Mark McGowan, 37, said he ate “about three bites” of the dog meat, cooked with apples, onions and seasoning, to highlight what he called Prince Philip’s mistreatment of a fox during a hunt by the queen’s husband in January.
“It was pretty disgusting,” McGowan said of the meal, which he ate while appearing on a London radio station Tuesday. Yoko Ono, another guest on the show, also tried the meat.
Reports that Ms. Ono had partaken of this fare resulted untrue. McGowan, known for his outrageous stunts, uses shock value to try and draw attention to his political concerns, which unfortunately frequently come off as infantile and reactionary. Far be it for me to advocate eating dogs on an entirely unncessary basis, however, this instance gave me pause because:
The dog died of natural causes at a corgi breeder and was prepared and cooked by others for McGowan.
I recently had a conversation regarding the ethics of a vegetarian who was quite willing to eat a chicken who had died of natural causes, rather than raised and killed for food supply. In a similar fashion, raising a fox for use in a hunt, only for it to die stressed, traumatised, shot, and then beaten to death is endlessly more cruel even than McGowan’s (a vegetarian) plate of the Queen’s preferred dog breed.
McGowan’s next performance has no stated goals, yet, but considering Ireland’s newfound wealth, perhaps he’s hinting that the country is now “swimming” in potatoes.
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