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Taboo Foods: Arctic and South Korea
I was really impressed with the way the eating of dogs was handled. More often than not, the whole process is demonised. Whilst I agree that the handling of the dogs was inhumane at times, the dog farm that was shown appeared to treat the animals no worse than some UK pig and chicken farmers. Congratulations to Stefan and the producers for such an interesting and informative programme. Can't wait to see the rest of the series.
Andrew Dodman, Lancs
Every country around the world has their favourite food. I think it's not a problem to eat dog, but it's not good to make the dog torture to death. And actually not many people in Korea eat dog meat. Many Koreans who believe the Buddhism and Confucianism, believe that to eat dog will give them something bad. And so when you ask some Koreans on the street if he eat dog, many person answers no. And this will not be a big issue for everybody.
Son Jin Hyun, Korea
I watched the programme and was very tearful, it played on my mind all weekend, and I'm still thinking about the cruelty those helpless dogs have to suffer, I hate this. I went to work and shed a few tears. I've now signed a petition along with a few friends. I would do anything to stop it. I work voluntary for the RSPCA.GOD BLESS THEM ALL. ANIMAL LOVER. TINA.
Tina Tuckwell, United Kingdom
Is there nothing anyone can do about the terrible treatment these dogs get in Korea, surely with the amount of publicity this has attracted over the years, something can be done. I was horrified.
Mrs Terry Hornsey, United Kingdom
Yes, he should have at least tried the dog meat. What's the point of travelling the world on a culinary mission without trying new things? Whilst I disapproved of the dog handling at the market, who are we to meddle in other country's traditions. I must admit that I found it difficult to differentiate our domestic pets from their commercial livestock.
Excellent. Fair and balanced account. It would also be interesting to do one on the middle east.
Christopher Boyo, England.
I saw a piece of the programme about eating dog in Korea. I want to compliment Mr. Gates for not having tasted dog. For me, it's not so much about eating dog, it's about how these dogs were/are treated. I think the dogs are treated in a discomforting and disrespectable way, that's why I am against the dog eating industry in South-Korea.
Marilène, The Netherlands
I just watched the programme which included reportage on Koreans' dog eating habits. I felt a deep respect for Stefan when he refused to eat any part of a dog. As the woman, who looked after dogs pointed out, Stefan would be seen as an ambassador. Consequently him being filmed eating dog would legitimise this industry in the eyes of dog eating Koreans. All I can say is - thank you Stefan for resisting.
Guy Thiebaut, England
Not every Korean eats dog meat. Many feel disgusted. Do not stereotype Korean people as dog eaters. This programme seriously misrepresents Korean culture. Not every Korean is a dog eater as not every British person is a racist.
Jung Woo Lee, South Korea
My town in south eastern Nigeria has 11 villages with 11 totem animals. My village does not eat albino snail while another village do not consume beef. It is a matter of history, culture and religion and personal preferences. There is nothing wrong with eating dog meat. People who relish dog meat claim that it is very delicious and medicinal. Dogs, wolves and the like breed very fast, are hardy and have low maintenance costs.
When I was young my grandma used to brew soup out of puppies. I thought at that time it was a cruel thing to do. Well I realise now there is no justification, whether eating beef, pork is any more moral than meat from any other species. The only justification there is may be a species is endangered. Only in that case I think hunting them is not a good idea.
Hin Kwan Wong, Warwickshire
I was absolutely disgusted by the things I saw on your programme on Sunday night (I only turned over half way through). To see how cruelly those dogs were treated in this day and age bought me to tears. I understand that maybe logically there is as much wrong with eating a dog as eating a chicken, but we still need to treat animals with care and respect. What is South Korea doing to regulate this industry and educate their people that beating a dog to death will not make it taste better!!!???
Rachael Oswalt, Surrey
Really interesting programme. I don't think I would have eaten the walrus meat (although I've eaten raw sea urchin, crab and octopus in Japan). It's hard to see how anyone could complain about the hunting by the Inuit people as I'm sure they don't account for anything like the 300,000 seals that licences are granted for by the Canadian authorities (also considering the cost of the local Co-op, the level of unemployment and the harsh environment). It's harder to agree with the Korean people on the surface, but the mistreatment of livestock in Europe is equally barbaric (if one wishes to use emotive terms), but it is part of their culture. All in all an excellent programme, I look forward to the rest of the series.
Robin Peters, UK
Fantastic programme, I guess as westerners we have a love of dogs, but if the dogs are bred, kept well and killed humanely I see no problem with it, though I wouldn't eat it myself, but then I would not eat raw walrus either. I did wonder what food Stefan ate whilst in Korea.
Cannot wait for next week. Well done
Just watched this for the first time on BBC Two tonight. It was an interesting, thoughtful and balanced programme. It's excellent to see someone getting an insight into someone else's culture without trying to vilify them and still trying to stay within his own moral parameters (rather a difficult job in tonight's case). I also was interested in how most of the Korean people he interviewed seemed to be able to respect people's decisions, something we seem to struggle with in our opinionated culture.
Thanks a lot.
Helena Clarke, UK
Food that kills: Chernobyl and Tonga and Fiji
Having visited Chernobyl several years ago I watched the programme with fascination. Most of the places were familiar, though I'd gone in the winter when the place is much bleaker. I'd turned down the opportunity to "visit" the village where people still live though having seen last night's programme I'm sorry now that I didn't. Many thanks for the programme - brought back lots of sad and positive memories at the same time.
Just watched the programme and found it really interesting. I am a bit of a foodie and thoroughly enjoy a good fodder. I will try anything once, but I have to say Stefan you must have a stomach of iron.
Denise Cronje, Ireland
Superpower foods: China and India
Well done that man! Just watched Stefan in China tonight and I must confess I'm not the best of cooks myself but he was interesting, humorous and obviously passionate about food and cookery. I was glued to the TV watching his trek around the country in an attempt to find typical Chinese cuisine. I wasn't sure about the penis food though! Well done again.
Neil Holdroyd, England
A very interesting and well made program. Top marks for trying to get to the "real" Chinese and their stories. In spite of your minders you did just manage to scratch the surface.
Angie Seddon, England
Thank you for the fascinating series. We look forward to others in the same vein, showing the strength of the human spirit in the face of terrible adversity - the Dalits of India for example.
James MacGregor, Scotland
General comments about the series
Thank you for this series. As an ex-expat, I've eaten some interesting foods in China and India (including dog strew and deep fried bumble bee) and also experienced the overwhelming hospitality of the people in Afghanistan. It's really good for people to see how other cultures live and eat.
Ms Karen Sagar, UK