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Eatery told 'urine' breach of the law
By Li Fangchao (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-09-08 05:41

HARBIN: Want to become strong and potent like a tiger? Then why not try our special tiger meat dish? This was the question posed to customers at a restaurant in Hailin, Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province.

The Hufulou Eatery is located adjacent to the Hengdaohezi Siberian Tiger Park in Hailin, Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. [baidu]

The establishment was later fined and ordered to close for inspection, after a local newspaper revealed its recommendation of the outlawed dish.

The restaurant, which is called "Hufulou", is situated about a kilometre away from the Hengdaohezi Siberian Tiger Park, China's largest Siberian tiger breeding centre.

The restaurant was offering a dish of stir-fried tiger meat with hot peppers for 800 yuan (US$98), according to reports.

If you wanted to buy some raw meat to eat at home, it would set you back a staggering 7,000 yuan (US$ 863) a kilo.

To wash down your expensive repast, maybe a bottle of wine, pickled with tiger bone, at a price of 600 yuan (US$74) would please your palate, if not your wallet.

The Siberian tiger is on China's list of animals given grade 1 protection.

The World Wildlife Fund lists the wild Siberian tiger as one of the 10 most endangered animals in the world.

Reportedly it is only found in Northeast China and Siberian regions of Russia with a total number of less than 300.

The hunting and sale of animals under protection is prohibited in China with poachers receiving severe punishment when caught.
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