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Dogs and cats 'still eaten in Switzerland'
The Local ^ | 27 Dec 2012 | James Savage

Posted on 12/31/2012 3:58:52 AM PST by Daffynition

Eating Fido - or Tiddles - might be more commonly associated with China and Vietnam, but rustling up a slice of cured dog meat to enjoy as a snack is not unusual in rural areas of central and eastern Switzerland, Tages Anzeiger claims.

There are no statistics on the number of dogs and cats killed every year in Switzerland and social disapproval of dog-eating means the practice is shrouded in secrecy. No commercial abattoirs slaughter dogs or cats, but farmers in the Appenzell and St Gallen cantons in German-speaking Switzerland often slaughter the animals themselves.

The most popular breed of dog for eating is a close relative of the Rottweiler.

"There's nothing odd about it", one farmer in the Rhine Valley said. "Meat is meat."

(Excerpt) Read more at thelocal.ch ...


TOPICS: Food; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
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I liked the Swiss, until just now.
1 posted on 12/31/2012 3:58:57 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

I’ll pass on that. Predators and scavengers not on my menu.


2 posted on 12/31/2012 4:01:32 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Daffynition

Bronco Bama and his entourage should have vacationed in Switzerland.


3 posted on 12/31/2012 4:13:09 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Daffynition

Have had some very good horse there... “Grotto Crochi” sp?


4 posted on 12/31/2012 4:15:00 AM PST by Quick Shot
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To: Daffynition

5 posted on 12/31/2012 4:15:50 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Daffynition

What wines go best with Rottweiler?


6 posted on 12/31/2012 4:19:17 AM PST by Paleo Conservative (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get you.)
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To: Quick Shot

Decades ago, when the price of beef shot up, my butcher brought in horse meat. I tried it. IIRC, it was very lean and didn’t have much flavor. Of course there’s a good possibility I didn’t cook it properly. Its consistency was more like venison.


7 posted on 12/31/2012 4:19:50 AM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: Olog-hai

No pork for you?


8 posted on 12/31/2012 4:23:23 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Paleo Conservative

I always pair Beer with hot dogs.....seems like the thing to do. :(


9 posted on 12/31/2012 4:24:15 AM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: Daffynition

So that’s what all that yodeling noise is out in the boondocks.


10 posted on 12/31/2012 4:24:47 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Paleo Conservative

I don’t know, but you can pair a good brandy with a Saint Bernard.


11 posted on 12/31/2012 4:31:58 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Daffynition

In a lot of the world dogs are eaten.

I have always said do not get to attached to your dog you might have to eat him someday.

Here we are a very rich country and can be very picky about the meat we eat. So be it but a lot of dogs were eaten early on in this part of the world also.


12 posted on 12/31/2012 4:59:07 AM PST by riverrunner
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To: JoeProBono

I hate to have to point this out, but I don’t think any amount of armor is going to make that dog look tough.


13 posted on 12/31/2012 5:27:47 AM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Daffynition

Anyone have a picture of a young Barry Soetoro in liederhosen?


14 posted on 12/31/2012 5:49:13 AM PST by TonyInOhio
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To: riverrunner
I understand that. It's not that the Swiss have a shortage of cattle. KeSera.


15 posted on 12/31/2012 5:50:38 AM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: P.O.E.

What puzzles me, is that The Church has involved itself in this. With all the cover-up of molestation in the clergy ranks, this seems hypocritical. Talk about yodeling! :(


16 posted on 12/31/2012 5:54:09 AM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: Daffynition

Or dogs and cats


17 posted on 12/31/2012 5:56:58 AM PST by riverrunner
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To: JoeProBono
So cute! He looks like he's wearing snapping turtle shell.


18 posted on 12/31/2012 5:59:32 AM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: riverrunner

I leave it at the Swiss expertise with watches, chocolate, Emmentaler and pocket knives. :)


19 posted on 12/31/2012 6:12:01 AM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: Daffynition
"Meat is meat."

Yum, bbq swiss farmer is mighty tasty. The seret's in the sauce, ya know. Serve it up with a side of fava beans and you've got sumptin'. Has anyone seen Farmer Sven lately?

20 posted on 12/31/2012 6:21:32 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

It would need to be a very fine whine, indeed...


21 posted on 12/31/2012 6:21:42 AM PST by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Daffynition

Sounds like a trend started by the Chick fil-A cows to get them to eat less beef and, being there’s a shortage of chickens in Switzerland....


22 posted on 12/31/2012 6:25:07 AM PST by NY Cajun
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To: Daffynition

In Germany, in wartime, dogs were referred to as “blockade hamburger”.

However, there is a very interesting lesson to be learned with the abrupt end to (popularly) eating dog in the Philippines. It is the lesson of the “social sanction”, which exists in all human cultures.

The social sanction are the unwritten laws enforced by the people, and politicians crave to either want to put them into the written law and get credit for it, or change them and get credit for it. They vary by country and time.

In the Philippines, dog was for long seen as a delicacy, and was served at fine parties thrown by the wealthy. And by the middle class who wanted to impress their guests. And by the poor whenever they could afford it on special occasions.

But this all changed because of an American tabloid newspaper.

Needing to fill two pages, they created a spread about “The horror of eating dogs in the Philippines!” Otherwise unnoteworthy, it was a little different because it had a mini petition that readers could clip out, and which the tabloid promised to deliver to the Philippine embassy.

