Eating Organically Farmed Puppies – No Moral Objection?

According to TV chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall in a magazine interview, he would have 'no moral objection' to eating a puppy provided it was reared in an organic farm environment.

The chefs comments come on the back of previous campaigns to raise awareness about animal welfare in farms.

The debate over eating dog meat has raged for many years with some arguing that eating a dog is no different to eating a chicken.

You can listen to the radio interview with K9 Magazine's Ryan O'Meara discussing the dog eating topic and his views on Mr Whittingstall's comments at this link:

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Jasmine Kleine

Jasmine Kleine

Jasmine Kleine is the the online editor at She is an experienced dog owner and professional writer who lives with her two beloved dogs, Mabel and Charlie.


  1. He is totally thick in the head – how can anybody eat puppies / dogs its not right.

    Its like us eating babies / children – how would he like it then – okay if they are produced organically. Yea right !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. What kind of person could even conceive of the idea of eating dogs/puppies. Is the food chain not long enough? We are supposed to be civilised people who value dogs as pets. If dog meat was allowed to be consumed where would it end? Small animals, cats? This is England where we are a nation of animal lovers! That title is starting to mean less and less. If this kind of consumption were to ever be allowed in this country, we would be no better than the Chinese.

  3. Yes Jasmine, why stop at puppies,plenty of unwanted babies around only 60 adoptions a year at moment…..I bet the puppy farmers here in the puppy farming capital of Wales – Carmarthenshire are rubbing their grubby nasty little hands together at this news, if they cannot sell to stupid people for pets they can sell leftover stock to nasty little chefs…What an absolute tos**r the hobgoblin is. (that is in my opinion)

  4. What an unfortunate comment for him to make. He will now lose plenty of his following “eat green” addicts, most being dog lovers and owners. There will be plenty of objections in the “chef” community too. The man’s an idiot. Too much of the home grown “weed” if you ask me. Is he down on the celeb front at the moment? Looking to get noticed again I wonder? Let’s be honest, if tail docking is against the law this really isn’t going to catch on.

  5. Amazing. Yet another case of either not properly reading or not understanding what he was saying! Interesting that the article above doesn’t actually provide a link to the original article so that people can judge it themselves rather than relying on second had interpretations.

    He said he had no objection ‘in principle’ though would not do it ‘in practice’. The point he was making was why do we single out certain animals for special treatment as beloved pets and treat others as objects that are only there to provide us with meat? The comparison was being made with pigs (as intelligent as dogs but maybe not as cute and fluffy).

    If we really are a ‘nation of animal lovers’ we should be treating all animals humanely and giving them a dignified life; even if they are to be eaten eventually, we should not treat them cruelly and as money making objects as factory farming does. He suggested that as long as it is treated with dignity and humanity any animal should IN PRINCIPLE be a possible food source.

    For the record, I grew up with dogs and still have them and cats. So does Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall.

    And they’re dogs. Not babies, certainly not human.

  6. Well done to Hugh for saying it. I can’t understand people who are horrified at the thought of eating a cute puppy but think it perfectly ok to eat farmed animals.

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