There are around 16 million pet cats and dogs in the UK. Yet in other parts of the world and in different periods of history cats and dogs were and are considered a food source. In parts of Asia dogs and cats are bred specifically for food, as well as in present day Switzerland, where the practice is legal yet classed as a ‘matter for personal conscience’.
So why, in the UK, is this idea repellent? It may be because since the 18th century we have reared these animals to be social companions and humanised them, or because dogs have been used to hunt or to guide the blind and partially sighted. In the past humans have also relied on animals such as horses for transport and assistance during war.
Would you eat these animals? Why do you think we have a problem with eating dogs, cats or horses in the UK? Please leave a comment below to join in the discussion!