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CNN takes a bold stance on eating dog

CNN Opinion columnist John D. Sutter may be barking up the wrong tree with his latest op-ed.


Eric Geller

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 23, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 9:58 pm CDT

CNN Opinion columnist John D. Sutter may be barking up the wrong tree with his latest op-ed. It’s called “The argument for eating dog,” and it has turned Twitter positively rabid.

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:

@moneyries @themarkberman @datatheism I was going to have a steak before I read that. Now ill just see my dog on the plate.

— 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:

Might as well eat him RT @tnr A new study will make you feel oh-so-guilty for ignoring your puppy:

— 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:

leaked image of @jdsutter‘s new show #cnncooking #caninecooking

— Challenger (@bakedinapie) July 23, 2014

Photo by CMichel67/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Jul 23, 2014, 3:36 pm CDT