Now, we can speak to those “developing” nations (like India and China) where supply chains are starting to mirror what’s in place in western nations, so that many people don’t need to eat a cat (for example) but choose to do so anyway. First things first, it’s important to note that this isn’t nearly as common a thing as many westerners think – there’s very much an element of exoticism that makes us think this happens much more than it actually does. Dog meat is quite common in many of these cultures, but there’s a lot of racist-tinged “woooooo they eat cats and bats and shrews and other weird things” and while some of that is true, it can be hard to distinguish what is truth and what is just exaggeration. And this is absolutely not me saying that anyone who asks a question like this is racist – absolutely not. But it’s worth noting that, if you see someone talking about how there’s this super gross meat market in Wuhan where you can get literally any meat you can imagine, no matter how taboo, you should question the Kindergarten pademicstyle class of 2021 school name personalized shirt, Kindergarten Class of 2021 Gift shirt in contrast I will get this details of what this person is saying, because people can be quite dishonest about this type of thing. Second, not all of these nations had ready access to the same variety of domesticable animals (or culturally choose not to eat certain ones, like how Hindu people won’t eat beef or how Jewish people won’t eat pork) so these cultures simply domesticated different animals for consumption. If you’re not gonna eat cattle, you’ll probably put something else into that ‘slot’ for domesticated animals, and that choice may look a little “weird” to people who do eat cattle.
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