These Londoners Were Offered ‘Dog Meat’. See How They Reacted.

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As the summer bank holiday weekend approaches, activists have taken to Trafalgar Square to show that flesh is flesh and that roasting a pig or cow is really no different to grilling a dog or cat.

Whilst the “dog” roasting on the spit was actually made of seitan – a tasty meat alternative made from wheat – the stunt certainly raised concerns from passers-by when they were offered a sample. But if the thought of eating dog meat sends shivers down your spine, why eat the flesh of any animal, since all have the capacity to experience fear and pain?


  • Jana commented on August 26, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Is no difference between dog – pig – cow.
    All animals can feel pain same as human.
    We don’t have the right to kill them and eat them not even abuse them !
    Animals were on this planet before us – humans and we should protect and respect them .
    That’s reason why I’m vegan .

    • Ben Willard commented on August 27, 2016 at 5:53 am

      well done, do you want a paper hat.

      • Karen commented on September 9, 2016 at 7:44 pm

        Guess your no animal lover

      • Yasmin commented on September 9, 2016 at 9:37 pm

        why the sarcasm Ben Willard?

      • Nicki commented on September 10, 2016 at 12:35 pm

        it’s because of ignorant people like you there is animal suffering

      • Martin Reifinger commented on September 13, 2016 at 3:48 pm

        The worst thing you can do in this world is to destroy a living being without necessity, because there is nothing as valuable as life.

      • Paul London commented on September 14, 2016 at 3:09 pm

        Sarcasm Ben Willard when people are joining together to stop abuse and cruelty ?

      • Norma commented on September 15, 2016 at 3:12 pm

        Why are you reading and commenting to a vegan site if you think its ok to eat animals no matter the breed does it make you feel powerful?

    • Diane Amara commented on August 27, 2016 at 6:40 am

      So true animals should not be killed for meat it’s barbaric

    • kathryn cheek commented on August 27, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Chinese, Koreans, Cambodians, Balinese, Indonesians, Nagaland India, and many other nations including some Swiss, love to eat dog and cat meat. Over 5 million dogs are consumed in Asia, after meeting a brutal torturous death. I suggest people put Dog meat trade in a YouTube search engine, you will be truly appalled, but for dogs and cats in these counties it is a terrible reality.

      • Elizabeth Eggar commented on September 10, 2016 at 11:20 am

        Dogs and cats are deliberately tortured to make them suffer maximum pain, as this is supposed to make the meat better.
        In Africa, especially in Zulu culture, when animals are slaughtered in rituals, they meet very cruel deaths. It is believed that the more noise and animal makes, the better the ancestors feel. The SPCA has tried to get ritual killing outlawed, go no avail, being accused of racism. The best they have been able to do is to monitor the killings, so that cruelty can be charged. It is quite distressing when the neighbour slaughters in his garden. The bellowing of the poor animal can go on for ages as it is slowly made to suffer. About time PETA had something to say about this custom as well!

    • hsiao fong lin kane commented on August 29, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      5 stars, I agreed!!

    • donna commented on September 7, 2016 at 4:07 am

      I really i wish i was, to be honest, but many circumstances prevent me from being so. my location where there are no vegetarian restos to go, i hardly cook at home, etc. etc. i tried to be a vegetarian before, made me more feel healthy. i owned a house near a slaughter house where i could hear the pigs being slaughtered during the night till early mornings screaming for help and i could do nothing but cry. i had to install an airconditioning unit to keep myself from hearing them until finally, i sold that house.

      • Jemima commented on September 9, 2016 at 6:18 pm

        So sad, your comment is starting to make me cry.

      • Yasmin commented on September 9, 2016 at 9:39 pm

        Dear Donna, just keep trying. It’s not easy to switch but it gets easier as you learn more about how to feed yourself without meat. Then one day you realise you couldn’t eat it anymore anyway if you tried. Keep trying. xx

      • Lesley Blissett commented on September 10, 2016 at 12:15 pm

        I am a Vegan and live in a very rural area, there is absolutely nowhere I could go to eat out, I love dining out, but the thought of an animal being killed so that I can CHOOSE to eat meat to me is totally unacceptable. I have to make nearly everything I eat as I cannot buy ready made quorn foods, vegan cheese or such like where I live. It is 86 miles to the nearest shopping centre, with much of the journey being over single track roads with passing places, so the journey takes a good 2.5 hours and even more in the summer when you have tourists looking at the views and travelling at 25 – 30 miles an hour, often only 10 – 15 miles per hour on the single track roads, a good 3 – 3.5 hours in the summer – each way! In spite of this there is no way I would eat meat or any animal products, I am a Vegan and will always be a Vegan however difficult it might be!

