Eating Dog Meat Wards Off Spiritual Attacks
The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Builsa South constituency in the Upper East Region is back with his strong defence for the consumption of dog meat which he says is one of his favourites.
In his latest interview, Dr. Clement Apaak revealed the spiritual aspect of the delicacy, eaten by some tribes in Ghana, including the Frafras in the Upper East Region and others in the southern part.
According to the MP, dog meat can do other things aside from what it is popularly known for.
Speaking on Okay FM, the lawmaker disclosed what many did not know about his favourite, saying it can protect human beings from spiritual attacks.
In the past, the MP is on record to have fought off a petition to ban the consumption of dog meat.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) lawmaker said that he often rubs the fat from dog meat on his chair in Parliament, where he is serving a second term.
This, he explained, helps to ward off any attack on him, regardless of the form it will take
Dr. Apaak explained that the most expensive part of the dog meat is the head, saying it is the prize reward for the annual Frafra games held in Accra.
It is recalled that, in 2021, Dr. Apaak rejected a petition to ban the killing and consumption of dogs and cats in the country.
He described as moot, the concern that their consumption amounted to animal cruelty and so the practice be banned by President Akufo-Addo.
He justified the eating of dogs as part of his culture as a Builsa.
The MP said: “The consumption of any form of meat is a requirement to fulfil the protein needs of any organism, including humans.
In our case, we have various traditions, cultures and ethnicities and by thinking of those traditions and cultures, there are certain species of animals that were consumed.”
“So, for example, I am a Builsa; the consumption of dog meat is part of my culture, it is part of my upbringing.
“There are many groups like the Akyems, the Frafras, Dagaabas and, in fact, the Chinese, as well as the Koreans and even some Japanese, also consume dog meat,” he said.
The petition said that, apart from the fact that it is cruel to kill and eat those animals, they are also kept under unhygienic conditions, promoting the spread of fatal diseases.
The petition argued: “The World Health Organisation has confirmed that these global live animal markets must be closed, as they are at the root of COVID-19 and are also a breeding ground for the spread of other fatal diseases.”
“Dogs and cats are not food, but loyal companion animals that should be treated with kindness and respect, not brutalised and eaten,” Ms Choolun said in a petition, which noted that the trade in dogs and cats is widespread across African countries, thus, making them unattractive to tourists who are aware of the cruelty they go through and, so, unwilling to invest in those countries.”
She added: “The brutal dog and cat meat trade is putting human health at risk from consumption of dogs and cats in form of Cholera, Rabies and other deadly diseases and now COVID-19.
“We urge you to ban the demonic dog and animal sacrifices and the barbaric dog and cat meat trade in Africa. Like many harmful and outdated practices in history, these barbaric animal sacrifices must also be abolished,” she said.
It said the government must also ban wildlife trade, dog racing and dogfighting and “implement enforceable laws to protect these animals from harm.”
Meanwhile, the Builsa South MP maintains his assertion, saying “In Ghana, we know of other groups that also consume cat meat and, so, for anyone to say that there should be a ban on the consumption of something that is part of our culture and our tradition, clearly, I cannot see how that argument can be sustained on the basis of animal cruelty. Why, are chickens not animals? Are goats not animals? Don’t Americans keep chickens and goats as pets? Are cows not considered sacred in India? So, on what basis is anyone seeking to get the government to ban forms of meat.”