After watching the beasts in their cages, diners at the zoo's restaurant can gnaw on the webbed toes of a hippopotamus, chew a kangaroo tail, nibble a deer's penis or slurp down a bowl of ant soup.Weird, indeed. But it's not just those wacky foreigners. Fish is standard fare in US aquarium restaurants. It's not quite so flagrant. Attention is not drawn to the match between exhibits and restaurant fare. But it's considered normal to first enjoy looking, then enjoy eating.
It's not entirely unnotable that US zoos have lots of mammals on the menu, if not the very same ones on display. We're just not supposed to see a conflict between marveling at okapis and zebras and then eating another ungulate, the cow. At our local sausage factory, you can enjoy the antics of piglets at the petting zoo on the premises, and then sample the sausages.
So you see, it's not just the Chinese.