Would you eat a creature who is revered as a pet? Could you entertain the thought of eating a feline or a canine companion?
Countries develop different customs. In the Western countries, dogs are so beloved they have even become fashion accessories, peeking from glitzy bags in shopping areas of the rich and famous.
Westerners find this practice of eating dog one of the most difficult things to accept about living in South Korea, and some other Asian countries.
And many Koreans believe Westerners shouldn't tell them how to live their lives.
Nobody knows how many dog farms there are in Korea. Closing them would be a big task.
But one group of campaigners from Humane Society International and the Change For Animals Foundation is working on a way of breaking the deadlock.
This week, opponents have come to an amicable agreement. They have listened to each other and found a way forward.
A farmer will free more than 100 of his dogs in return for cash and a business plan for a different kind of business. The vaccinated dogs will be flown out to new homes in California this week, starting on Tuesday.
Since signing a legally binding contract, the farmer's activities will be monitored to ensure he doesn't return to the dog industry, or any other business that involves the slaughter of animals for meat.
He has also agreed to encourage other dog farmers to make the change.
Meanwhile, due to customers' swing in preferences, dog restaurants are closing. Seoul once had 1,500 serving dog, now that figure has fallen to about 700. Source: BBC.
This is an ongoing project. In mid March, nearly 60 South Korean dogs raised for slaughter arrived in Northern California to begin new lives as human companions instead of dinner.
The same Society rescued canines ranging from beagles, poodles and Korean Jindos to mastiff-like Tosas from a dog-meat farm outside Seoul, whose owner agreed to get out of the business and grow chili peppers instead.
I've loved many dogs over the 70 year span of my life. I often link with them in my mind, and I hope to find them waiting for me when I enter the pearly gates. I could no more eat a dog than devour one of my own babies. In fact, I don't eat any animal by option, although my husband and I eat chicken.
By attempting to influence other cultures in their diet, the human race are acting with one consciousness. 'All for one, and one for all.'
Would you choose to eat dog?