Monday, July 14, 2008

Beijing takes dog off the menu for Olympics

I first posted these photos in a post I wrote in November 2006 - these are dogs who were destined to be used as food - these are dogs who in their who life have been treated as livestock.
These are dogs who have never been shown any kindness whatsoever. When we look at these dogs we want to give them a kiss and take them home - but these dogs wouldn't really understand what we were doing initially probably. I'm sure they'd quickly be rehabilitiated - but these dogs, because of the culture they came from - were meant as a food source. How IS that any different from a pig or a cow? REALLY? How IS that different from a pig or a cow? Except for the fact that in OUR culture we sleep and coddle this species?

Anyway - today there was an article about how China has removed dog from the menu in response to the upcoming Olympics - interesting:

Beijing takes dog off the menu for Olympics
Published: Friday, July 11, 2008

BEIJING (Reuters) - 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 labeled.

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."

The directive "advocated" that all restaurants serving dog suspend it during the Olympics but made no mention of the many popular establishments with donkey on the menu.

Criticism from Westerners caused the dog meat-loving South Koreans to ban canine dishes for a period of time during the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

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