Is it Illegal to eat your pet?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Covington, KY

When I say pet I mean every animal from the goldfish to the dog, the cat, the cow, the pig, etc.
I find many one sided views on this question, and it is like trying to argue about religion, and politics.
So can I say raise dogs, cats, etc. or say if I just get hungry, and want to see what my dog, or cat taste like. Humanly kill them like they do cattle, or even just kill them like I would deer, or turkey when I hunt. Then consume the meat.
I am told that it is considered to be animal abuse to do the act above when we do the above to just about every non endangered animal under the sun.
I am wanting the cold honest truth not a sided answer.

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  1. Sean Michael Patrick

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    Answered . The health and safety code of your state as well as federal laws may prohibit the consumption of certain animals.

    I am licensed in California, therefore, my answers are based on general prinicpals of law or California law, which... more
  2. Laura Mcfarland-Taylor

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    Answered . Most states do not allow the killing of "domestic" animals except by a veterinarian or under extreme circumstances (such as a dog attacking livestock) and to do so is animal abuse. In addition, most cities/towns/municipalities/counties/etc have laws regarding the butchering of animals by private citizens (i.e., non-butchers), with possible exceptions for game animals such as deer.

    Kentucky cruelty to animal laws are somewhat vague as to what you propose, though, arguably, they would forbid it. You may wish to speak to a local animal law attorney before proceeding.

    If we do not have a signed fee agreement I am not your attorney and this is not legal advice.
  3. Erin Cecil-Levine

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    Answered . I agree with Mr Patrick that there are likely federal and state laws to prohibit you from eating your cat, goldfish, hamster, dog, gerbil, parakeet, whathaveyou... But there are certainly ethical and moral issues involved with eating your "pet" or as I prefer to say, your "companion animal" versus a non-domesticated non-companion animal. Many vegan or vegetarian humans are against the consumption of other sentient creatures because they can feel pain and are aware that they are suffering on the way to your table. It is not a pleasant path.

    Other humans feel that we are the top of the food chain, so what the hell. Bon appetit! However, we do not have the largest brains, we are not the only creature to communicate, love or mate for life, yet we are the only animal that systematically destroys itself, its habitat, and every other creature and its habitat in the name of our own progress. Now THAT'S something to be proud of!

    Can you eat your dog? Not likely. Should you eat your dog? Even less so. It's about as smart as eating your own foot.


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