I’ve never understood why some bourgeois Chinese make an issue of eating dog. I mean, I get that pet owners might develop less of an appetite, but staging demonstrations? Rescue missions? What do they care? It seems so … unChinese. Well, turns out there’s an interesting historical and social angle to dog’s as pets that I’d missed before, and that’s why eating dog can be such a sensitive issue in China: â€œDuring the Cultural Revolution, having a pet was seen as a capitalist activity. Only the rich and arrogant had dogs and allowed them to bite poor people. So thereâ€™s this implication that if you treated pets well, you will treat those who are weaker badly.â€ See: Eating Dog In China. It’s Very Complex. Very. and Chinese dog eaters and dog lovers spar over animal rights.
Our own dog-eating experiences are here: