I think it’s funny the way my roommate from India always asks before taking food from anyone if it contains any beef.
If the answer is yes, she tries hard to hide her face of disgust and politely says, “No thanks.”
It is not surprising. Indians consider cows to be sacred and magical, more than what we think of our pets.
I imagine the same reaction in American tourists when scanning the dog section of a restaurant menu during their trip to the Olympics.
The Beijing Catering Trade Association banned dog meat from the Menu of all the 112 designated Olympic Restaurants, to avoid this reaction of dog-loving tourists.
It is a big disappointment for those who were daring enough to try this treat they would never be able to consume in their own countries.
However, it is probably not going to affect the residents, since they don’t tend to eat dog meat during the hot months of summer anyway.
In the end, isn’t killing a dog for its meat the same as having beef for dinner? My Indian roommate would probably agree.