Posted by: mulrickillion | November 19, 2011

Controversy dogs popular ancient cuisine


Volunteers unload dogs from a truck in Zigong, Southwest China’s Sichuan province, on Oct 15. The dogs, if not saved by animal rights groups, would otherwise have been transported to various parts of China to be slaughtered and served on tables. [Provided to China Daily].

By Cang Wei, China Daily, Nov 19, 2011 — BEIJING – Some Chinese animal welfare groups are challenging an old Chinese tradition that has a history thousands of years old – eating dogs.

Citing health reasons and animal rights, the groups are resorting to advertisements and social campaigns to persuade people from eating dogs – an effort that is, however, irritating meat traders and fans of the cuisine, popular in northeastern and southern parts of China. . . .

Unlike many Western countries where dog meat is banned, eating dogs in China dates back to the Neolithic Age. Eating dogs, especially in winter, is socially acceptable as people believe the meat has medicinal qualities and can help combat diseases such as cold.

In Compendium of Materia Medica, the encyclopedic work on traditional Chinese medicine written during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), four prescriptions containing dog meat were recorded. . . .

Controversy dogs popular ancient cuisine|China photos|


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