      • Julia Savory commented on September 12, 2016 at 10:04 am

        I would like to suggest that if you can’t become a vegetarian or vegan that you aim to reduce the amount of animal you eat first. And make the most ethical choices you can. Simple questions at meat counters help – i.e. ‘Mr Butcher – is this meat local? Was it slaughtered locally? Where was it slaughtered?’ Even just reducing your impact on animals will help. When you start asking these questions and thinking about the answers you might start asking your local restaurants if they can come up with something that doesn’t contain animal – like a bean stew for mexican dishes, lentil dishes as curries, veggies and nut stir fry for chinese dishes. I’ve transitioned to a meat free diet over the last couple of months and it’s just been about rethinking my choices…

      • Rozzy commented on September 12, 2016 at 10:30 am

        Donna, please can you let me know where this slaughter house is that you mentioned.
        We all need to put prayers and/or wshes out to the universe for the human race to have a change of heart for the better towards all animals on this planet, in these changing times it’s now possible. We all need more compassion in our conciousness too. I believe there is a turning tide, the time is right!

    • Rita commented on September 9, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      All animals feel pain and fear, just like you and me.
      If you feel fear of dying, then please go veggie and fight against killing any animals.

    • rita uljee commented on September 9, 2016 at 6:29 pm


    • Mark Frith commented on September 10, 2016 at 11:13 am

      If more people ate a plant based diet then our world be a far healthier more loving spiritual place.

      The meat processing industry causes untold suffering to millions of factory farmed animals every day. These barbaric practices are not only inhumane but require every animals to be force fed a diet of growth hormones, antibiotics and the re-rendered remains of other animals, turning herbivores into carnivores. These poor animals are then subjected to further distress. Transported vast distances by road and rail to slaughter houses were their fearful screaming can be heard by day and night.

      If meat eaters were given the whole story of the food on their plates. Told about the levels of growth hormones and antibiotics causing serious health problems and antibiotic resistance then perhaps they could make a more informed choice.

    • Anna Lockwood commented on September 10, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      Its a selfish and barbaric act to take the life of any living creature
      There are so many forms of Foods

    • pamela purnell commented on September 11, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      I hear your compassion and applaud your humanity we need more like minded people to share this planet with.

    • Karen O'Reilly commented on September 11, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      I totally agree we should not be killing animals for our consumption. They should be respected and loved not tortured and murdered or experimented on. Why can’t we just love them and let them enjoy life.

    • liz christakis commented on October 25, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      Spare me, anyone who thinks it is ok to start eating dog which in this country has never been a farm animals but a working or companion animal needs to think again. I cannot believe this is even up for debate.

  • Michelle commented on August 26, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I agree and feel so upset for the beautiful angel animals. Thank you peta for all your work

  • Susan commented on August 26, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    I try’s to make a donation but I don’t know where it went wrong

  • Irene mills commented on August 26, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    I’m a recent veggie, trying to be vegan….guess I’m just not a big enough person as yet!

    • Duncan commented on August 27, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      Well good for you! It’s easier than ever it was and so many people are cutting down on their dairy with all the new nut milks out there and all. Keep up the good work and take little steps in the right direction. There are no perfect vegans, if you’re trying to go vegan, then you’re a vegan.

    • Ruth Barrett commented on August 28, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Hi Irene,
      If you are on Facebook there is plenty of vegan groups. At aged 57 I only became vegan in January and I have not looked back. I truly wish you all the best and believe you are already there but don’t know it. And Duncan is so right, being vegan is not about being perfect, it is about living your life causing as little or no harm to other sentient beings. Best wishes, Irene.

      • Maria Dennison commented on September 9, 2016 at 5:30 pm

        Am 45 and became vegan in July,I don’t know about you but only 3 people know cause I don’t want anyone giving me there opinion,it was bad enough when bloke found out I didn’t drink milk anymore,so I wish I had done it earlier

    • Yasmin commented on September 9, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      Hey, you’re doing great if you’ve become vegetarian! xx I’m vegetarian too and trying vegan but not 100% got it cracked yet Trying very hard and will succeed as I learn more how to replace all the things that need replacing. xx (ps Feeling better already too.)

