Thursday, September 11, 2003

If budget woes lead to cutbacks in animal control…

Eat More Dogs, Cambodians Urged

Thu September 11, 2003 10:24 AM ET
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodians are being urged to eat more dogs as part of a crackdown on stray mutts wandering around the capital of the southeast Asian nation.

Although dogs, along with creepy-crawlies such as spiders, beetles and crickets, are found regularly on menus in deeply impoverished rural areas, eating them is frowned upon in the relative sophistication of Phnom Penh.

City governor Kep Chuktema says it is now time to draw up a special pooch policy to control the growing problem of pavement-fouling strays, and for city-dwellers to throw off their traditional snootiness toward dining on man's best friend.

"Come on, dog meat is so delicious," he was quoted as saying in Thursday's Cambodia Daily newspaper. "The Vietnamese and Koreans love to eat dog meat."

"(Cambodians) don't have wine, but poor people can enjoy their dog meat with palm juice wine," he said.

Hitherto, Phnom Penh dog lovers have had to keep their tastes under wraps by asking for 'special' or 'jogging cow' meat in restaurants.

Jogging cow. Interesting message-- if you're tired of stepping in dog crap you'll eat more dog. Cambodians eager to do their part eagerly await the most recent edition of Cooking with Dog: The taste sensation that keeps the streets cleaner. Not exactly Soylent Green, but close enough. You know, Shrubya has yet to be specific when calling for "sacrifice." Hmmm...

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