nunez, they said he initially refused to open his front door. However, after several minutes, he eventually came out of his house and was arrested.

Thompson said Nunez put up a struggle.

He was booked on suspicion of one count of animal cruelty, which is a felony.

Nunez had several misdemeanor warrants for his arrest.

Oso was turned over to the Arizona Humane Society.

It’s RSPCA week from 30 April until 6 May. And then after that, we can all forget about animal cruelty for another year.

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21 Responses to Dog eat dog

  1. Vicky says:

    :-((((((( It has taken me 4 attempts to get all the way through this post.
    Stopping to wipe away the tears, despising the fact that humans are capable of such vile acts, mind going off on a tangent as to what I can do.
    My first thought is I want to be there, and physically help these poor creatures, I want to hold them, let them feel a gentle hand on their stricken bodies, let them see that not all humans are bad, but that won’t solve the root of the problem.
    Give money to the people who are trying their best to help these dogs? OK it will help them to look after the few they do manage to rescue, but again, it won’t solve the initial problem.
    The animal abusers need educating that what they are doing is wrong. If they can be taught to see the undying love, devotion and trust that a dog gives, and build on this towards a partnership, instead of using it take advantage, only then will they start to see dogs as they should be…….mans best friend.
    I have just written this, with Jasper, head on my knee looking up at me. My friend knows I’m upset.


    • Sorry V. I did strip out all the vile photos, and I did leave this for some days before I posted. But I can’t stick my head in the sand and pretend everything is wonderful when it isn’t.

      I think education is a great point. There should be more respect for life, all types of life, human, animal, bird, insect, whatever. I’m not sure that as a species we have that respect any more (if we ever did).

      I can just imagine J with his head on your knee. 🙂 And probably thinking bad K for upsetting you.


  2. free penny press says:

    Oh my goodness… I want to vomit (sorry for the crudeness of words). While I can partially accept some cultures eating dogs for survival not even a minute part of me can accept such barbaric, horrific cruelty. I can only ask why? I don’t understand how someone can remotely begin to justify such behavior to a creature of this planet. I don’t even pull wings off of an annoying fly, how can one do this to a dog or cat..
    I have to stop because I just came back from a ride about town with my little doggie and to imagine him being treated in such a way makes me cry..
    A needed post just such a heartbreaking one. 😦


    • Thank you L. Your words aren’t crude at all, unlike the actions and words that I have included above.

      As I have said to V above, sorry about that. I know that many of my readers have similar views to me about many issues.

      I guess I posted it because I’m not sure we are getting anywhere with animal cruelty, poverty, abuse against women, pointless wars – well you get the drift.


  3. Totty says:

    Most people look at my husband in disbelief when he says that some of his countrymen eat dog, He particularly remembers it for sale in the form of air dried sausage….but hypocrisy? If you are against animals being eaten, then surely you are against all animals being eaten. Or are you saying that all things being equal, (husbandry and humane slaughter) that the dog is more equal than the pig?


    • Trust you to pick up on my little one-liner about hypocrisy. You know I’m vegetarian so yes, I’m against all animals being eaten. I do think the discrimination between not eating horses or dogs or cats but eating rabbit and fluffy lambs and curly tailed pigs is odd. We grow up with it I guess. Regardless of that, whatever anyone’s views, there is no need for any animal to suffer more than it has to.

      That is totally different to the ignorant American throwing rocks/cement/swinging a shovel at his tied up dog. Hardly surprising the dog ran away is it? Shame Oso didn’t make a better job of it, and I hope the Arizona Humane Society is a no-kill shelter. Poor dog, just no excuse for that sort of abuse at all.


      • Vicky says:

        Could the difference between horses and dogs compared to other animals possibly be something to do with the fact the they are what some may term as being ‘useful’ to man?


        • Interesting idea, and you could be right thinking about it. So basically animals are split into those who were originally ‘useful’ and those that were ‘food.’


        • Totty says:

          Vicky, yes, to a certain extent, but different animals are useful to different communities. To an Appenzeller on his alp, a cow or a goat was much more useful than superfluous dogs. Cows and goats supplied the milk needed for cheese; his livelihood and his food. Two dogs will give him willing herding and guarding service for ten or so years, but what of the pups that appear at regular intervals? Should they be knocked on the head at birth, or is he justified (in as much as he is not a vegetarian by choice but by circumstance) in raising them on Summer milk to provide a food source when milk production is low? As a boy in the 1930s my husband spent three months isolated on the alp with elderly relatives and the monotony of the diet took some getting used to. As useful as horses have been to man, horse meat is readily available throughout Europe. In my small town I know of at least three butchers that stock it. I respect anyone’s wish not to eat animals, I just find it quite illogical that having made the decision to eat animals it is considered barbaric to eat dog but not to eat pig, an animal considered by many to be more intelligent.


          • Vicky says:

            I appreciate the fact that all nations/religions look on animals in a different light.
            I don’t know enough about the Appenzeller people to comment on their way of life, but as it’s Switzerland, I wouldn’t have thought they are so far away from civilisation, to not have access to modern methods of birth control for the dogs. Hence there shouldn’t be any excess puppies to fatten up to eat, or are they in fact bred in excess for this reason?


          • Totty says:

            I think that these particular Swiss farmers would no more dream of using birth control on their dogs than they would on their cows. Commercial dog meat production is forbidden, but private individuals have the right to eat the meat as well as produce dog sausage and dried meat for their own use.


          • Vicky says:

            I’m totally speechless 😦


      • Totty says:

        Just think of me as a particularly picky editor…;-P
        I am entirely in agreement with you when it comes to needless suffering inflicted on animals. I did wonder why the Swiss had been singled out for the label hypocrites, but on a second reading it has occurred to me that the sentence might not have been aimed at the Swiss alone, but at the whole gamut of dog eaters; would you clarify please?


  4. Totty says:

    Html went a bit awry there!


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