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 towards 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.