TV Chef Hugh Fearnley has caused controversy by claiming he has no objection to puppy farm.
Fearnley-Whittingstall told the Radio Times: ‘In principle, but not in practice, I have no objection to a high-welfare organic puppy farm.
‘You can’t object, unless you also object to the farming of pigs.
‘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. But it’s not a foregone conclusion.’
Mongrels of the World is 100% against the idea of farming dogs but in the same way we kind of agree with Fearnley when he says that you cant object, unless you also object to the farming of pigs. The fact that one animal is a pig and the other is a dog doesnt mean that one has more rights to live.
This is a very controversial subject as dogs have had a strong relationship with humans for a long time. The dog may have been the first animal to be domesticated, and has been the most widely kept working, hunting and companion animal in human history. Dogs were domesticated from gray wolves about 15,000 years ago and for a long time they have been performing many roles for people, such as hunting, herding, pulling loads, protection, assisting police and military, companionship and aiding handicapped individuals. This impact on human society has given them the nickname “Man’s Best Friend”.
We fully back RSPCA reaction to the chef ‘s claim by expressing their concerns with the farming of any animal, dog or otherwise, and adding that his comments may seem sensible but are actually quite controversial – especially when dogs are our most popular and loved pet.’