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News Station Admits Market Doesn’t Actually Sell Dog Meat

News Station Admits Market Doesn’t Actually Sell Dog Meat

It was a story that turned even the strongest stomachs — a Minnesota news station investigative report on a New York market that was allegedly selling dog meat cut from locally bred animals.   It played into the stereotype of Asians who eat pets for food, skinning cats and dogs to hang in their shop windows.

It was also totally false.

It turns out, there was just one source for their big investigative story, and it was a market worker with limited English, who is now thought to have said they sold “duck,” not “dog.”   The market was in the same building as another shop that investigators now think may have been a front for a pet shop.

WCCO News tried to wipe the story away — removing it from their archives and website and going into full shutdown mode when asked questions about the mistake.  Now, they are coming clean about their error — sort of.  But in doing so, they have become very accusatory in their own assumptions and lack of effort put into investigating.

Meanwhile, no one is sure where all of the shipped dogs have gone exactly, or what happened to them once they got there.  But one thing that everyone seems fairly certain about is that they likely weren’t eaten.  Dog meat from purebred animals would be ridiculously expensive, anyway.


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7:57AM PST on Dec 3, 2011

Stephen B., Colleen P., you two really need to listen to what is overall. If you are intent upon bemoaning vegans for doing what is inherent in their belief system, you may want to check your own conscience for what and why you are going after them. It is obvious that the lion refuge is suffering from a lack of donations to keep the lions fed, and protected. As the black rhino is now officially extinct, so is the African lion going to be soon. All the large cats are losing their place in life, because of the encroaching of humanity, and the loss of their territory, not to mention poaching. Elephants, rhinos, all the herd animals, all going the way of the rhino. Vegans who do good works are not different than carnivores who do good work. Please, do not disparage someone who stands solidly behind their beliefs, and are working for the benefit of everyone, rather than going after those who do evil behind closed doors, or behind manipulation of facts in order to sell ads, or a lie.

7:48AM PST on Dec 3, 2011

Dianne D., are you serious? An animal that is a companion animal, born and bred, is not at all like a cow worshipped for it's religious significance. That is such a lame argument. While I don't eat meat, and am myself leaning toward veganism, I am not about to condone the eating of dogs and cats in any culture. Dogs will die protecting people; cats by virtue of their eating vermin protect people from diseases as varied and horrific as hemorrhagic fevers; horses give everything they are to make people's lives easier and more pleasurable. There is no comparison of a dog to a bovine. Laurita W., your argument that you eat meat, and those who declare that they don't are bigots, makes you a something of a hypocrite.

8:48AM PST on Nov 25, 2011

I know. I love how India loves it's cows more than it's girls. fuck girls, drownd them, make them burn them self, give them names like 'loser nobody likes'

I'm so glad I was born in the place that eats, rides and tips cows over.

9:22PM PST on Nov 21, 2011

There really isn't any difference from Asians eating dog than from Americans eating cows, pigs and sheep. In many country's cattle are sacred, just like a dog or cat is in America. When people point the finger at what others eat, they need to look at how many fingers are pointing back at themselves.

5:38AM PST on Nov 21, 2011

There is a lion rescue station in S. Africa run by Vegans. It may have to close given, the shortage of volunteers. Seems the lions didn't agree to go vegan.

5:27AM PST on Nov 21, 2011

Laurita W.. don't try to use science on these people! Anedotals and emotions trump all! Don't forget, you may be fighting with people who try to make their kitty vegan.

7:23PM PST on Nov 20, 2011

Cynthia M: "Dog, cat, pig, chicken, cow,'s still murder!"

wrong: It's food. People: that's murder!

7:19PM PST on Nov 20, 2011

Frank P: How are you better saying: "people who harvest Dogs and other animals like Bears for food should be shot" than I am, saying: "Wow! Great meat! (deer, elk, beef, goat, chicken, etc.)

7:16PM PST on Nov 20, 2011

Leslie, you have some fairly large errors in your argument: For instance, a cow has four stomachs, about 40 gallons worth on average, and about 12 gallons of intestine. Where is this long, complicated intestine you're talking about?

6:59PM PST on Nov 20, 2011

Marie Therese H, those who judge are no better than those whom they judge. So you don't eat meat. Big deal! That does not make you a saint, but it might make you a bigot!

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