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Dog Meat a Concern for Bejing

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2008 at 7:04 pm

Bejing has been busy preparing for when it hosts the 2008 Summer Olympics that will begin 08-08-08. China asked its city to take dog meat off the menu during the August Olympics and the September Paralympics over concerns that such dishes would offend animal rights groups and visiting Westerns. The large Korean community in Bejing is well-known for canine meat dishes, but such dishes are also popular in Yunnan and Guizhou restaurants. In June, the Beijing Food Safety Office ordered Olympic contractor hotels not to provide any dishes made with dog meat. Also, any canine material used in traditional medicated diets (it is believed to have medicinal qualities such as lowering blood pressure) must be clearly labeled as containing the material. This is reminiscent of the 1988 Seoul Olympics when South Korea banned canine dishes as a result of Western criticism.

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-Amanda Giffi


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