Celebrity chef claims eating dogs ‘no worse than pork’

Tuesday, 11th October 2011

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall may be in the bad books with people who buy dog food and treats for their animals, as he has said eating dog meat is no worse than eating pork in principle.

The celebrity chef made these remarks in the new issue of the Radio Times, in which he claimed that people cannot object to a "high welfare organic puppy farm" unless they also object to the farming of pigs.

He told the news provider: "It's an artificial construct of our society, a cultural decision, to make pets out of dogs and meat out of pigs.

"Both animals could be used the other way round, although pigs probably do make better meat than dogs and dogs better pets than pigs."

A number of animal charities have fiercely objected to Fearnley-Whittingstall’s comments, with a Dogs Trust spokesman telling the Daily Mail that the concept his "wholly unacceptable".

He said dogs contribute to society through their work in the armed forces, police and aiding people who are deaf or blind.