actually, dog ownership in china is relatively new. for hundreds of years most chinese were simply too poor and under mao it was strictly forbidden. yes, the elite owned palace dogs, but it was not common for anybody else until the 90's. over 100 restaurants in beijing still serve dog meat. Asia Times Online :: China News, China Business News, Taiwan and Hong Kong News and Business.
Originally Posted by s-piper
i have owned dogs all my life and do agree that they evolved with more of an advantageous symbiosis rather than just being fringe of the fire pests. however, i don't think it was until very recently they were seen as anything more than work animals. yes, they were fed and cared for, but only because that was preserving an investment. they were trained, so time and effort had been expended. they weren't coddled balls of fluff riding around in somebody's purse.
nowhere am i saying ancient man was stupid, jeebus, but the whole concept of "love" for pets is very modern.
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