Don’t eat furry friends, diners in China urged
BEIJING - Agence France-Presse
The 279 adverts were put up in 14 Chinese cities including Beijing. AFP photoAnimal rights campaigners have launched a poster campaign urging Chinese diners to turn down cat and dog dishes, with the group calling for the creatures to be considered “friends not food.”
The 279 adverts were put up in 14 cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, Hong Kong-based campaign group Animals Asia said. Cat and dog meat are not widely eaten in China but can be found at some restaurants, particularly in the south, where they are sometimes considered specialities. But as the country has grown wealthier pet ownership has increased, and more than 30 million households now keep a cat or dog, according to research group Euromonitor. Animals Asia appeared to be trying to tap into that growing demographic of pet owners.
One poster showed a small girl sitting with two dogs while a human hand aimed a pair of chopsticks at one of the animals.
“What you just put into your mouth could have been a child’s partner in growth,” the advertisement read. “Be healthy. Say no to cat and dog meat.” On its website Animals Asia said the posters, announced earlier this month, aimed to inform the public of health risks from eating cat and dog, and were intended “to prompt people to re-evaluate why they’d eat animals they might otherwise consider friends not food”.