Do Filipinos Eat Dog?
‘Asians Eat Dog Har Har Har!’ – we’ve all heard that stereotypical joke at some point. Tell some corny person that you ate at a Chinese restaurant and you are just totally setting him up for some hilarious eating dog joke.
So far in my three years in Asia there has only been one time where I have ever even heard anyone mention eating dog. It was back in Cambodia.
A mototaxi guy who showed me around when I first arrived asked me if I wanted to go to a BBQ. I said no thanks and he said ‘but there will be dog to eat there‘ as if that would sell me on it.
Do They Eat Dog in the Philippines?
I recently got asked if do people eat dog here in the Philippines. About the time of the Yulin Dog festival in China being in the news.
So far it’s never been brought up and I’ve never seen it happening. Of course that may be because it is illegal and if anyone gets caught serving dog they face the massive fine of TWENTY FOUR WHOLE DOLLARS!
According to this article where they mention the $24 fine, there are almost 300,000 dogs a year eaten every year in the Philippines.
It says about $4 million/year is made in the dog eating trade, so $11 a dog. They even say that some of the restaurants that serve dog are patronized by Government leaders.
Some organizations are working hard to try and take down the dog meat trade and they recently found 60 places that served it on Northern Luzon alone.
Other links online say it’s very rare but happens in some rural areas and they call the dish Kalderatang Aso, ‘dog stew’.
I still haven’t checked out ‘Nam, but the stories on this Vietnam sex blog I read have me wanting to go there one day.
Not to eat dog, but I hear that’s standard over there. My other mate recently ate it in Hanoi and blogged about it.
Update: now I’ve been to Vietnam, more info here.
I Like Dogs
Dogs are pretty awesome. Even though the street dogs here can be a bit scary at times when a pack of them comes rushing down the street towards you for seemingly no reason I still don’t hate them.
Even when the ones on the beach in Cambodia scared me so much that I had to jump in the ocean with my clothes and shoes on to get away from them I didn’t have any desire to eat them.
People shouldn’t eat dogs. Dogs shouldn’t eat people. Seems pretty simple to me.