''Goat City'' viewed in poor taste

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 December, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 17 December, 1993, 12:00am

IT is discouraging to find a food critic for the South China Morning Post exhorting her readers to sample the culinary curiosities of Guangzhou, such as bear, dog and monkey in her review headlined, ''You'll never dine alone in Goat City'' (Post, December 14).

For all of us who are aware of the sad spectacle of wild animals caged for slaughter in Guangzhou - waiting for the cooking pot - the slim hope is that as people gain a certain respect for nature, a more enlightened, less cruel approach will take hold. But there can be no excuse for Ms Smith to sanction the Chinese custom of killing tigers for soup.

Her insouciance to the extinction of one of the most beautiful cats in the world, whose numbers in the wild may now be less than 1,000, borders on the criminal.