Monday, June 19, 2006


In the latest submission from the "Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction" Files, this Reuter's piece informs us that Beijing animal rights protesters entered the "Fangji Cat Meatball restaurant," forcing it to shut down, after insisting that "the owner free any live cats on the premises."

Not Made Up. True News Story. Among other highlights:
The proprietor at first defending his region's dining traditions, before declaring, "I cannot go on with my business, and I will not sell cat meat any more."

Some of the protestors "burst[ing] into tears upon finding a skinned cat in a fridge."

One of the organizers explaining that the Fangji Cat Meatball Restaurant was chosen as the target for the protest because, "because it killed cats in the street and it was 'very bad for the students from nearby schools.'"

And finally, a brief discussion of animal rights activists' troubles in China because during the nation's "Communist heyday [pet owning] was frowned upon as a bourgeois activity."
Or maybe it was merely a case of needing the extra food when half the country starved during the Great Leap Forward. Here, Kitty Kitty. Starvation+Cultural Traditions: a volitile mix for Fluffy.

And lest Fido & Rex get too cocky, North Korean dogs are hereby on notice of food shortages in the Dear Leader's land as well.


Anonymous mr. xyz said...

I heard they sold off all the kitchen appliances in that restaurant. One guy brought back a microwave oven he had bought though. He complained that everything he cooked in it tasted like pussy.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous monsieur y said...

Cats may first have their bones broken with a hammer, before being boiled alive and pureed into a "health drink," which may be sold in plastic packets for home consumption. They may be beaten to death in hessian sacks. Cat soup is the preferred way to prepare cat meat and kittens are considered to have a more delicate flavour. "Goyangi-tan" (Liquid cat) (being a phonetic translation it is sometimes rendered "goyangi-tang" or translated as "cat stew") is believed to have medicinal qualities. Though they might not eat the cat meat, a soup paste made from cat is used to treat rheumatism.

12:46 AM  
Blogger DED said...

Doesn't sound very kosher to me.

10:55 AM  

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