Wednesday Dec 01, 2021

Attentive People Who Eat Dog Meat: See The 3 Major Health Concerns You Should Know About

Although the concept of eating dog meat is
completely unheard of in the U.S., in other
parts of the world, it is regarded just the
same as eating chicken or cow. In Vietnam,
for example, approximately five million dogs
are killed every year for meat, other places
dog meat is eaten include Europe, Russia,
Africa, Latin America, China, the Philippines,
and South Korea.
While the suffering of these animals is
undeniable, there are also major human health
concerns arising from the consumption of
dog. The issues highlighted are critical
concerns that could have a negative impact
on human health if they are not addressed by
ending the consumption of dog meat.

1. Rabies
One of the largest dangers of dog meat is the
spread of rabies to both animals and people.
According to the Center for Disease Control’s
records, only 10 people have ever survived
this horrific disease. This is clearly a major
concern when such a dangerous and deadly
disease can be so easily spread.

2. Other Diseases
There are many other diseases and infections
associated with dog meat that can endanger
human health. Possible infections include
parasites such as E. Coli 107 and salmonella.
There is also a danger that bacterial
infections like anthrax, brucellosis, hepatitis,
and leptospirosis can be spread through the
meat to people. The bacteria associated with
Cholera is also easily spread and propagated
through the process of mass transporting and
slaughtering dogs for consumption.
Trichinellosis is a zoonotic parasite that can
be easily transmitted from dogs to humans
through infected meat consumption. Once
these parasites are in the human body, they
can cause inflammation in blood vessels
which leads to hemorrhaging in the nail beds
and eyes, in addition to severe muscle
weakness. If left untreated, trichinellosis can
be fatal.

3. Antibiotic Resistance
There are many parallels to be found between
dog meat farms and factory farms in America,
unfortunately, antibiotic resistance is one of
them. According to Change for Animals
Foundation, “On dog farms, large numbers of
dogs are living in close confinement, under
stressful conditions, and are usually being fed
insufficient, poor quality food. These factors
result in increased levels of infectious disease
and high mortality rates. In an effort to try to
control the spread of disease and maximize
productivity, there is evidence of farmers
resorting to the indiscriminate overuse of
antibiotics and vaccines.”

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