Man Eats Dog – Council Euthanasias Puppies
A Tongan family living in New Zealand killed a pet dog and prepared it for roasting. The nation is horrified.
Mr Taufa inherited a pitbull cross dog from a relation. It was skinny and unruly. After the dog attempted to bite family members on more than one occasion the decision was made to put the dog down.
Tongan culture is such that eating a dog is normal. Mr Taufa humanely killed the pitbull cross and was preparing it for a traditional roasting when the fire brigade burst in because of a report of heavy smoke (a result of the traditional Umu). Then SPCA were called and confiscated the dogs remains much to Mr Taufa’s surprise.
In Tonga it is common place for families, especially poor families, to eat dog meat. In New Zealand it is not illegal to humanely kill a dog and there is no law against eating it. But the nation was horrified – especially the SPCA.
A few days later there is another news report. This time it is of a council killing six “harmless” rottweiler puppies yesterday because of their breed, while the dogs’ aggressive mother was returned to its owners for a fee.
The puppies were housed in the kennels of The Southland Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals. The society were angry that they had been used a death row for the puppies.
The only crime the six week old puppies committed was being born rottweiler. Their mother threatened some children which attracted the attention of animal control officers.The dog’s owners paid the fine for the mother but did not wish for the return of the puppies.
The execution of the puppies went ahead despite the SPCA offering to re-home them.
Which culture has the most horrific pedigree?
Is it wrong for the hungry to eat an unruly dog?
Is it right for a council to destroy 6 week old puppies that happen to be born the wrong breed?