      • John commented on September 23, 2016 at 4:45 pm

        Hi Yasmin, can you tell us what it is you’re finding hard? That way maybe we can help. I’ve never thought it’s hard to be vegan. Now I have cereal for breakfast with Oatly oat milk, and I occasionally have meat replacement things like soy or seitan, but at first I never had any of that stuff. Instead of cereal, have toast and jam for breakfast. If you want chilli, put in a can of beans instead of meat. If you want leather shoes there are loads of websites in Europe and USA (but with world-wide postage anyway) where you can get “fake leather” shoes.

        As I said, I’ve never found it hard, but I am a grown man and I do all the cooking in our house anyway (my wife and kids just have to eat what I cook). If you are not the cook because your wife/husband does it, I’m sure they’ll understand if you want to be vegan. You can always say “you cook what you want, only put in half the meat/egg/etc. and I’ll just eat the rest, you can have my meat.” Then you can just fry up some beans or mushrooms to have on the side. If the reason is because you are a child and your parents do the cooking, things might be trickier depending on how your parents feel about vegans. I only became vegan when I was 24, so no worries, but my younger bro went vegan too and he still lived at home. My mum (the cook) was really easy about it though and learned a lot of vegan recipes so that’s really good now when I go to visit.

        If the reason you find it hard is because you just 100% have to have real dairy cheese in your life, then I don’t think you care enough. You have to adjust what you call “food”. Sure, beef is edible and nutritious, but that doesn’t make it “food”. For example dog, or even human, meat is edible and nutritious, but not many people call it “food”. When I see cheese or meat now I don’t even think “food”, it may as well be a severed hand – I know it is possible to eat in a life and death emergency, but otherwise I would never think of eating it.

  • Georgina thorne commented on August 26, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    IT is time that the public moved away from their conditioning. A living being is more important than taste buds. There are plenty of other taste ranges that can be experienced. Jackfruit for example.
    Leave animals to live in peace.

  • Jean eckett commented on August 26, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Animals are put on this earth for a reason, most are more loyal than human beings. They should be treated with kindness and respect. We don’t own this planet. Treat everything and everyone with kindness

  • Marion commented on August 26, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Sadly some countries feel the need to steel house hold pets to slaughter and sell on the food chain. Some countries eat a lot of different things like bugs etc. I disagree to the capture by steeling however, if you are hungry you will eat anything. I have never been put in a position where I need to survive so will eat what’s available. This does need monitoring.

    • Duncan commented on August 27, 2016 at 11:35 pm

      Let’s get this right. No countries steal pets. Some countries treat animals you think are pets like the animals you think are OK to be eaten. Dogs can be farmed like sheep in some parts of Asia for example, with exactly the same levels of cruelty as western sheep farming.

      You have never been put in a position where you need to resort to desperate measures such as stealing or murder in order to survive. So I guess you are going to avoid murder whenever possible. Good for you!!

      • Susie commented on August 28, 2016 at 7:58 am

        Actually, in the countries that eat dog meat family pets are indeed stolen. Evidenced by the collars around their necks while crammed into the cages on trucks and bound for horrific slaughter. Western sheep farming is indeed atrocious – dog farming worse? Methis of slaughter – both horrendous but boiling and burning dogs and cats alive? It’s all evil.

      • Mo commented on September 10, 2016 at 1:02 am

        No, it is well known in China and Korea especially, dogs are stolen to kill and eat. There was photograph that went viral recently of a small Korean girl crying over her dog that had been stolen and cooked. It was awful to see her so upset.

      • Elizabeth Eggar commented on September 10, 2016 at 11:28 am

        Of course household pets are stolen and sent to the dog meat Butcheries. Dog meat is more expensive than other meat. In Vietnam the dog meat trade has been outlawed, but still thrives underground. It is a fallacy that it is eaten because of hunger. Do your research! Soi Dog Foundation a good place to start.

    • John commented on September 23, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      You mean person A owns a dog, person B comes along and “steals” it? Right….

      Personally, if person A thinks it’s appropriate to own an animal then I don’t know what to tell them.

      What’s happening is that person A says “I’m going to call this dog ‘pet’ and I own it.” then person B says “I’m going to call this dog ‘food’, and I own it.” Meanwhile the dog says nothing because it can’t talk.

      Person A is *probably* feeding the dog with meat from other animals anyway. Person B might be doing many animals a favor. Breeding dogs for meat, however, is doing no one a favor.

      • Elizabeth Eggar commented on September 29, 2016 at 6:37 am

        Your reasoning is totally flawed! It is the cruelty involved in the dig meat trade, not only the fact that these animals are pets.
        Dogs and cats, incidentally, are deliberately tortured, in the belief that it makes the meat tastier.
        Do some research on the subject before you embarrass yourself with such inane comments.

