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A mad dog bit, was butchered & eaten

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(BY: REV. BERLIE G. YAP) When summer arrives, a number of odd things do happen around and must be readied. Scientifically, few stray dogs would turn to become mad, when summer arrives, because of the extreme heat. This actually did already happen in Cabatangan last week, a mad dog bit children and other animals.

When residents noticed the behavior of the dog as abnormal, together with the local tanods, they killed it. Accordingly, they were scared of the probable rabies it was carrying because those animals, like kitten, which it bit died, thus they killed the dog right away. But the next thing may shock you.

The incident was reported to the City Health Office, and by the advice of the authority some technicians secured the head of said the dog. But to the surprise of the sent personnel, the decapitated head was already charred. Their doubt was confirmed, that the mad dog was actually not just killed but butchered and its meat was eaten and distributed to other people.

Now the situation is compounded, those bitten by the mad dog contracted rabies through its saliva. Innocent residents did not think that eating its meat has the worse infection of rabies. Unless, those who were bitten and eaten the dog’s meat could be given shots of antidote, they may die.

How in the world did it happen? It was only a simple math, did those who indulged not thought a second for its harm that it could definitely give? It’s generally unclean to eat dog’s meat, and let alone eating one from a mad dog! Ain’t it that it’s now a statute in the country the prohibition to slaughter dogs?

We thank God that in Zamboanga, we do not have such an extreme famine where we already could eat the uneatable. When this news reached and was aired in Barangay eMedia, many loathed and almost puked. Was the action of those who ate only for a thrill or were they just hungry?

Expectedly, more stray dogs will turn to become mad as the long summer is yet starting to pick-up. It is a natural law to keep you own dogs inside your houses’ fence or at least tie them; though they are man’s best friends, logically, to their owners, but never to strangers.

It is irresponsibility to any owner to just leave their pet dogs stray into the open public. Zamboangueños should learn to be accountable for dire accidents as the rabies of dog bites, which may cause death to the victim that can actually be avoided if little discretion is applied.

Please, let us also not eat dog’s meat. Other peoples up north in Luzon love dog’s meat very much, their beliefs are such meat contains strength or vigor, power and aphrodisiac components for the men. Unfortunately, none of those fantasies are true scientifically. However, rabies is inherent in dog’s meat which can be definitely detrimental to the health of those who eat it.

After all, there are many or other meats available everywhere which are edible. We eat and patronize those, not the former. For those in Cabatangan, by giving them the benefit of the doubt, who had butchered and eaten the mad dog’s meat, believably you learnt very Good lessons, hence, never and ever do it again.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance. From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth— he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.” Ps. 33:12-15

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