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Man Legally Kills And Cooks Pet Dog

Groups are calling for a change to New Zealand law, after a man legally killed and cooked his pet dog.

In New Zealand, you are legally allowed to kill and eat your pet, as long as it's done humanely.

In the case of Paea Taufa, authorities ruled that his method of killing his pet Staffordshire Terrier named Ripper met that guideline. Taufa hit his dog in the head with a hammer, knocking it unconscious before slitting its throat, and authorities deemed that to be a fast and painless death.

Taufa and his wife are from neighboring Tonga and say it's customary to eat your pet. They say the family pet is actually considered a delicacy on their home island.

"Dog, horse, we eat it in Tonga, it's good for us," said Lupi Taufa, Paea's wife. "When we eat pig, sometimes it's a problem to our stomach, but when we eat dog, it's good food."

The Society For Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals said because of the New Zealand law, authorities are unable to prosecute Taufa, who said he wanted to get rid of Ripper because the dog had fleas.

The SPCA is now calling on the New Zealand government to change the legislation so more pets don't end up on dinner tables.

'I've found it abhorrent," said Shelly Ryan, an SPCA education manager. "New Zealanders would be very uncomfortable to have this practice revealed as occuring in New Zealand."

In the meantime, the SPCA says people must be educated that pets are to be loved, not eaten.


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