  • Lynn lowe commented on August 26, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Look at meat eaters and look at meat abstain people of the same age , the no meat eaters look younger and fitter than the meat eaters

    • Jemima commented on September 9, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      Really, I’m gonna start looking now.

      • Andrea Farrelly commented on September 12, 2016 at 11:20 pm

        My daughter is 10 years old in year 6 at primary school and the tallest in school- not bad for a veggie..

    • Yasmin commented on September 9, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Definitely Lynn Lowe!!! You can tell in people’s complexions. Eat clean, skin looks clean. (The old argument about us having canine teeth therefore we are carnivore is rubbish. Even horses have canine teeth!!)

    • Cynthia Lyons commented on September 10, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Yes, meat eaters age more quickly than vegetarians and succumb at earlier ages to aches, pains and to various diseases. This is because the human body is not designed for eating flesh.

      • Lesley Blissett commented on September 12, 2016 at 11:32 am

        Cynthia, I am a Vegan and will be 70 at Christmas yet people if asked to guess my age usually guess late 40’s early 50’s, I have only a little white hair on each side of my face/head and hardly any wrinkles, I have never had any form of plastic surgery and neither have I used expensive face creams. I walk miles every day with my dogs, whatever the weather, so am also physically fit; the only health problem is my eyesight, I have to wear glasses, other than that as fit as a fiddle! Proof of your statement re. meat eaters aging more quickly.

    • Lesley Blissett commented on September 19, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      I was 40 in December last year and 2 years ago I was asked for ID when I bought some wine!!!! Proof that being vegetarian and eating very little dairy since I was 11 (I’m vegan now) shows in your complexion!!

      • Nicki Hill commented on September 20, 2016 at 6:18 pm

        Sorry Lesley; I have no idea why my comment has come up as you! Nicki

  • Rebecca Flashman commented on August 26, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Keep it up PETA. Great organisation xx

  • Maxi commented on August 27, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Yes meats murder and only a serial Killer can commit this murder!

  • Blake sanchez commented on August 27, 2016 at 8:23 am

    That is so disgusting. Dogs are not food but a companion and a friend

  • William Clay commented on August 27, 2016 at 11:45 am

    If slaughterhouses had glass walls there would be more vegetarians like me, people eat a piece of anonymous red stuff and don’t hardly know or care where it comes from.

  • Hold fast commented on August 27, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Because dog test nothing like pork its much more of an acquired taste, much gamier.

    • Jemima commented on September 9, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      How do you know that!?

  • Mandy Keane commented on August 28, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    if they wanted to make an impact surely they could have done better than that “fake” dog’s head

    • Nicki Hill commented on September 19, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      Maybe a real one Mandy?!?!?

  • Andrea Farrelly commented on August 30, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Unfortunately as long as people are people things won’t change in the meat industry- such horrific abuse and widespread cruelty is the norm now. Ignorance is a clear conscience in the eye of the meat eater.

    • Jemima commented on September 9, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      You’re so right.

    • Alessandra Ferrari commented on September 9, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      I agree with you 100%. It is down to us to stop this horror!

    • Lesley Blissett commented on September 20, 2016 at 11:10 am

      This is so sad, it is time that conditions on factory farms and in slaughter houses were fully publicized, complete with what would be horrendous pictures; it is no good the general public knowing half of the story they have to be fully informed! I saw a programme on Boxing Day many years ago, it was graphic and held no punches, I became an instant Vegetarian, though I am now a Vegan! If one TV programme could do that to me, a butcher’s daughter, what could a full and frank spread do in a major tabloid and (a) TV programme(s)? All the pasture that is currently used could be transformed into crop growing and we’d all be a lot healthier!

  • Rita McNabb commented on September 9, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    So sad and wrong

  • Cherie van houten commented on September 9, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Please stop using animals as food and close down all UK slaughter houses. Make it mandatory to be vegetarian. Humans do not need meat to exsist. Its 2016 so start progressing and outlaw the eating of all meat.

  • Sher Bauer commented on September 9, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Great protest experiment on the human psyche addicted to meat and dairy.

  • Naseem MAHMOOD commented on September 9, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    The behaviour of these heartless people who work in the slaughter house goes behind understanding of there cowardly evil behaviour of these poor defenceless animals who are treated in the most horrific pain and torture .the suffering this animals go through needs to be regulated and monitored in these places and wiped out were is the humanity for gods creation no human being has the god given right to flick that pain on an animal and starve it from basic needs. And the appoling conditions these torture goes on.these workers should be prosecuted and locked up and never allowed to work in these places shame on them disgusting nasty behaviour godless people.

