China has ordered dog meat to be taken off the menu at its 112 official Olympic restaurants in order to avoid offending foreign visitors.
Restaurant workers are advised to "patiently" suggest other options to diners who order dog.
Any restaurant found violating the ban would be black-listed, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Dog - known as "fragrant meat" - is eaten by some Chinese for purported medicinal properties.
The ban, issued by the Beijing Catering Trade Association, forbids all designated Olympic restaurants from offering dog and urges other food outlets to remove the meat from menus.
Friday, July 11, 2008
China Says "No Dog for You!"
How considerate...(insert dripping sarcasm here)