Sutter’s piece starts by discussing the story of Southeast Asia’s illegal dog meat trade. He concedes that photos of dogs being shipped off for consumption in Vietnam are “difficult to view,” but he quickly segues into his main argument: We shouldn’t treat dogs any differently than we treat cows.
“I fear you’ll see [these] photos and think only one thing: How awful that people in Vietnam would eat these lovable, intelligent animals,” Sutter writes. “You’ll do what I did, which is to imagine your dog, or your childhood dog, in one of these cages.”
Sutter considers this to be a fallacious attitude. “Unless you’re vegetarian or vegan,” he writes, “you don’t have any moral high ground to stand on.”
In Sutter’s view, “eating dog could be seen as a reasonable alternative to pig, which is another highly intelligent animal, capable of being a companion to the likes of George Clooney.”
We wonder what George Clooney would say about eating dog meat. After all, he does think Mr. Fox is fantastic.
Sutter’s op-ed has inspired quite the discussion on Twitter, where people are:
Investigating CNN’s agenda:
— Conor O’Carroll (@cjocarroll) July 23, 2014
Noting the terrible timing:
On National Hot Dog Day no less
— Slade Sohmer (@SladeHV) July 23, 2014
Confessing their sins:
full disclosure: I have eaten dog and I now work at CNN.
— Mike Byhoff (@mbyhoff) July 23, 2014
Interpreting scientific studies:
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) July 23, 2014
And arguing that resistance is futile:
just keep freaking out about eating dogs, white people. in 20 years you’ll have overpriced microwaveable dog at Trader Joe’s
— sarah jeong (@sarahjeong) July 23, 2014
After all, Sutter’s Twitter profile gives away his true passion:
(The underdog is, of course, the most tender part of the dog.)
Photoshop whiz Jason Reed gave Sutter a new profile pic:
— Challenger (@bakedinapie) July 23, 2014
Photo by CMichel67/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)