If I want to tell somebody that Chinese people have a lot of food and that they eat cats and dogs for other reasons, can I say:
The reason why Chinese people eat cats and dogs is not because of the lack of food.
Would it be mistaken for "Chinese people don't have food, but they don't eat cats and dogs for not having food but for other reasons." because the "the lack of food" over here kind of makes me think like they are having that kind of problem, which is not exactly what I meant.
Or I should say it without a "the"
The reason why Chinese people eat cats and dogs is not because of lack of food.
If you could, please also explain how the article "the" works in cases like this?
It is just a example sentence. Please forgive me if you get offended. By the way - I am Chinese, so I can't be racist, right? lol