Special report: 2008 Olympic
BEIJING, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Gourmets with a
special predilection for dog meat will be disappointed if they come to the
Chinese capital in the coming two months, according to a Beijing Tourism Bureau
official on Friday.
Xiong Yumei, the bureau's vice director, said if a
customer ordered dog meat restaurant staff should "patiently" suggest another
"Conflicts should be avoided," she stressed.
Beijing Catering Trade Association (BETA) issued a circular that forbade all
112-designated restaurants to provide dog meat dishes during the August
Olympics. It added, as for other establishments, they were strongly advised to
suspend serving dog until September.
As for dog meat for medicinal
purposes, the circular said the ingredient should be listed clearly. The meat is
believed by many Chinese to be an effective element to lower high blood
Any restaurant found violating the ban would be blacklisted by
the association, though the exact punishment was not specified.