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(The Hill) – Robert F. Kennedy Jr. criticized a recent Vanity Fair article for suggesting he had eaten a dog, explaining instead that the photographed carcass was that of a goat.


Kennedy said Tuesday on NewsNation’s “Cuomo” program that a published photo of Kennedy posing next to an unidentified woman with an animal carcass on a spit was a goat photographed during a river trip in Patagonia.

The independent presidential candidate took issue with the Vanity Fair article that claimed the animal photographed was a dog and suggested he ate it. The article’s headline reads: “RFK Jr.’s Family Doesn’t Want Him to Run. Even They May Not Know His Darkest Secrets.”

“And of course it’s not a dog and they said I ate a dog in Korea, and they checked with experts, metadata experts, and identified it as Korea and checked with veterinarians who validated it was a dog, and it is a goat,” he told NewsNation’s Chris Cuomo.

Vanity Fair reported that Kennedy texted the photo, taken in 2010, to a friend who was traveling to Asia. The magazine also reported that a veterinarian said the animal in the photo was a dog, pointing to the animal’s 13 pairs of ribs.

Kennedy said the photo was taken during a river trip on the Futaleafu that he took every year.

“And you know, a kayak trip, that’s what we ate, that’s what everyone down there eats, goats. Oh, you know, the fact is, the irony of Vanity Fair is, the most persistent complaint against me is that I, I promote misinformation, but that whole article is just a dumpster fire of misinformation,” he added.

Kennedy noted that there were only three things he didn’t eat.

“And you know, I’m a very adventurous eater, Chris. I think you know that I’ll eat pretty much anything,” he said.

“There are two things I wouldn’t eat. Well, three. I wouldn’t eat a human, I wouldn’t eat a monkey, and I wouldn’t eat a dog. I guess I would eat anything else, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do those things. So it’s a goat and, and you are what you eat,” he added.

Kennedy also reiterated these comments in a post on the social media platform X on Tuesday.

“Hey @VanityFair you know when your veterinary experts call a goat a dog and your forensic experts say a photo taken in Patagonia was taken in Korea you’ve joined the ranks of supermarket tabloids. Keep telling America that up is down if you will,” he wrote.

NewsNation is owned by Nexstar Media Group, which also owns The Hill.

The Hill has reached out to Conde Nast, owner of Vanity Fair, for comment.