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16 Cultures Around The World Where Dogs Are Part Of The Cuisine

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Whether it's religious, cultural, or just a long-standing tradition, foods made with dog meat are still served in many countries worldwide. From soups to just the meat, some cultures that eat dog meat rely on this source of nourishment just as other cultures lean on beef and pork as a staple of their cuisine.

In Western cultures, consuming dog meat is frowning upon. To tell the truth, people who eat dog meat are often shamed or scorned for their dietary choices. Because of this, it might seem horrifying that dog meat dishes are the norm in other countries, but that doesn't change the fact that different cultures have different norms. Raising cattle on grains in factory farms, while common in America, is apalling to many other cultures around the globe, for example.

Whether you can accept people who eat dogs meat or not, you have to admit the concept is kind of morosely fascinating. So, let's take a look at different ways that dog meat is eaten around the world.

  • Dog Meat in Burkina Faso Is a Cultural Luxury

    Dog meat may sound like something that only the very poor or desperate might eat, but such is not the case in Burkina Faso. This small African country has a long history of eating and preparing dog meat, and much of it centers around family, friendship, and bonding. The meat is seasoned, then boiled in water and eaten by male friends as a sign of kinship. Dog may also be eaten if someone has had a dream of death, as a sacrifice and a way of warding off death.

    Depending on different family traditions and norms, dog meat is sometimes not consumed at all. However, when it is, it's considered a delicacy that is to be handled and prepared with the utmost care. It may not be openly and widely served in restaurants, but among families, dog still remains a treat worth looking forward to. 

  • In Poland, Dog Lard Is Considered Medicinal

    In Poland, rather than focusing on eating the muscle or flesh of the animal, some people use dog fat in order to make lard. It is believed that dog lard has medicinal uses, mostly involving joint pain and body aches. Cat lard is also used in a similar fashion. Nowadays, the practice is mostly frowned upon, and there have been arrests made for cruelty to dogs, involving fattening them up to the point where they cannot stand.

    Still, the practice of making dog lard still exists in some parts of Poland. 

  • In Ghana, Dog Meat Is Believed to Have Spiritual Value

    Although dog meat has recently become popular in some parts of Ghana, its original consumption was done for sociopolitical reasons. Dogs are sometimes eaten because it is believed to keep your body in safe. The dog protects you faithfully in life, and in death, when eaten, he will guard your flesh as well. The meat is also a delicacy and can be served in stews or boiled, so the meat is soft and tender. 

  • Some Cultures Believe That a Tortured Dog Tastes Better

    Even if no other parts of this list turned your stomach, this part might make you feel pretty uneasy, so be warned. In parts of China, Vietnam, and Thailand, dogs are slaughtered regularly for consumption, as they are part of customary diets. Unfortunately, some methods of slaughter in these parts are pretty horrifying.

    There is a belief in certain circles that adrenaline, particularly the kind from fear, makes the meat taste better and be more tender. In order to get this result, dogs are sometimes tortured before death. They can be beaten to death slowly, boiled alive, or caused severe pain before slaughter, which is supposed to make the meat better so it can be sold at a higher price. Traditional, customary, religious, or not, many other cultures and groups do not approve of this practice, and many are moving to make it illegal.