In my younger years, while serving in the U.S. Air Force, I served a one year tour of duty in South Korea. When we went to the local town for some R&R [rest and relaxation], it was common to see the locals roasting a dog over an open fire. I also recall many years later, about an incident that was reported in our local newspaper, involving a family who was cited for also cooking a dog in their back yard. What was disturbing about the incident is that the dog on the spit belonged to their neighbor, who was upset watching ‘fluffy’ cooked on the barbie.
In a more recent report, police in Western New York found a marinated cat in the trunk of a vehicle they had stopped. The cat’s owner said he was preparing the cat for a feast because the cat was “possessive, greedy, and wasteful.”
The article also stated that:
Is there a legal way to cook and eat a cat?
Maybe in some places, but not New York. Few states have specific laws barring the use of pets for food. The ones that do typically ban the slaughter or sale of dog and cat meat. The state of New York expressly prohibits “any person to slaughter or butcher domesticated dog (canis familiaris) or domesticated cat (felis catus or domesticus) to create food, meat or meat products for human or animal consumption.” It’s not clear whether the eating itself is outlawed or only the butchery. If you managed to buy dog or cat flesh from someone else who broke the anti-slaughter law, you might be OK. The law also doesn’t cover ferrets, gerbils, parakeets, or other less familiar pet species. (Although the general anti-cruelty law might protect exotics.)
California’s anti-pet-eating law has a broader reach. It bars possession of the carcass, so having bought your cat steaks from someone else wouldn’t be a useful alibi.
On the other end of the spectrum are states like Missouri, where very few restrictions are placed on when, why, and how an owner can kill his pet. In these areas, it would be difficult to lock up a cat-eater, unless his chosen means of slaughter were particularly inhumane.
My first thought was get the rope. Anyone who thinks eating their pet cat or dog is OK needs some serious mental help.
What do you think?
Comments as always are welcome.