How many of you have read the Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy books? This discussion on anonymous meat and all reminds me so much of the final chapters in book 2, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. That was my fave in the series.
Zaphod Beeblebrox had a point when Arthur Dent was all freaked out about the cow modeling delicious parts of her wanting to be eaten and assuring him that she'd be killed humanely. Zaphod asked if Arthur'd feel better if he was eating steak from a cow that didn't want to be slaughtered?
Fill me in! Sounds amusing. xD
In regards to...
Would eating a dog really be that bad? It's not like you knew it, kept it as a pet or anything. It's anonymous meat, there is no need to be sentimental about it. A dog isn't worth more than a pig, unless you're talking about the sentimental value only a pet can have.
I suppose if I had a pet elephant, for example, and grown attached to it then I'd be upset on it becoming a full course meal (which would probably feed a village... for a month).
Hell, same goes for a pet duck, even though its a delicacy.