The metro in Guangzhou, a province known for its dog consumption, has rolled out a campaign against dog and cat meat consumption, with the message “dogs and cats are friends, not food.” Because apparently if you’re one of the more endangered, less sustainably-harvested animals on the Chinese menu, “screw you, because you’re not cuddly enough” we guess. SCMP reports:
Guangzhou’s masses of morning commuters were today greeted with the confronting message: “What you just put into your mouth could have been a loyal guardian who defended a family home”. The posters are part of a campaign by NGO Animals Asia to put a stop to the practise of eating dog and cat meat in China.
The posters were put online on Animals Asia’s weibo account and have been shared more that 20,000 times.
The ongoing campaign aims to “inform the public of the health risks of eating dog and cat meat and to prompt people to re-evaluate why they’d eat animals they might otherwise consider friends not food”, according to Animals Asia
To be fair, the campaign does point out the greater issue that the origins of many dogs and cats are dubious at best seeing as many are abducted from pet owners, and are not designated food dogs or cats. Cats are often pawned off as rabbit and other meats. So there’s the whole health risk thing.
However, this issue isn’t limited to dogs and cats, but rather affects meat consumption as a whole in China, with Cultural revolution-era chicken feet, lamb that’s really rat, bad pork, the list goes on.
There’s also the issue of the inhumane way dogs and cats are treated in captivity, but once again, NOT limited to dogs or cats. Throw up as many pics of dogs and cats cooped up in cages as you’d like, other domestic animals have it as bad or worse all over the world.
What about dog intelligence, you say. Pigs are shown to be just as smart or smarter.
So as much as it pains us to side with the vegetarians, a better campaign would have been against meat consumption in general. Though in this case, it would probably still behoove campaigners to use dogs and cats as the posterboys. A photo of mudskippers in a cage doesn’t exactly tug at the heart strings the same way.