Thousands of snakes are being eaten daily in Hong Kong in an effort by the Chinese to beat the winter cold.
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Background: Thousands of snakes are being eaten daily in Hong Kong in an effort by the Chinese to beat the winter cold. They believe snakes meat keeps them warm and over the next two or three months are expected to spend almost half a million American dollars on a variety of mouth-watering snakes.
Copperheads, cobras and pythons are among the snakes that grace the menus in Hong Kong's more than 20 snake restaurants. On any winter day, more than 2,00 are skinned, boned and eaten. Most of the snakes are brought from China.
Restaurants keep a wide stock, especially the tasty poisonous variety - they are apparently good for the health.
As well as keeping out the cold, snake bile sac and meat are also believed to be good for certain types of illnesses, including rheumatism.
Another popular delicacy for keeping out the cold is dog meat. Although it is illegal to eat dog meat in Hong Kong, stray dongs are rounded up and eaten at secret banquets.