DOG BITES MAN IS NOT NEWS: MAN BITES DOG IS
We've all done it. It's the middle of the night and you wake up with a thick head following an evening of trying to see how close you can get to alcohol poisoning without actually dying, and you fancy a snack. Fearing the wrath of the local law enforcers, you wisely avoid a trip to the fast-food place and head instead for the fridge. But all you can see is a carton of milk, three eggs of indeterminate age, and a large green mound of something that has possibly evolved from a piece of abandoned food from the last Ice Age.
So what do you do? You eat the dog!
Well, maybe you haven't done this, but Paea Taufu, a Tongan-born New Zealand resident was caught by animal protection agencies in the process of pit-roasting his pit bull. Apparently in Tonga, it's not unusual to eat dogs - or other animals. according to Taufu's wife, Lupi, "Dog, horse, we eat it in Tonga. It's good food for us." Especially when roasted in the traditional Umi pit-barbecue style.
Fortunately for Taufu - but not the dog - he committed no crime, except infringing on his neighbor's sense of taste. Derek Haddy of the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) said, "I find it quite disturbing that someone would kill a pet and then eat it. I'm not okay with that but unfortunately the law allows you to do it."
Claiming he was unaware that eating dogs is not a common feature if the Kiwi lifestyle, Taufu has promised not to eat any more dogs in the future.
He said nothing about cats.
In an article by Yahoo News on this topic, the unnamed writer described the SPCA as the "Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals." Now there's a Freudian slip to savor!