Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Beijing, China. Olympics 2008. Dog Meat Trade.

We know that the Chinese authorities first rounded up thousands of cats in preparation for the summer Olympics, and then followed that up with a similar roundup of dogs in Beijing. They claimed that they sent the animals to a temporary holding area, like a shelter, outside
the city. But who believes that, really. It's not a shelter if you hold them there to wait out their execution. However, no country will boycott the Olympics because of animal cruelty. Sad, but true. Here's a report concerning the serving of dog meat in Beijing restaurants when the Olympics are on:

" Beijing takes dog off the menu
Published: Saturday, 12 July, 2008, 01:57 AM Doha Time

BEIJING: Beijing has asked hotels and restaurants in the city to take dog meat off the menu for the duration of next month's Olympics and September's Paralympics. Dog is eaten not only by the large Korean community in China's capital but is also popular in Yunnan and Guizhou restaurants. A directive from the Beijing Food Safety Office issued last month ordered Olympic contractor hotels not to provide any dishes made with dog meat and said any canine material used in traditional medicated diets must be clearly labelled. Concerned that canine dishes might offend animal rights groups and Western visitors, Beijing said restaurants expected to be popular among foreign visitors must stop serving dog meat "to respect the dining customs of different countries". (Reuters)


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