Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Boiled chicken anyone?

Although most restaurants get their chicken already slaughtered, the Holiday Inn East Taipei decided to take a crack at killing its own chicken. Chef Zhang Xiaochun was performing a 3-minute chicken-cooking skills presentation at the Holiday Inn. During this presentation he took a live chicken and threw it into a pot of boiling water. He allowed the chicken to be scalded to death before plucking it and continuing with the presentation.

The Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan has called for the government to punish the hotel and the chef for violating animal cruelty laws. According to the law, the slaughter of poultry is only allowed at certified locations, a hotel not being one.

The Animal Industry Department under the Council of Agriculture (COA) also said that the conduct of boiling a chicken alive violates the Animal Protection Act. The penalty for such a crime can be up to $15,700.

Read the full story at FocusTaiwan.

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