  • Karen Rogan commented on September 9, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Why does anyone feel justified in eating any animal – and more so those that have suffered barbaric, painful and cruel deaths at the hands of morons – who don’t care about inflicting needless pain and fact seem to get pleasure from it. It disgusts and sickens me!!!

  • Brian Marshall commented on September 9, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Please spare these beautiful creatures !

  • Kath keeper commented on September 9, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Where is the humanity?
    Where is the common sense?
    Where is the need?
    It certainly isn’t here
    Here is cruelty
    Here is lack of lack of humane action
    Here is no need at all

  • Paul Burton commented on September 9, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Stop it now!

  • Lynda Stalker commented on September 9, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    It absolutely breaks my heart the way our animals are treated. Every day I see lorries full of sheep, cows and pigs passing through where I live going to an abbotoir and every time I see them I cry. I can’t imagine how frightening and painful it is for them. They are all used and abused. They are not even seen as animals, just meat. It totally despicable. They deserve a life.

  • DEBORAH SCHEIN commented on September 9, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Think of pain on yourself before you inflict on another and then you might think twice to inflict.

  • Lorraine Draper commented on September 9, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Eating animals is unessasary and unhealthy , the treatment of animals is sickening beyond belief , I am and will remain vegan

  • olimpia marina commented on September 10, 2016 at 12:41 am

    The local Authority is responsible and should be charged for Incompetence…It Is their responsibility .

  • Tina shurtleff commented on September 10, 2016 at 12:57 am

    I am a vegetarian and will probably go vegan. I am ashamed how animals are treated around the globe. Stop
    Torturing animals for your selfish reasons

  • Daniella commented on September 10, 2016 at 2:31 am


  • Jo Ann Delcambre commented on September 10, 2016 at 5:58 am

    This is so CRUEL an must STOP!!!!!!!

  • LINDA WEBB commented on September 10, 2016 at 9:27 am

    This is outrageous how animals can be treated in this barbaric way in this day and age. We should be more educated and aware of the suffering and cruelty inflicted on them by the human race. This torture must end now.

  • Trevor Barlow commented on September 10, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Well said all of you above!! I am now almost meat free and I am enjoying knowing that nothing has been killed on my behalf. Thankfully meat eating is on the decline here so long may it last. I am horrified by the cruelty involved. Well done PETA and all organisations who are educating people to become meat free.

  • Paul London commented on September 10, 2016 at 3:53 pm


  • Derek commented on September 10, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    I was a veggie but when diagnosed as a coeliac found it so hard I started eating white meat only. So much of the meat alternative is wheat based or has wheat in it.

  • Lorraine gee commented on September 10, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    I agree would you eat your family pet if the answer no then stop eating meat

  • Cheryl Lavack commented on September 11, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Just because the can’t talk, doesn’t mean animals don’t have feelings, they feel pain and fear

  • Mia tomline commented on September 11, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    It’s taken a life time for me to stop eating meat. Even now i still struggle but I am determined and looking at posts about cruelty to all animals is helping ..its a heart matter our hearts have to change first. ..

  • Mark Patrick commented on September 13, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    If you go vegan today, you won’t have to look back years later after so many other people have gone vegan and wish you had been an early adopter of this truly better way to live. Go for it, and stop making lame excuses! I’ve been vegan for 16 years and never regret it for a minute. I know I am not contributing to horrible animal suffering, and I sleep better. Also I’m much healthier and plan to live to 100.

    • Maria commented on September 19, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      You’re so right. I’m vegan for 2 years and it’s a real pleasure to count how many lives I didn’t dump into my plate.

  • Maria commented on September 19, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    – Animals are not as intelligent as humans.
    – So I can eat your child?
    – No! A child will learn.
    – So I can eat your stupid mother? She won’t already learn.
    – No!
    – So I’ll eat you. For your stupidity. OK?

  • Nicki Hill commented on September 19, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Meat eaters “justify” it to themselves with “you’ll never do anything to change it”. Well, whilst I am alive, I will do everything in my power to make a difference and my conscience will rest easy in the knowledge that my decision I made at age 11 to become vegetarian (which is now vegan) was the best decision of my life! When people ask why I don’t eat meat, I reply “because I love animals too much”.

  • Nicki Hill commented on September 20, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I was 40 in December last year and 2 years ago I was asked for ID when I bought some wine!!!! Proof that being vegetarian and eating very little dairy since I was 11 (I’m vegan now) shows in your complexion!!

  • asjhdgbqkbnew commented on October 6, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Yum, dog roast

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