By Dominick Mezzapesa
People who love dogs and who fight everyday to see the butchery in China, South Korea as well as other countries end, won a small victory as a popular food-delivery company banned restaurants that sell dog meat.
Ele.me, one of the country's largest food delivery services and backed by e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., announced that it has removed from its app and website about 300 restaurants that sell dog meat, citing food safety reasons.
"The reality is there are no quarantine and slaughter standards for dogs in the country, and the majority of dog meat on the market is untraceable," Ele.me said in a statement on its Sina Weibo account. “Dog meat is very likely to carry parasites and the rabies virus, posing a serious food safety risk" to customers.
The company also banned restaurants that sell food made of cat and snake meat for the same reason. In addition, Ele.me ended business with restaurants that serve cuisines using ingredients harvested from wild animals, such as shark fin, bear bile and bear's paw.
While Ele.me claims it “has no position on the moral debate over eating dog meat" and they reserved the right to cater to customers with different needs, their "Health Excuse" may just be their way of bowing out of the fight gracefully.
The real reason for the ban may have been triggered by the waves of complaints and protests from front line animal rights groups like The Humane Society International and PETA combined with pressure from web sites such as WidllifePlanet.net and animalsasia.org. while we at WildlifePlanet.net really don't care what excuse any of these food delivery services use as long as the slaughtering stops.
Not everyone was happy with the decision.
“So, if Muslims demanded you ban restaurants that serve pork dishes, would you do that too?" one internet user commented on the Ele.me's microblog post.
Others showed support for Ele.me's decision. “I'm not a big dog-welfare advocate, but most restaurants buy dog meat from people who make a living from stealing dogs and then poisoning them. I don't know how those customers are able to eat this," one internet user said.
One of the main themes of the people angry about the Ele.me, decision is to run back to their famous excuse of "What about America, they kill cows, chickens and other animals for food." Which of course is true, but there are three simple facts that quickly deflate their reasoning
We do not steal someones cow or chicken to make that night's dinner. Many of these dogs and cats are stolen pets.
Our food industry has strict standards and it seems each year, more and more "Meat Farms" are becoming free range or at least starting to treat their animals with more decency after years of protesting their cruel treatment.
We kill our food animals in the most humane manner. They do not feel any pain (I hope) but it's over in milliseconds. In China the morally bankrupt restaurants believe in torturing the animals because they feel it makes them taste better.
We wrote a story not long ago describe the video we saw a dog being thrown into a boil pot of water and then the men held down the cover as the dog screamed in agony and struggled to get out. We did not post the video because it was too gruesome.
The fight still goes on in trying to end this ungodly trade
A quick search for dog meat on Baidu's food delivery arm, Baidu Waimai, and Meituan, two major food delivery companies, still show restaurants that sell dog meat dishes. Now more than ever we must target these companies because they will fill the vacuum left when Ele.me made the right choice to ban dog and cat meat.
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