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Behind the Scenes at a Market Selling Live Dogs and Cats in Foshan

Posted: 01/14/2015 11:08 pm

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The consumption of dogs and cats is a contentious issue in China with animal lovers and traditionalists confronting each other in heated exchanges. Compounding this problem is the fact that while dog and cat eating may be frowned upon in the mainstream press, it remains perfectly legal and is supported for certain ailments by Chinese traditional medicine.

The grey area of animal rights in China puts the niche market of dog and cat meat into a compromised position: sellers don’t have the mainstream market that sellers of chicken and pork command, but at the same time are not limited by their legal restraints. It’s just such a situation that we can see when visiting an informal dog and cat meat market located at the side of the road on the outskirts of Foshan.

underground dog and cat market foshanAt this remote location known to market insiders and prospective buyers, four to five stalls can be seen showcasing their stock in small cages, sometimes with several animals sharing a single cramped space, and other times keeping them on leashes from which they are hung by the neck. The animals are slaughtered in an area to the side, after which the seller will offer to roast the animal over an open fire.

Hygiene issues are a concern here, with a reporter visiting the location undercover saying that the market smells foul and bloody, calling it “disgusting”.

underground dog and cat market foshanunderground dog and cat market foshanWhen asked, the sellers would not admit where the animals came from, only saying they come from “somewhere else”, raising doubts on how fit the animals are for consumption. All the same, live cats are selling at RMB 46 a kilogram, while dogs are worth RMB 38 a kilogram.

If eating dogs and cats were more publicly accepted in China, sellers may be able to provide better conditions in which to sell their animals. But as they occupy a grey area, some of the conditions are sketchy.

The following pictures may be offensive to some people:

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If it’s still there, the market is located in Chancheng District near the Zhangcha water gate at the junction of Yanjiang South Road near Luo Village.

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Chinese Man Gets 13 Years for Buying Poached Tiger Meat

Posted: 12/31/2014 1:40 pm

An animal poacher and a tiger paw.

The Chinese government finally appears to be cracking down on animal cruelty. The Qinzhou City Intermediate People’s Court has upheld a lower court decision fining a Chinese businessman RMB 1.55 million, and sentencing him to sentencing him to 13 years in prison for purchasing the meat of three tigers, bought from a Zhanjiang, Guangdong poaching ring.

A video documenting the 2012 killing of the wild tiger recently surfaced when an anonymous insider leaked it to a local Guangdong television station. According to video footage, an adult tiger was confined in a small steel cage, where it was electrocuted and inevitably slaughtered while a room full of buyers looked on, the Nanfang Economics TV reported.

A buyer filmed in the video said he paid RMB 26,000 for a paw and some tiger meat. Another buyer watching nearby even offered advice on how to clean the paw. According to an anonymous insider, the whole tiger had been sold to multiple buyers for more than RMB 200,000 within roughly an hour.

The report, however, did not identify where the tiger was trafficked from. A local forestry bureau said that, based on the anti-animal poaching cases found in the province, from 2007 and 2010 most of the tigers were likely transported to Guangdong from Henan and Anhui Provinces.

In Chinese folk lore and traditional medicine, tiger’s body parts are believed to greatly boost the immune system. In particular, the tiger’s penis is believed to cure impotence and enhance male sexual performance. As a result, tiger trafficking is big business in China. A slaughtered tiger can fetch up to RMB 7,000 per kg, while the average price of tiger meat is around RMB 500 per kg.

Photos: Sound of Hope


Beijing Dog Market Raided as Demand for Dog Meat Rises

Posted: 12/3/2014 10:52 am

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The weather in Beijing is getting colder, and that means demand for dog meat for traditional hot pot is on the rise. Despite the growing interest, it’s getting harder for Beijing consumers to find dog meat as local officials crack down on markets that sell the product.

The latest was a raid on a live animal market operating illegally outside the Gaoliming market. Authorities managed to confiscate 20 live dogs that were destined for the dinner table. Apparently the market sells about ten dogs a day, each one fetching about RMB 700 each.

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Eating dogs is not against the law in China. While it is frowned upon by an urban population that favors dog ownership, restaurants that offer dogs as part of their menu can be found all over the country, even in big metropolitan cities like Beijing.

According to the Chinese calendar, an important date to consume special tonics to prepare for winter is drawing near. Dogs occupy a special place in Chinese food and medicine in that their meat is considered to provide warmth to people that eat them.

China’s first astronaut Yang Liwei was given a diet that included dog in order to better keep warm during his mission.

