Jonathan Rhys Meyers attacked by PETA for eating dog

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers has come under fire from animal rights activists after his latest co-star, Radha Mitchell, let it slip that he ate dog while filming in China.

Mitchell coos about the movie hunk’s “adventurous pallet” but officials at People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are less than impressed.

The actress insists dining out in rural China, where she and Rhys-Meyers, shot new film The Children of Huang Shi, was a challenge – and her co-star decided to go native.

She says, “The challenge was ordering lunch and getting chicken claws, just these weird things that you don’t expect and you’re not used to so you’re constantly adjusting. Jonathan did the dog’s meat. We were in some restaurant and there was dog meat on the menu and there was someone next to us just sitting there with their Chihuahua in a handbag.

“I was thinking, ‘That could’ve been dessert.'”

But PETA bosses are appalled that Rhys-Meyers, who plays British journalist George Hogg in the Roger Spottiswoode film, sampled man’s best friend.

Spokesman Michael MCGraw rages, “Most people are appalled to hear about Jonathan Rhys Meyers eating dog flesh.”
And he urges anyone sickened by the story to consider turning veggie: “They should take a look at what’s on their own plates. Chickens and cows may not be as cute and cuddly as puppies, but when it comes to their ability to feel pain and suffer, they are no different from animals people call pets. The best way to avoid harming any animals is simply not to eat them and go veggie.”



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Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 at 8:08am
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May 21st, 2008 at 8:47 am

Are they going to start protesting animals who eat other animals for food too.

May 21st, 2008 at 9:07 am

when i was traveling in china, we did happen to get served a bowl of chicken parts including feet and beaks. however, puppy is a delicacy that you are not going to be ‘accidentally’ served. so, JRM had to have really wanted to try it. i’m not saying it’s right or wrong just that his ‘people’ shouldn’t try to spin it as something that he didn’t do on purpose.

May 21st, 2008 at 9:39 am

that would be “palate” not “pallet!”

May 21st, 2008 at 9:53 am

Pita needs to be put down.

May 21st, 2008 at 9:55 am

This is ridiculous. HOw is it anyone else’s business what he puts in his stomach. Find a REAL cause… like all the people DYING for the “freedom” of this country overseas. Jebus.

May 23rd, 2008 at 4:47 am

@ Carson, while I’m sure you traveled in China because your story about the chicken parts is pretty common, you are wrong about dog being a delicacy in China, particularly in the northeast Korean influenced part of the country. Dog is relatively common and is something you can order in many restaurants, but they don’t put it on the English menu because they know foreigners don’t like it.

May 26th, 2008 at 1:26 am

oh COME ON. peta is just ridiculous. its called THE CIRCLE OF LIFE, IDIOTS.i agree with jesse d. much bigger problems in this world.

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