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Let Them Eat Dog

on English 1 Expository Writing

by Taylor Nathanson

Let Them Eat Dog details the morals of eating our canine companions. As far as I am concerned, there is no reason to not eat dog. If you don't want to eat it, like me, then don't. If you want to butcher scout, go ahead. I think that the fundamental reason behind most food choices are cultural. While culture may be contrived through the logical food choices that were available to our ancestors, certain food groups were removed due to religion. Now, those food groups are logically viable and there should be not to eat it right? Wrong. The social stigmatization of eating man's best friend is deep. I think that this essay isn't a grand critique on our dog eating social structure, I think it is much more a a critique on what we eat as a whole. While there is very little logic behind our food choices, the culture forces are very great. I think that this essay aims to force the reader to question the impact of our food choices on the global environment and to detail the fact that logic plays very little role.

on English 1 Expository Writing

by Julien Guiot

The article “Let Them Eat Dog” by Jonathan Foer analyzes differences in cultural norms about food through the discussion of eating dogs. However, Foer also fails to effectively support his argument of why we should eat dog. Foer asks the interesting question of why we don’t eat dog in his article. He asks whether it is not ok to eat companions, but then says that we would still be bothered if people without dogs as pets at them. He asks whether we should not eat animals with significant mental capacity. He then points out that pigs are just as intelligent and clever as dogs are but we do not think twice about eating them. By asking all of these questions around why we don’t eat dog, Foer is able to ask how our social norms are created. In some places such as China, India or the Philippines it is perfectly acceptable to eat dog yet here in the United States it is seen as a taboo. Foer throughout the whole article argues that we should eat dog here in the United States. He claims that it is much like the other animals we eat and that both people in the past and other cultures still eat dog and treat as a delicacy. While these are valid claims, Foer says that we should incorporate dog into our diets by eating the million of dogs that are euthanized each year. Yet this seems like a highly impractical and unethical way of turning peoples companions into food. Often the dogs that are euthanized are being euthanized for a previous health reason which means that they often wouldn’t taste good and would be a health hazard to the humans eating them.

"Let Them Eat Dog" Response

on English 1 Expository Writing

by Noah Cutler

Foer makes several strong cases for the addition of dog as a commonplace food in modern society. It is more sustainable, it would put an end to the nonsensical middle step of our current food chain where dogs are fed to cows before we eat them, but perhaps most importantly (if Foer wants to actually convince anyone to try it) is that it does not even taste that bad. Well in June of 2012, on a trip to China, I ate dog for dinner. And Foer is right; it was not that bad. The problem, however, is that it is not that good either. Otherwise, the meal was excellently prepared, but when it came to the small bite I ate was simply not good enough to get over the fact that it was a dog (I have 2 dogs). Regardless of taboo, food is food, and taste should always be a deciding factor in the debate of whether or not to eat it, and it was just not up to snuff. And I don’t think I am alone in my judgement of taste. In his essay, Foer notes the many different “properties” that dog meat possesses. Strength, virility, good luck, medicine; all of these point to the same conclusion. People, for a long, long time, have been making that same excuse to get over eating other animals or parts of animals that would otherwise be less appetizing. For example, in Puerto Rico, it is considered a libitio boost if you eat a long, stringy, slippery nerve in a conch. I tried it, and you can guess how it tasted. But you what nobody says gives you superpowers? A porkchop.

News & Views: First Ebola case is reported in the U.S.

on Great Diseases

by Desislava Raytcheva

The U.S. has now reported the first Ebola case diagnosed in the country. The patient arrived in Dallas from Liberia a few weeks ago. Read more about the case on the NPR website. Authorities are certain they will […]

Fletcher Reads

on The Fletcher School - Admissions News and Updates

by Jessica Daniels

I've been out of the office for half of each of the last two weeks.  Then Monday, Christine and I were at the Boston Idealist Grad School Fair together.  By the time I left the office yesterday for a panel […]