Sunday, February 12, 2006

Tainted Meat – Dog and Otherwise

Watched Jet Li's Born to Defence and had a late dinner. Some strange sounds were heard outside. Turns out that some of the local men including Albert and Odoy had gotten their hands on a pig that had passed away at one of the local pig farms. It hadn't been eating and so it died.

These two, both quite drunk, cleaning a piglet by oil lamp light, jury-rigged from some oil and a Tanduay rum bottle. The pig couldn't be more than two-weeks old, and is just about the size of 1-year-old child. I don't think I'll be eating any of the late night snack they procure from it for fear of perishing shortly thereafter.

Speaking of unsavoury and possibly dangerous snack food I recently learned that Filipinos share their love of dog meat with their Korean cousins. I mention this as a dangerous pastime merely because in the Philippines it is not lawful to sell dog meat and so the meat is not regulated.

Therefore, it is quite easy to find yourself contracting rabies and perishing, as a young girl did last just last week. She had eaten some dog meat at her neighbour’s house. I believe that her parents delayed too long the visit to the doctor – I’m pretty sure that a timely visit to the hospital would have prevented her death.

The articles that I saw regarding this poor girl in both The Philippine Inquirer and The Philippine Star both erroneously attributed this young girl’s death to the practise of eating dogs. Were the eating of dog legal, as it should be, the government would be responsible for providing appropriate regulatory agencies to provide for public safety to avoid the sale and harvesting of tainted meat.

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