National 10.8.2016 09:43 am

Pretoria restaurant dog meat story a hoax

(Photo by Gallo Images / Home / Francois Oberholster)

(Photo by Gallo Images / Home / Francois Oberholster)

The hoax story said a Chinese restaurant had been granted provisional permission to slaughter, consume and sell dog meat.

An article circulating on social media stating that Chinese restaurants are serving dog meat in Pretoria is a hoax, reports Pretoria East Rekord.

This was the word from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA), which said it had been in touch with the relevant authorities on the matter.

“[They] confirmed that is a hoax.”

The article, posted on the site Gossip Mill, claimed that a popular Chinese restaurant had received permission to sell dog meat to its customers. The article further stated that the restaurant had argued in court that the banning of consuming dog meat was a violation of Chinese religious and cultural rights.

The article said the restaurant was granted provisional permission to slaughter, consume and sell dog meat while it awaited the Supreme Court’s final decision on the matter.

“The restaurant is allowed to slaughter up to 35 dogs per week, under the conditions that dogs are properly killed and humanely,” it said.

The NSPCA said on its Facebook page: “It was confirmed by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries that no such permission has been granted to any restaurant to slaughter and sell dog meat.”

Caxton News Service

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