Unkindest cuts of dogmeat
THEY say it's a dog's life, and for 1,500 Thai canines who have had a vital piece of their anatomy chopped off and posted to Hong Kong, it is certain they are now questioning their role as man's best friend.
In what must be the most bizarre seizure of illegal goods in recent years, Customs officers stationed at the General Post Office on Tuesday discovered a shipment of what the Government politely described as 'dried dog penis'.
The 1,500 penises, weighing a total of 170 kilograms, were packed in 10 cartons labelled as Chinese medicine.
They had been airmailed from Thailand.
The Government went on to explain that dried dog penis was used as a tonic food which was believed to enhance male sexual performance.
No one in authority was prepared to admit knowing how the product should be prepared for human consumption.
The case has been referred to the Agriculture and Fisheries Department for follow-up investigation since the seizures are controlled items under the Rabies Ordinance.
The unusual consignment arrived in an air consignment opened during a routine check.
A Customs spokesman said the 170 kg haul had a street value of $10,200, valuing each penis at $6.80.