A place for two of our editors to debate a chosen topic.
Question: Should dog meat be banned in Korea?
By Paul, Jaeeun.
Pro - Jaeeun
I would like to start my argument with a question: If there was dog meat in front you for lunch, and you were hungry, would you still eat it? I would assume that most of you said “No”, regarding the fact that dog meat isn’t a common food that we eat, and in fact, it sounds pretty unappetizing.
Dog meat may be part of the Korean culture, where the older generations are not really aware of the moral issues that follow the process of killing these dogs and bringing them on the table. However, we cannot ignore the dog slaughters that occur so brutally and gruesomely. Many of these slaughtered dogs are strays and abductees, or are bred and raised for that one purpose. When they are transported to the restaurants, they are transported on filthy, overcrowded trucks, which significantly increases the risk that they carry rabies and other contagious diseases. This is not good for the human’s body. Moreover, the ways that the dog-traders sell these creatures are very inhumane, and one can easily get access to the pictures of them being beaten, strangled, and boiled.
Besides, they are known to be “man’s best friend” and are bred for pets instead of food. One might argue that dogs were livestock in the beginning, and it’s just a cultural influence that has affected the people’s minds that dogs are men’s companions. Also, they might claim that they aren’t even smarter or gentler than pigs, and so it is unfair for pigs to be slaughtered mercilessly while dogs are taken care of. But one should keep in mind that pigs and cows are grown to be eaten. They are bred to be raised and become the meat that we consume, which is what we have in our mindsets as well. We cannot ignore the thoughts that carry off in the back of our minds, that dogs are not meant to be eaten. Someone might call it a “stereotypical” wrong mindset, but that’s how it is set in our minds, and we cannot ignore that.
Con - Paul
The issue regarding dog meat is controversial in South Korea. It is a very sensitive topic, and my heart goes out to whomever owns dog as a pet. Yet, today, I am here to assert that dog meat should be allowed in South Korea.
To begin with, the practice of eating dog meat is integrated in the traditions of South Korea. So, even if it is not familiar in Western culture, it is not wrong, and no one has the right to interfere with the preferences of other people just because they find it peculiar. Simply denouncing the culture based on one’s own conception of the topic is to implicitly express one’s superiority over the others.
And of course, the critic of dog meat will respond by saying that it involves ethical issues and that dogs are the “friends” of humans. But, it is not wrong to eat dog meat, at least in the Christian ethics, as Genesis 9:3 states, “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.” As for people, who try to appeal to emotion by saying that dogs have feelings and face terrible death, is dog the only animal that has emotions? I mean, there are millions of other animals like cows and pigs that are brutally slaughtered to be served as food for human beings.
In this regard, why is there only compassion when it comes to killing dogs for food when killing other animals for food is justifiable for the critic? Also, is it in the hands of humans to control which animal to eat and which one to not when God gave us all animals as foods? People share different mindsets about eating dog meat. But, just because one has different mindset does not mean that others have to follow it too.