Skip to comments.Chef fired 12 times wins Chinese animal rights award
Posted on 05/06/2004 4:22:18 PM PDT by martin_fierro
Chef fired 12 times wins Chinese animal rights award
Thu May 6, 1:01 PM ET
BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese chef fired 12 times for refusing to cook wild animals has been awarded the honorary title "Green Chef Protecting Wildlife" by the China Wildlife Conservation Association.
Thirty-two-year-old Zhang Xingguo's defiance has also seen him resign 20 times from cooking jobs, the Xinhua news agency said Thursday.
He claims to have converted more than 700 chefs who now refuse to cook the wild animals that regularly grace dinner tables in a country that believes they are good for health.
Civet cats, raccoons, badgers, weasels, baby deer, cats and dogs are all culinary staples in China, accompanying such traditional fare as snakes, frogs and tortoises.
At a ceremony in Beijing this week, the China Wildlife Conservation Association launched a campaign to win the signatures of over one million chefs against cooking wild animals by 2008, when China's capital hosts the Olympics.
It said "WILD animals". Of course, in the U.S. most restaurants don't serve any wild animals, but some do (especially if seafood are considered "animals"). I don't know about in other places.
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