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Why We Eat Cows and Not Dogs

We love dogs and eat cows not because dogs and cows are fundamentally different–cows, like dogs, have feelings, preferences and consciousness–but because our perception of them is different. And, consequently, our perception of their meat is different as well.”-Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows

I started reading this book on Amazon to see if I want to buy it. Amazon usually allows you to read the first chapter of a book before you buy it. This sentence stood out to me. On my way home from school today I had to enter my apartment complex and right outside the pool gate two cute little dogs were playing with each other. I assume they live in the apartment that is right next to the pool gate. No humans were around so I had to figure out a way to get into the apartment complex without being followed by adorable dogs. Who seemed a little sad that I shut the door on them. They also were extremely friendly and wanted to play.

I thought to myself, why is it that people are outraged when people eat dog or cat but not when people eat cow, pig or chicken? Why is it that Americans find it repulsive when there is horse meat in their food but not when there is cow meat in their food? Like eating cows are somehow morally ok but eating horses or dogs isn’t. Because, in reality, there really isn’t a difference. They both are animals, they both want to live and they both can suffer. So they both should sound disgusting.

People ask me all the time if I miss eating meat, My answer is no because, to me, meat isn’t food.


Passionate vegan. Catholic.

4 thoughts on “Why We Eat Cows and Not Dogs

  1. Yeah, I sometimes find peoples animal welfare decisions inconsistent. What it is is that many people do not lump all animals together morally, the animal kingdom is mixed, companion animals are treated well (which includes horses). and traditional farmed animals are not. Rightly or wrongly there is a hierarchy. Though I agree with you that there shouldn’t be.

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