I think there is a difference. If dogs are farmed for meat and held in reasonable conditions prior to human slaughter then fine. But a lot of dog meat trade results in animals, many domesticated, being lifted off the streets and held in unspeakable conditions. There is also a lot of concern around how they dogs are slaughtered. Often being killed by being thrown in to cats of boiling water. Surely humanity is better than that?
I agree with you at @whitesnake as we are talking specifically about dog meat in Thailand, we shouldn’t be saying it’s happens with pigs or cows in other countries. The whole dog meat trade in Asia, is as you put it, f***ING disgusting. It’s no way to treat an animal. I’ve seen dogs in cages on pickups in Thailand 15 years ago and that was terrible. I really don’t know what my reaction would be if I saw them bagged up like the picture on this thread. It would be hard not to say something, though that would be dangerous.
I think the issue is how animals are treated prior to slaughter. I personally don’t eat red meat from animals like pig, cows or sheep. I do however eat chicken, Turkey and fish. The picture above is clearly atrocious treatment of an animal and hard to imagine how anyone could be so heartless to do such a thing. That said, in Thailand you often see pigs being transported in over crowded vehicles in direct sunlight and most likely without any water. I have no objection to people eating animals, but I do object to cruel treatment prior to slaughter.
No I’m not arguing that point at all. I’m simply saying that Thailand should perhaps rethink these things given treatment of their nationals in many western countries would be different and should also rethink the “status” of people who retire or marry one of their nationals? The irritation this case is causing is not on the specific of this particular case; which I’ve already said I think he will lose on, it’s more to do with the generalised double pricing for many services in Thailand. I’ve already said that if tiered pricing is clearly posted prior to hospital treatment then he has very little to argue his point with. The thread expanded to discuss more general double pricing in Thailand. Scope creep is often a problem with threads on casual forums such as this.
So to be clear:
Will he lose this case? Yes.
Should Thailand treat retirees better? Yes.
Should Thailand stop dual pricing for Thais and non-Thais for things like entrance to national parks and temples? Yes.
Will they change anything? No.