West Philly Restaurant Falsely Accused of Serving Cats

Photo by Charles Mostoller via the Metro

Photo by Charles Mostoller via the Metro

On December 2nd, the Metro ran a story about the Pennsylvania State Senate considering a bill that would make it illegal to breed cats and dogs to eat. It would be only the seventh state to enact such legislation. Author Tommy Rowan asks George Bogle, the Pennsylvania SPCA’s director of law enforcement if he knew of any such circumstance. He recounted the story of a West Philadelphia restaurant that was butchering cats in its basement. Bogle refuses to give the name or address since the restaurant has since closed and reopened under new ownership.


But that hasn't stopped some on the Internet from accusing Danny's Wok of being the guilty restaurant. The Metro ran a follow-up yesterday exonerating Danny Cheng's eighteen year-old Baltimore Avenue restaurant but that has hardly slowed the anger being expressed towards Cheng on his restaurant's Facebook page. The Metro also reports that he's now getting 100 calls a day harassing him.

It all started when a Facebook user named Buffy Mason posted the Metro's original story on Danny's Wok's Facebook page and accused the restaurant of being the guilty party. Never mind that Cheng's restaurant doesn't have a basement or has been in business 18 years, not the 11 that Bogle references.

Cheng says business has dried up in the wake of the accusation. So if you're in the area, do Cheng a solid and try stop in to try his well regarded chicken wings.

Philadelphia Asian restaurant falsely accused of selling cat and dog meat [Metro Philadelphia]
Danny's Wok [Facebook]

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  • tjt

    you should mention it’s a false accusation in your headline for people who don’t read the whole post.

  • bismark

    This headline is really irresponsible, especially in these times of low attention spans and viral echo chambers.

  • Alimentarian

    On the other hand, how does Foobooz know that the accusation is false (not that I’m suggesting otherwise)? And has anyone looked into that Subway next door?

  • Keystone Concierge

    I think it is really unfair to this restaurant to publish an article on hearsay. @concierge19146

    • http://philadelphia.foobooz.com/ Art from Foobooz

      Just trying to set the record straight and suggest that the fried chicken might be worth trying.

  • Former Philly

    This is typical Philly on so many levels. Some irresponsible reader of the Metro read that a restaurant was serving cats and immediately assumed – based on racial stereotyping – that the restaurant was a Chinese restaurant (note that the original article never stated that it was a Chinese restaurant) and then selected a random Chinese restaurant and posted on its Facebook page that this was the place and that she would never eat there or “at any other Chinese restaurant”. Quite clearly, this was a targeted attack if not a hate crime. Just another incidence of the prevailing anti-Asian sentiment found in many parts of Philadelphia. Yet another reason I left that awful hate-filled city.

  • Michelle Helms

    His name is George BENGAL- did you research this information??

  • mtieff

    How much does cheap chicken cost per pound for a restaurant? I find it very hard to believe that it would be cheaper to catch and butcher a cat than it would be to just use low grade chicken.

    • Luis

      You just set out some ol food theyll come. It might not be done at the establishment per say. They can skin them in a minute.

  • Rashad Johnson

    Danny’s Wok should sue for defamation, The Metro will be sweating worse than a dog in a Chinese restaurant….Too Soon?

  • Mao Tse Wonton

    Metro reader is an oxymoron.