The Chinese practice of consuming dogs and rats have sneaked its way into Jamaica.
It is nothing new for the Chinese to consume dogs and rats, as it is apart of their culture to do so.
In June, residents in a southern Chinese city that has come under fire for an annual summer solstice festival in which thousands of dogs are slaughtered for food have held their feasts early to avoid attention.
Under the Yulin tradition, eating dog and lychee and drinking liquor on the solstice is supposed to make people stay healthy during winter. It is unclear if the supposed health benefits diminish if the feast occurs before the actual solstice.
Now, new reports are that several Chinese restaurants in Jamaica have allegedly added these animal to their menu under special cuisine names.
The practice of cooking dogs and rats have sneaked its way into becoming a norm in the island, according to the reports.
In April, a video of a woman who was recorded cursing the operators of a Chinese restaurant in Kingston, claiming that they prepare meals in unsanitary conditions, has been met with mixed reactions on popular social-networking site Facebook.
“Gimme mi money mek mi cum out. A bare cockroach food unuh a sell and when di meat rotten, dem use vinegar and wash it off,” the woman said.
One person who found the video funny, wrote, “Nuff dog and rat me eats but them food taste good tho, naah lie hahahaha.”
The name of the Chinese restaurant has not been mentioned in the video. However, some persons who claim that they know the eating place have identified it.
Many persons living in the island of Jamaica have complained that the meal ordered at some Chinese restaraunts tastes some what different from what they expected.
Despite new reports of the Chinese bringing these ‘dog eating practices’ to Jamaica, it is said that dog meat is not cheap but Animal rights activists say the practice is a public-health risk because the dogs undergo no quarantine to ensure they are free of disease, and that they are strays grabbed off streets around the country, as well as allegedly stolen from pet owners.
The dogs are often poisoned with toxic chemicals that could be harmful to humans, they say.
People in China do eat dogs, it’s a delicacy. It’s more expensive than any other meat, usually eaten only by the Chinese aristocracy.
The public uproar reflects the increasing affluence of ordinary Chinese, who keep pets, travel overseas and are changing attitudes towards traditions they may not have questioned before.
Photos on state media showed groups of Yulin city residents tucking into plates of meat and vegetables around dining tables strewn with lychees.
Other photos, which circulated widely on Chinese microblogs, were of skinned, cooked dogs hanging from hooks at street stalls or piled on tables.
Advice to all Chinese food lovers in Jamaica, be specific and try not to order a meal you have no clue about.