Dogs and cats are eaten by humans in many countries and regions around the world, including Taiwan, Korea, Mexico, Vietnam, French Polynesia, Switzerland, the Arctic and parts of the United States. While many cultures consider this practice to be taboo, many others have no such qualms and consider this to be a regular part of their diet.
In many parts of the world, cats and dogs have been bred for food for centuries, and were not considered to be pets before the coming of Europeans. In many instances, the consumption of these animals is thought to contribute to good luck or enhanced health. In other cases, dogs and cats have been eaten out of desperation in times of famine or war.