I know China is trying to put the best face it can on oppressive communism, for the world and the upcoming Olympics. By silencing political dissidents, threatening sweat-shop laborers with certain death if they squeal about inhumane working conditions, and imprisoning any and all critics of the government, they've pretty much cleaned up the appearance of communism. But, this has got to be the smartest of all their efforts....
China has ordered dog meat to be taken off the menu at its 112 official Olympic restaurants in order to avoid offending foreign visitors.
Restaurant workers are advised to "patiently" suggest other options to diners who order dog.
Yeah, not offering dog meat to thousands of visitors to China who treasure and value dogs as friends, pets, and family members is probably a good idea. I'm sure foreigners will gladly look right past the religious persecution, slave labor, and numerous human-rights atrocities as long as there's no dog on the menu.