Dog meat is the flesh and other edible parts derived from dogs. Historically, human consumption of meat has been recorded in many parts of the world, including East and Southeast Asia, West Africa, Europe, Oceania and the Americas. In the 21st century, dog is consumed in many parts of China, Korea, and Vietnam.
Today, a number of cultures view the consumption of dog meat as part of their traditional and day-to-day cuisine, while others – such as Western culture – consider consumption of dog meat a taboo, although they have been consumed in times of war or other hardships. It was estimated in 2014 that worldwide, 25 million dogs are eaten each year by humans.
Dog meat in Vietnam cuisine
The meat of dog is particularly popular in the urban areas of the north, and can be found in special restaurants which specifically serve it. It is believed to bring good fortune in Vietnamese culture. It is seen as being comparable in consumption to chicken or pork. In urban areas, there are sections that house a lot of dog meat restaurants. Groups of customers, usually male, seated on mats, will spend their evenings sharing plates of meat and drinking alcohol. The consumption of dog can be part of a ritual usually occurring toward the end of the lunar month for reasons of astrology and luck.