They got hundreds of thousands of those petitions mailed to them from across the US by dog lovers. And they were honest enough to package them up and send them to the Philippine embassy.

Who promptly tossed them.

But word got back to the Philippines that, “Americans think that eating dog is *unfashionable*.” Within a few weeks you could not find an upper class party where dog was served. And the middle class, looking to the upper class for trendiness, soon abhorred eating dog as something “only lower class people do.” They shunned dog meat as well.

Sure enough, the government was johnny on the spot, so outlawed the consumption of dog meat, so the poor couldn’t have it, either. Not that anyone cared about the written law.

Today, eating dog in the Philippines is restricted to rural areas and not bragged on any more than it is in Switzerland. Which shows the power of the social sanction.


23 posted on 12/31/2012 6:25:27 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Daffynition
The way the economy is going, we may not have a stray dog/cat problem in the forseeable future. All those folks who will be trapped in the cities will have to eat something.
24 posted on 12/31/2012 6:29:18 AM PST by MissMagnolia (.)
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To: Daffynition

So you would eat horse but not dog? Horses are nicer than dogs as a rule they are just too large to be house pets.

I like beef. Cows are dumb and hard to fall in love with.


25 posted on 12/31/2012 6:30:56 AM PST by tiki
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To: Daffynition
Here Kitty
26 posted on 12/31/2012 6:38:46 AM PST by SC DOC
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To: Daffynition; All

I find this story odd because farmers and rural people in German-speaking countries tend to love animals moreso than Americans. It is not unusual for a dairy farmer in those areas to “name” all of his cows, and affectionly treat them as “part of the family”. I find this “dog eating story” a bit hoax-y


27 posted on 12/31/2012 7:29:02 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Fiscal Conservatives are Neither)
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To: Daffynition
Coquilles de chat déchiqueté au four casserole dans et citron confit

Mmm, mmm good!

28 posted on 12/31/2012 7:37:07 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Fight on!)
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To: Daffynition

Lewis and Clark’s expedition West did well on dog meat. They even preferred it to horse meat.


29 posted on 12/31/2012 7:52:09 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (REOPEN THE CLOSED MENTAL INSTITUTIONS! Damn the ACLU!)
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To: Daffynition
This story is BS.

I lived in Switzerland for 2 years, and they don't eat dogs or cats...any more than Americans do.

It would be like someone interviewing Jeffrey Dahmer about his taste for human flesh and then writing an article about how Americans are secret cannibals, eating their neighbors behind closed doors.

Then after reading it you could say, I liked the Americans, until now.

Amazing how easy it is to slander an entire country...kind of like how the mass media uses the actions of a nut in CT to slander anyone who owns firearms.

30 posted on 12/31/2012 8:13:40 AM PST by eldoradude (Let's water the tree of liberty with THEIR blood...)
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To: Daffynition

My mom grew up in Austria during WW2 and how when meat rations became nonexistent “cat stew” began appearing on the menu. She said that when you made it you had to invite your neighbors, because if they smelled cooking meat they would hammer on your door, thinking you were hoarding something.


31 posted on 12/31/2012 8:23:43 AM PST by fattigermaster
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To: Daffynition
Scorecard:

OK - cows, pigs, chickens, hot dogs, birds, fish, ducks, snails, alligator, bison, shrimp, crab, oyster, squid, goat, lamb, rabbit, hot dogs, Slim Jims, etc, etc

NO WAY - cats & dogs

32 posted on 12/31/2012 8:24:38 AM PST by gdani
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To: tiki
Cows are kind of dumb, but if you interact with them on an individual basis, they can be quite personable. I raise horses but have no problem with those who eat horse meat. If the SHTF I might have to do it myself. Most of us older Americans have probably eaten horse meat with out knowing it.
33 posted on 12/31/2012 8:29:48 AM PST by Himyar
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To: exDemMom

The Beagle is one of the toughest. Their friendly nature hides it, but they are pound for pound one of the toughest dogs.


34 posted on 12/31/2012 8:40:37 AM PST by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: tiki
>>Horses are nicer than dogs...<<

Not from my personal experience. Had a horse once. Dumber than dirt. And he thought he was a house pet....forever tried to get into the house, via the back porch.

If it came down to brass tacks, of course, I would eat dog. Fortunately, it hasn't come to that.

35 posted on 12/31/2012 9:59:40 AM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: eldoradude

This article says otherwise....nor sure how scholarly it is: http://www.animalsandsociety.org/assets/265_podberscek.pdf

Eat the rich.


36 posted on 12/31/2012 10:12:33 AM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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It’s a smear article. I wouldn’t doubt that there are a few sickos in Switzerland who eat pets but if you changed the title to ‘Incest still practiced in Tennessee’ and based it on some sicko being arrested for molestation it would be about as fair to the reputation of the decent people of Tennessee as this one is to the Swiss. The title seems to imply that eating dogs and cats was once common, and it never was. Having a Swiss grandmother and as familiar as I am with the culture and recipes something like that would definitely have been notable because of the revulsion factor.


37 posted on 12/31/2012 12:12:49 PM PST by eldoradude (Let's water the tree of liberty with THEIR blood...)
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To: eldoradude
Speaking of the *revulsion factor*...


38 posted on 12/31/2012 1:10:01 PM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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