Dog Meat Off The Menu In Beijing

BEIJING (AP) -- Canine cuisine is being sent to the doghouse during next month's Beijing Olympic Games.

Dog meat has been struck from the menus of officially designated Olympic restaurants, and Beijing tourism officials are telling other outlets to discourage consumers from ordering dishes made from dogs, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Friday.

Waiters and waitresses should "patiently" suggest other options to diners who order dog, it said, quoting city tourism bureau Vice Director Xiong Yumei.

Dog, known in Chinese as "xiangrou," or "fragrant meat," is eaten by some Chinese for its purported health-giving qualities.

Beijing isn't the first Olympic host to slap a ban on the dish.

South Korea banned dog meat during the 1988 Seoul Olympics by invoking a law prohibiting the sale of "foods deemed unsightly." After the Olympics, the ban was not strictly enforced.

Dog meat is also eaten in some other Asian countries, including Vietnam, the Philippines and Laos.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2008 at 10:35 AM
    So is it safe to take your dog to china, or just one part of china, the public need to know, that way their dog want go missing and end up on their dinner plate. Animals right people, you will love this.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jul 13, 2008 at 09:14 AM
    Bow down China. If you wanna eat dog meat, then it. Why is the government putting a ban on it? I guess they don't want the world to see "ethnic everyday cuisine" of the Chinese. Is the ban all over China or just in Beijing? Are they gonna ban the turtle eating, and all other exotic foods?

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