Monday, 1 June 2009

China Authroities Ban Snake-Bitten "Cock-In-A-Pot"

WARNING: Graphic Video Embedded - Please do no watch if easily offended... contains some cruelty.

Thank goodness that Chinese authorities in Beijing have seen the light on this one. As is well known, certain provinces in Chinese are not unaccustomed to serving very strange and exotic dishes (often cruelly obtained by western standards).

Health authorities are putting a stop to restaurants serving chickens which have been bitten to death by poisonous snakes and cooked up for a supposedly detoxing meal.

This particular dish is served by some restaurants in the southern province of Guangdong and the southwestern city of Chongqing. The video embedded here from Sina.com has led to huge controversy and criticism in both the Chinese mainstream media as well as mianland bloggers.

The video, showing a cook holding a snake and forcing it to bite a live chicken until it dies, has been widely circulated online and is drawing some very angry comments indeed.

Guangdong health authorities have already told restaurants to stop serving "poisonous snake-bitten chicken" and now the authorities in Chongqing will be doing the same.

A local heath official said, "Although nobody has been poisoned, this at the very least is an irregular way of slaughtering poultry".

Please heed my warning again - do not watch this video if you are easily offended....



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