China Takes Dog Off Olympic Menu

Squeamish tourists can rest easy
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2008 1:00 PM CDT
South Korean animal rights activists perform a skit during a campaign opposing eating dogmeat in Seoul, Aug. 14, 2007. Many South Koreans believe eating dogmeat will help them endure the summer heat.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Beijing is asking restaurants and hotels to remove dog meat from their menus to appease squeamish travelers coming to town for the Olympics and Paralympics, Reuters reports. Beijing’s large Korean population often dines on man’s best friend, and the meat has become popular in Yunnan and Guizhou restaurants as well. South Korea enacted a similar ban during the 1988 Games.