Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has dismissed allegations that he once ate a dog as part of a “garbage can of misinformation” – saying he would eat “virtually anything” except a dog, monkey or human.

The independent presidential candidate has slammed Vanity Fair’s extensive reporting suggesting that a disturbing photo of him posing with a burned pooch suggested he ate a puppy in Korea in 2010, the year he was diagnosed with a dead tapeworm in his brain.

“And of course it’s not a dog… it’s a goat in Patagonia,” he told NewsNation’s “Cuomo” late Tuesday night.


Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (left) poses with what appears to be a barbecued dog carcass.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (left) poses with what Vanity Fair reported was a barbecued dog carcass. Obtained by Vanity Fair

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will run as an independent candidate in the 2024 election.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will run as an independent candidate in the 2024 election. Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Shutterstock

“I’m a very adventurous eater… I’ll eat pretty much anything,” the 70-year-old presidential candidate 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 think I would eat anything else, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do those things, so it’s a goat and you are what you eat,” he said, jokingly referring to the acronym for “greatest of all time.”

The bizarre admission came after the magazine reported that Kennedy had sent the photo to a friend who was traveling to Asia last year and suggested the friend visit a restaurant in Korea that served dogs, leading to speculation that the 2024 candidate had eaten one himself.

A veterinarian who examined the bite noted that the carcass has 13 pairs of ribs, including a distinct “floating rib” that suggests it was in fact a dog, the outlet reported.

“They said I was eating a dog in Korea and they checked with experts, metadata experts, and they identified it as Korea and checked with veterinarians who confirmed it was a dog,” said Kennedy, who dismissed the “whole article as a dumping ground of misinformation.”

“It’s a goat and it’s in Patagonia, and it’s a river trip that I used to do every year, on a big whitewater river called the Futaleufú,” he said, accusing Vanity Fair of “destroying” him.

“That’s what everyone eats there, goats.”

According to Vanity Fair, the photo was taken in 2010, the same year Kennedy was diagnosed with a dead tapeworm in his brain.

During his divorce proceedings in 2012, the 70-year-old claimed he may have contracted the parasite during a trip to South Asia.