by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Eats
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Oh boy.

While Jonathan Rhys Meyers was out in rural China shooting his latest film The Children of Huang Shi, the actor decided to try the local delicacies — which included dog meat. Unfortunately, his co-star Radha Mitchell let drop that bit of information and now Meyers has found himself at the other end of the PETA attack. From the article,

“She [Radha Mitchell] says, ‘The challenge was ordering lunch and getting chicken claws, just these weird things that you don’t expect and you’re not used to so you’re constantly adjusting. Jonathan did the dog’s meat. We were in some restaurant and there was dog meat on the menu and there was someone next to us just sitting there with their Chihuahua in a handbag. I was thinking, ‘That could’ve been dessert.’”

While I’m sure eating dog meat is pretty similar to chicken or cow, dogs certainly hold a special place in our hearts; something not lost on PETA. Said spokesman Michael McGraw, “They should take a look at what’s on their own plates. Chickens and cows may not be as cute and cuddly as puppies, but when it comes to their ability to feel pain and suffer, they are no different from animals people call pets. The best way to avoid harming any animals is simply not to eat them and go veggie.”

In case you didn’t know via Green Daily

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • http://www.messwithtexas.com Jess

    I am always so torn with these issues….it’s bad to eat meat, but living in rural poor areas makes it harder to go veggie. PETA needs to focus on celebs who are going to pinks rather than get all huffy at someone just trying to explore local food.

  • http://brainyblonde.com Erin

    I have to agree with Jess on this one although I still think it’s good to point out Meyer’s dog eating episode.

    But yes, what it all boils down to is eating a pig is not different than eating a dog.

    That’s why I choose to not eat either.

  • http://myspace.com/melsheadspace/ Mel

    It’s not that hard to go vegan in poorer areas if they can grow some sufficient food. The issue is getting sufficient B12. They can eat as many veggies as they can get their hands on, but without that nutrient, they will succumb to neurological disorders. That is one of the many reasons that people who live in poor urban areas of India have so many problems of that nature.

  • idiid

    I just heard that I had ate a dog when I was a kid ans still living in China (I’m adopted). I almost puked, I was eating a chicken salad in a restaurant then, guess what I didn’t eat from the plate? I haven’t been able to eat meat since then. So I’m vegetarian now.