Saturday, January 27

Domestication of the savage humans

mood: infuriated
music: Redemption song, Positive vibrations - Bob Marley; Photograph, Only trust your heart- Astrud Gilberto

STOP EATING DOGS! I cannot make myself look into that disgusting frontpage picture of dog meat chunks placed in several huge washbasins. It makes me puke and feel ashamed to be part of this race.

I recently found out through my mom that the local police raided the wet market of Quiapo for trying to sell dog meats. And being the owner of 5 dogs, i felt really disgusted and infuriated. Is it not enough that we have pork, beef, chicken etc. to satisfy the monsters inside us? Or is it that we have yet to kill another specie and screw our mind to think that it is normal?

I have been busy lately with and posted a discussion there about killing and then eating dogs. Luckily, several people from different parts of the globe were human enough to respond, one said that, "What's the difference in eating pigs and rabbit anyway, it's all the same. it just depends on people's customs."

Is it not the fallacy of Tu qoque to say, that we can eat dogs because we eat beef, pork, chicken etc.? If we all think this way, then i will not be surprised that in the next 30years, we will all be eating each other. Customs are not always contingent of humanity's wisdom and knowledge, and can always be restructured in order to hear the lack of a voice of several dogs. -Or animals in a broader scale.

Several times i have tried to see beyond the usual kingly attitude of Koreans, even tried to convince myself to make friends with some of them to know the beauty of their culture, but felt a rapid blood surge when i learned that Korea legalized the killing of dogs a long time ago and considered dogs to be a delicacy, not a companion. I respect their culture but it is one thing to eat dogs in korea and another to eat dogs here.

I hope i am just assuming, but why do i feel that, since Koreans are fast growing here in our country, they themselves are behind the readily available slabs of dog meat in Quiapo? I do not think that filipinos will want to see and eat dogs in their everydayness, even though they eat dogs during special occassions in the provinces. I hope i am right by saying this, but filipinos still have compassion for this animal who is never hesitant and always excited to hug us whenever we get home, this animal who never gets tired of loving us even though we leash them like some fierce creature. If you think about it, they should be the one leashing us for the crass display of the beast inside us. But even if they were to trade positions with us, i will put my life on a wager that they will not reduce us into something as worthless as a human toy, only to be played and be eaten later. Because to them, we have been their companions- from the domestication of their wolves ancestor until now- and companions do not eat each other.

I really want the lack of a voice of these dogs to be heard, in memory of Spike, my labrador who had died in the same cruel way.

These tears in my eyes are nothing compared to what these dogs have suffered, to what Spike felt when she was hung like some worthless beast. They have suffered long enough, and we should be doing something more efficient to stop this.

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