Switzerland is once again tied to the dog and cat meat trade, as local farmers admit to regularly killing companion animals to cook up for food, according to Swiss newspaper the Tages Anzeiger.
Farmers in the Appenzell and St.Gallen areas are not killing because of food shortages or starvation, they just like the flavor. Dog and cat meat is also ‘particularly popular in the Rhine Valley.’
The meat is cooked under the guise of ‘mostbrocki’ (usually made with marinated beef or ham), but this one’s secretly made with dog or cat and according to a farmer “no-one knows it’s dog or cat when it’s prepared in this fashion.”
The favorite type of dog eaten in Switzerland is the Rottweiler, usually bludgeoned to death or sometimes shot.
Switzerland openly boasts a thriving business in cat pelts, for cat-pelt coats and cat-pelt bedspreads (which I’ve seen in Swiss fur shops.)
In 2008 tens of thousands of Swiss cat’s were estimated to be brutally killed each year, for their pelts. Swiss television filmed an undercover documentary on cat tanners and filmed tanners admitting they ‘cook the leftovers (cat meat) to eat.”
They “prefer cats to be 6 years old, with full thick pelts and use strangulation as much as possible as this causes less damage to the pelt.” Strangulation: a noose is slung around the cats neck and it’s hung from a beam until it stops thrashing; then skinned immediately, dead or alive.
In 1993 the Swiss parliament rejected changing laws to protect dogs and cats against human consumption.
Interestingly the Swiss Veterinary Office sided with dog meat butchers, justifying the practice and made the FALSE statement that countires use specially bred dog s for meat purposes when every person involved in the DMT knows many of the animals are stolen pets! This is a particularly damming statement from the Swiss Veterinary Office in my opinion.
During one of my recent trips back to Vietnam I witnessed 2 big Rottweiler dogs locked in an iron cage (which I’m sure was an old bear-bile cage.) As they waited to be slaughtered, the stress in the dogs’ eyes still haunts me to this day.
Switzerland admitting to eating companion animals is nothing new because DECADES ago registered Swiss dog breeders sent pedigree stud dogs to Korea, knowing the dogs were to be used or breeding dog meat dogs to be brutally killed and eaten. Yet Switzerland still sent the animals! (I have the information on my computer hard drive.)
When you tour Switzerland and marvel at the breathtaking scenery, take a moment to think of the dogs and cats hidden away in quaint farm buildings where no-one hears their pitiful cries for help.
Eating companion animals is not illegal in Switzerland. Commercial sale of dog or cat meat is banned, but eating the meat is not. How do you feel about Switzerland’s news?