While most people in the U.S. would shudder at the sight of even seeing an item with dog or cat in it, other parts of the world consume these animals on a regular basis. 

Eating dog is legal in many countries (including most states here) but the idea of consuming man's best friend has animal rights activists up in arms. Americans may consider consumption of these animals taboo, but in India--despite their growing cattle export industry-- cows are considered sacred and rarely eaten by locals. In many Islamic countries, eating pigs is rare.

Animals can be friends and food. But if you don't fancy trying a meat that hits too close to home, then proceed with caution when exploring new dishes in the following countries.