I was sitting in the john today with little more that some toilet paper and a hardcopy version of today’s Joongang Ilbo (which doubles as toilet paper on some occasions) when I came across this piece — a piece seemingly written with the Marmot’s Hole in mind — which has been partially translated for you by Marmot Translating Services, Inc.:
Take a freshly slaughtered dog (mostly puppies), and cure it in salt or herbs for about two weeks. After this, smoke-dry the meat and hang it on the wall. Enjoy as jerky, or if you dislike that, you can also preserve it for a long time by making it into sausages.
This is not some newly created dish from some back-ally dog-meat soup restaurant in Seoul. It is a handed-down recipe for dog meat cuisine from the Swiss mountain town of Appenzell. On the slopes of the Swiss Alps, there exists a long tradition of taking dogs and turning them into preserved foods such as jerky and sausages. It’s a rare custom hard to see in the wider Western world outside of Swiss mountain regions. The Swiss tradition of consuming dog and cat meat has recently run into a strong opposition movement from European animal protection activists.
Anyway, the rest of the piece isn’t all that exciting, although it did mention that in Switzerland, the sale and trade of dog meat is illegal, but the personal consumption of dog meat at home is not. I did like how the report ended, however:
In 2001, the Times (UK) said “The Swiss have been eating dog-meat jerky,” and “Europeans have no right to tell Koreans not to eat dog.”
BTW, while I was trying to find the proper Romanized spelling for the Swiss town mentioned in the beginning of the piece, I ran into this site — DeliciousDogs.com — which concerns itself with, well, canine cuisine. There, you can find an English-language piece on this most admirable (and tasty!) of Swiss traditions:
According to the “Rheintaler Bote”, 21. Nov. ?96 a weekly newspaper of the Rheinvalley in Eastern Switzerland, there are still people who eat dogs regularly.
In Switzerland, unlike in other countries, the personal consumption of domestic animals is not forbidden, only the trade in such animals is not allowed. The production of lard, known for its “health benefits” in case of rheumatism is allowed as long as it is not done for profit.
In an interview a farmer told the journalist that “meat from dogs is the healthiest of all. It has shorter fibres than cow meat, has no hormones like veal, no antibiotics like pork”.
A restaurant owner in Widnau, my little hometown confessed his dog eating habits and told the reporter that he was enthusiastic about meat from dogs as well as its lard. Only some days ago he had given dog lard to the policeman for his two children and their cough had been cured at once.
Some time ago the German RTL TV team reported about the dog eating tradition in St. Gallen and Appenzell, two rural Cantons of Eastern Switzerland. The reactions were shocking. Letters of protest were written from different countries to the regional and federal governments. A petition was signed by 7000 people and handed to the commission of the Cantons. It was rejected and not passed on to the Federal Council. The reason? It would not be the duty of the state to watch over the eating habits of its citizens.