To many, dogs are just another member of the family. Dogs have been used to assist those with limited or no visibility. The four-legged mammals have also been an instrumental part of the rehabilitation of those with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and severe stress.
Nevertheless, other individuals regard dog meat as just another delicacy to be enjoyed at the dinner table or as a snack. Many believe that the meat possesses medicinal properties and others are forced to eat it purely out of necessity.
Keep reading to learn about five communities in Africa where eating dog meat is no biggie:
Dogs are usually kept as pets in many households. Nevertheless, among some communities like the Vame in Cameroon and various states in Nigeria, dog meat is fair game for eating. In the Ondo State, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Plateau, Kalaba, Taraba and Gombe of Nigeria, dog meat is believed to have medicinal powers and its demand is very high.
One of the several ethnic tribes in Ghana known for eating dog is the Frafra people. The Frafra or Gur tribe inhabit the north-east region of Ghana and southern Burkina Faso.
The Frafra and Dagaaba, another tribe in Ghana participate in tribal games that involve consuming dog meat. The winner takes home a dog head as the trophy.
Democratic Republic of Congo
The Goma tribe are from the Democratic Republic of Congo and reside in the North-Kivu province.
The Goma once regarded dog meat as a taboo and abhorred the thought of consuming it.
Eating canine meat in Uganda may not seem to be a choice.
Nonetheless, some are consuming the meat unknowingly.
The Ovandonga people, located in the Oshikoto region of Namibia have no qualms about consuming dog meat.
It is said that there are a variety of dogs reared in certain parts of the southwestern African country for various purposes. A number of dogs are strictly prepped for human consumption.
“The whole point is to club them to death when they are nice and fat, but before they are old enough to eat the chicken on the farm or steal the eggs,” said Kuku KaSilas.
“Dogs are normally tied to a tree and hit on the head numerous times with an ‘omupini’ (large stick) until they stop moving,” KaSilas went on to say.