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China Bans Pigs From “Year Of Pig” For Muslims

From The Australian:

Year of the Pig sparks some porkies

By Rowan Callick

February 01, 2007 09:36am

On February 18, the Chinese world will usher in the new year of an animal, but its identity will be suppressed. A billion people will view China’s – and the world’s – most-watched annual television show, the Chinese New Year’s Eve variety spectacular, but the viewers will be no wiser as to which animal is involved.

The Chinese Government has decreed that the Year of the Pig will be celebrated with the least possible offence to the country’s 21 million Muslims, for whom the porker is a dirty, offensive animal whose flesh must not be eaten…

The Shanghai Islamic Association told The Australian: "In the last festival TV show to celebrate this year (12 years ago), the program was full of images of pigs, some of them quite grotesque, and many Muslims were unhappy and complained.

"So we’re pleased the Government has made this move."

The director of the Minorities Association in Shanghai, Huo Engjie, who is a Muslim, said: "Although we comprise fewer than 2 per cent of China’s population, this ban shows how much the Government respects us. It’s very moving."

Advertising agencies have received a letter from CCTV telling them: "Since China is a multicultural country, and to respect the religious beliefs of Muslims, images of pigs should be avoided during 2007."

The letter adds, in case the renminbi hasn’t dropped: "We have received an instruction to this effect from the top level of the Government."

Acquiring air time during the variety show is difficult and immensely costly, and most of the corporations with slots have completed their advertisements…

China gets most of its oil from Muslim countries in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa, where Sudan is its biggest supplier. It is also working hard to build its influence as a country that empathises with, rather than hectors, smaller nations.

China will be pleased to see its anti-porcine edict reported globally, showing its multicultural credentials and sensitivities

You will bow down. Even the Chinese.

Well, maybe not all of them:

A Chinese worker puts up a Lunar New Year decoration welcoming in the year of the Pig, in Beijing. China’s national state-run television network has banned all images of pigs from advertisements to avoid offending Muslim minorities, according to a company official.

A street vendor sells souvenir pigs in Dalian, northeast China Liaoning province January 20, 2007. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, 2007 is the year of the pig.

Boys paint on fiberglass pigs during ‘Piggies my love’, a charity public art exhibition to celebrate the Year of the Pig, the coming Chinese New Year, in Hong Kong January 28, 2007.

Fibreglass pigs are displayed during ‘Piggies my love’, a charity public art exhibition to celebrate the Year of the Pig, the coming Chinese New Year, in Hong Kong January 28, 2007.

A man walks past painted fibreglass pigs during ‘Piggies my love’, a charity public art exhibition to celebrate the Year of the Pig, the coming Chinese New Year, in Hong Kong January 28, 2007.

Let’s hope no one is offended.

Now if China could only be cowed into ending slavery.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, February 4th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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