The operations of a restaurant serving Chinese dishes and located in the Plaines-Wilhems arouse the controversy on Facebook.
If customers do not question the quality of the service, which is irreproachable, they say, some claim that it serves dog meat instead of chicken or beef. Many customers feel that the serving size is lame for menus of beef or chicken.
Several denunciations were made on Facebook. The restaurant owner was allegedly beaten by customers. The local health office was seized, but said that he had received no formal complaints. We tried to get our hands on the restaurant manager but he left on a trip until mid-February.
For the moment, it is difficult to say that customers would have consumed dog meat in this restaurant. The consumption of canine meat is not part of Mauritian customs.
In the act
However, this type of meat was sold illegally in the 1970s. A merchant in the capital had even been caught red-handed at the time. A decade ago, during a search, health officials discovered dog bones in the kitchen of a restaurant in Rose-Hill and the manager was arrested.
The Protection of Animal Welfare Society and the Mauritius Society for Animal Welfare (MSAW) suspect a dozen foreign workers of stealing and killing dogs for their consumption. Residents of Pailles had also denounced the cruelty of foreign workers towards dogs. The Pailles police had opened an investigation and the MSAW had recovered live dogs from the site where these workers were working.
In the big Chinese cities, restaurants serve specialized dishes based on dog meat. It is estimated that China consumes more than 100 000 tonnes annually of this meat. There are even livestock herds receiving subsidies from the state.