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Caterer Corrects The Metro – He didn’t buy *dog* meat

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He just bought the flesh of other animals morally indistinguishable from dogs instead, which apparently makes everything better.

Royly Da Silva, owner of an Indian food catering company, was supposedly “caught” buying dog meat out the back of a van. The reality of the situation is that Silva’s company sells “meat for both humans and dogs to eat.” According to this Media Ethics article, his company had failed to label the bags correctly and subsequently, Silva had to “destroy a half-ton of meat” after being unable to identify which flesh was for human consumption and which was for dog consumption.

Silva was pretty angry with the Metro and had them amend their initial article multiple times. The initial note – to the displeasure of Silva – read “Indian chef’s meat delivery turns up in a pet food van.” Silva complained that this had essentially made the story too ambiguous and that instead of stating it as fact, the story had degraded into a “he said-she said” situation. Because heaven forbid people are led to believe that someone is selling dog meat alongside cow. How truly different, right?

The most recent Metro note reads:

“The headline in an earlier version of this article stated ‘Indian food chef caught buying dog meat’. The article has since been amended and we would like to make clear that the court did not hear that Mr da Silva was caught purchasing dog meat.”

Once again, the false moral distinction drawn between certain types of animals has been perpetuated. People go back to feeling relieved, reassured that there is no dog in their meal, as they munch on the corpses and down the secretions of animals who have every bit as much moral value as the animals we fetishize. For all animals, go vegan.

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