Agence France-Presse. (2004, May 6). Wildlife group cooks up honorary title for defiant chef. [Online]. Available: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2004/05/06/1103109.htm [2004, May 6].
chef; restaurants; bushmeat; award; China
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.
Zhang Xingguo, 32, has resigned 20 times from cooking jobs, the Xinhua news agency reports.
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 1 million chefs against cooking wild animals by 2008.