I know that this is a gross and disgusting subject, but I feel like someone should talk about it, so that's what I'm going to do today. And if you don't want to read about it, I will totally understand.
One of the countries where dogs are eaten the most is China. People have been eating dogs there for thousands and thousands of years. The Chinese call dog meat "fragrant meat" or "mutton of the earth." Many Chinese through the ages believed that this meat would act like medicine and keep their bodies warmer and healthier, so they especially liked to eat it in the winter.
Chinese people have always kept dogs as pets, and they do not eat their pet dogs. They only eat dogs that are specially raised to be used for meat. Usually, these dogs get made into meat when they are between 6 and 12 months old. And the way they are usually cooked is they are made into stew or else they are roasted.
In Japan, people eat dogs that they import from China. Some other countries where people really like to eat dog meat are Indonesia, Ghana, Nigeria, Tonga, Vietnam, and East Timor.
In a lot of countries, eating dog meat is not really against the law, but it is considered to be "taboo," which means people think it's icky, so they just don't do it. This is true in places like Canada and India. It's also true in the U.S., but some states have actually made eating dog meat illegal, and other states haven't.
Some American Indian tribes used to eat dog meat. Captain Lewis and Captain Clark reported this when they were on their Big Expedition to the West Coast, during which they met lots of Indians. Captain Lewis thought dog meat tasted pretty yummy, but Captain Clark could not bring himself to eat a dog. Anyway, even though dog meat was a delicacy for some Indian tribes, for others, like the Apaches, it was a taboo to eat it.
During my in-depth research, I found two descriptions of what dog meat tastes like. One person said it tastes more like pork than like any other kind of meat, but it also has its very own flavor. There are a lot of bones in it, kind of like chicken has, but the skin is tougher and more fatty.
The other person said that dog meat tastes like mutton, but that it is leaner, and it has lots of bones. Also there is some skin attached, which makes it chewy.