|Thomas Elliot Huggins|
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty related charges after he chopped up his puppy and cooked it for its meat, according to police reports in Florida.
Police said that the man strangled the family dog, cut it into pieces and cooked its ribs in his kitchen.
Thomas Elliot Huggins, 25, was arrested Thursday after a family member called police.
"When officers arrived, they found the dog ribs cooked in a pot on the stove," Tampa police said. "The dog's head was in the trash," the police added.
Huggins had strangled his 6-month-old puppy, chopped it into quarters, and stored it in the freezer for future meals, officials said.
He was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty. Animal control officers took the remains of the puppy.
While the man is certainly guilty of a crime in Florida, not all cultures agree. Human consumption of dog meat has been recorded in many parts of the world, including ancient China, ancient Mexico, and ancient Rome. Dog meat is consumed in a variety of countries such as Switzerland, China, Vietnam, South Korea and Japan. Dog meat has also been used as survival food in times of war and other difficulties.
Today, some cultures see the consumption of dog meat to be a part of their traditional cuisine, while others consider consumption of dog to be inappropriate or offensive for social and religious reasons. With cultural globalization, international criticism, particularly from international animal organizations such as the World Society for the Protection of Animals, has been increasingly directed against dog meat consumption and the torture of dogs, which are caged and cultivated for its meat.
In response to criticism, proponents of dog meat have argued that the distinctions between livestock and pets is subjective, and there is no difference with the consumption of meat from different animals. Eating dog is prohibited under both Jewish dietary laws and Islamic dietary laws.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view