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Fox carcass discovery closes restaurant

The Local · 2 Dec 2011, 13:57

Published: 02 Dec 2011 13:57 GMT+01:00

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Inspectors told the regional Volksstimme newspaper that they immediately confiscated the animal from the Bao Viet restaurant in Magdeburg and sent it away for testing.

“It must now be examined to see whether the animal had diseases,” Eike Hennig, the head of the local health department told the Volksstimme, adding that he had never seen such a bizarre health code violation.

Officials are worried the beast may have had rabies or be infested with trichinella, a worm parasite that can invade the human body and cause severe neurological damage.

Eating foxes is forbidden in Germany under food hygiene regulations that ban the consumption of dog-like animals. It is unclear, however, whether the restaurant owners will face fines or other punishments.

It is also not yet known if restaurant customers may have already been fed fox meat.

There is also uncertainty surrounding the question of whether the animal was found dead or killed for the purpose of human consumption. Authorities are investigating the possibility that the animal was slain illegally by poachers.

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The restaurant owners told inspectors that they killed the fox themselves for “personal use,” according to the Volksstimme.

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14:56 December 2, 2011 by freechoice
They should be on the lookout for dog meat too!
14:58 December 2, 2011 by storymann
How can it be unclear if the restaurant owner "may" face fines or other punishment.

Fox are protected in Germany not just from being eaten.
15:36 December 2, 2011 by canadianinberlin
Sad, one wonders why this piece wasn't corrected for errors (grammatical and other) before publishing.
16:02 December 2, 2011 by axzed
Vulpslaughter if not manslaughter
18:04 December 2, 2011 by bugger
The owner must be fined in any case, and the imbiss closed down.

It is illegal

- to poach

- to catch wild animals

- to kill protected species

- to kill a mammal unless you are a certified butcher or legal hunter (certain animals only)

- to prepare and serve meat ruled unfit for human consumption

- to prepare and serve meat ruled unfit for human consumption in the same kitchen where food for customers is prepared.

I am aware that in Viet Nam almost everything alive is eaten. Also, food is prepared on the sidewalk touching the pavement. This is a cultural thing. But by handling and preparing food for selling it to customers in Germany, they must have known in advance what is legal and what is not before opening their business.

Even worse if people already unknowingly have eaten dog, cat, rat and more in that disgusting place.
21:55 December 2, 2011 by puisoh
It was once said, Chinese eat everything with four-legs except tables and chairs.

Was also a saying, anything with its back facing the sky can be eaten.

But they are not known to eat rabbits so pasionately as the Germans and the French.

I am almost vegetarian.
23:49 December 2, 2011 by ovalle3.14
Is anybody really surprised? Come on people...
01:09 December 3, 2011 by brnskin2010
Viets have been known 2 eat dogs as well.....I'm from the U.S. and the state that I lived in had discovered hundreds of dog skins hanging in the back of Viets's homes drying out........they shouldn't be allowed to open restaurants in countries where it's forbidden to eat dogs, cats, foxes etc....just sayn
01:57 December 3, 2011 by ron1amr
The saying is when in Rome do what the Romans do. In the Philippines some people there catch dogs and eat them but not all Philippine people. So too in Vietnam I guess. This must be an isolated case where as the general Vietnamese restaurants will abide by the laws I hope.
03:43 December 3, 2011 by volvoman9
In Southeast Asia it is common to see dogs,cats,monkeys and a wide variety of other animals not consumed by Westerners in open air markets. The are often trussed up with dis-located legs hanging alive and on display. It is said that in a local Chinese eatery that if one is quiet one can hear the cats in the kitchen
09:55 December 3, 2011 by raandy
That may be true in Asia , but Vaio Viet isn't in Kansas anymore todo.
12:53 December 3, 2011 by heyheyhey
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02:59 December 4, 2011 by derExDeutsche
I just love authentic Vietnamese! YUM! I'm going to look this place up next time I'm in Magdeburg.
14:25 December 4, 2011 by BR549
Fox...it's not just for breakfast anymore! Tastes like chicken...nom nom nom!
02:22 December 5, 2011 by beverly
In the 70's in San Francisco so many wild animals just disappeared in

Golden Gate Park....the squirrels go to picnic tables looking for a bite.

They must have been easy catches....A Malamute dog was missing

and dogs were stolen and eaten....

Chinatown here has many violations......
04:41 December 6, 2011 by SchafEK
What a shame....this is disgusting! Had the Inspectors received a tip? Hopefully prior customers are not at risk. Punishment should not be questionable, but a must!

All of these type of restaurants should be suspect - Inspectors will be very busy...
17:58 December 6, 2011 by nolibs
@heyheyhey -

I'm pretty sure that you knew you'd get censored for saying, "Southeast Asians SUCK!!!!!!" and "I would hang them by their dislocated parts inan open air market just tomenjoymthe pain they feel." --- You sound like one of those peaceful PETA members. FYI, animals are not equal to human beings.

Personally I have no problem with them eating a fox in Vietnam...but Germany is not Vietnam. The risk of disease from this type of animal is extremely high, especially wild trapped foxes.
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