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Photos: Sohu


Photos of Horrific Animal Abuse in Guangdong Hit Major Chinese Media

Posted: 09/22/2014 3:45 pm

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Photographs of a dog being dragged behind an SUV on a street in Shantou, Guangdong were uploaded by the Weibo account “Love in Shantou” on September 20, and have been reported by news outlets as varied as the People’s Daily Online, Caijing and Sina.

Details regarding this story are scarce, but the photos are horrific. They depict the dog, tied to the bumper of the SUV, dragged through busy city streets. While widely available, The Nanfang has decided not to publish them here because of their gruesome nature.

China does not have any animal anti-cruelty laws. If the driver of the vehicle with Guangdong license plate D K0213 is eventually caught and charged with a crime, it won’t be for dragging a poor animal behind a vehicle.


Photos: Sina News User Contributions


Man Smuggling Dozens of Chinchilla Pelts Caught at Shenzhen Customs

Posted: 09/16/2014 9:32 am

chinchilla peltShenzhen Customs announced it seized 56 chinchilla pelts from a Hong Kong man attempting to smuggle them through Luohu checkpoint on August 27, reported China Daily.

The smuggler, a man in his sixties, carried an old satchel and followed the crowd when entering Luohu checkpoint. During an inspection, customs officers discovered a vacuum-sealed bag wrapped with yellow adhesive tape. When they decompressed the bag, they found two bunches of animal fur, totaling 56 pelts.

The pelts were handed over to the anti-smuggling department, which had the pelts analysed. An investigation by the Research Institute of Southern China for Endangered Animals in Guangdong Province revealed the animal fur consisted of 56 whole pieces of chinchilla fur.

Chinchillas have the finest fur of all mammals, making their fur very soft. They have great appeal, like cuddly little “balls of fur”. Their exceedingly soft, dense coat has more fur per square inch than any other known mammal.

Each of their hair follicles is able to grow 40 to 60 individual hairs. One breed of chinchilla can grow 80 hairs per follicle, while cats and dogs can only grow one to three hairs per follicle.

The price of chinchilla fur is equal to that of gold by its weight.

The chinchilla is currently categorized as a critically endangered species and is on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. While most trade in chinchilla pelts are done using domesticated farms, chinchillas are still massively hunted in the wild, threatening it with extinction.

Photo: Caijing


China’s Use Of The IV Drip 10 Times The World Average

Posted: 09/1/2014 9:30 am

tied up dog Chinese hospitals are overdosing on the intravenous drip.

According to a study by the World Health Organization, the use of an IV drip in China to treat minor ailments such as the common cold is ten times the world average. There were a reported five billion IV infusions in China in 2004, more than 30 percent of the world’s total of 16 billion. That figure rose to 10.4 billion doses in 2009, or an average of eight infusions per citizen.

Experts like Li Ling of the China Center for Economic Research calls the heavy usage “absolutely abnormal and even ridiculous”. However, Li may want to reconsider what he considers “ridiculous”. According to a photo from the People’s Daily, even pets are being treated with IV drips:

No further information was provided regarding the location, but we’ll assume it’s somewhere in China. In the photo, an electric power bar looks to have the many pronged interfaces required for Chinese electrical devices, there are signs of Chinese characters, and that style of slipper looks very familiar.

We certainly hope this dog gets the medical treatment it deserves and gets back on its paws again soon.

Photo: People’s Daily Online


[Photos] Fujian Fishermen Catch Endangered 2 Ton Whale Shark

Posted: 08/22/2014 11:41 am

endangered whale shark fujian Fishermen in Fujian made a big catch this week, but they had no idea how big until later: it is a two ton whale shark, which is on the official endangered species list.

CCTV had this to say about the controversial catch:endangered whale shark cctv

Mistakenly caught dead endangered species; on no terms are you to do this on you own. You will be sentenced to prison!
Today, Fujian fishermen caught and landed a two-ton whale shark. At the time the whale shark was caught, it was already dead. Whale sharks are a species protected in the Xiamen Ocean Valuable Animal Sanctuary. Police authorities say, whale sharks are classified as category two national endangered species. When the fishermen caught this animal, they suspected it to be an endangered species and reported it to police. No matter dead or alive, profiting or use of this animal by private individuals is expressly forbidden, otherwise violators may be punished by up to five years in prison. (CCTV reporter Shi Jinbin)

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As the use of an endangered species in China is illegal, we can only assume that the meat of this whale shark is being kept fresh with ice for some other reason other than consumption. After all, no one is interested in a fish that was dead when it was captured, right?

It’s unclear what the law says if people catch an endangered animal that is already dead, but if it was still alive at the time of capture these fishermen would be going to jail.

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Photos: CCTV


Fury In Hong Kong After MTR Train Runs Over Dog As People Tried to Save It

Posted: 08/21/2014 7:22 pm

hong kong dog killed MTR subwayHong Kong residents are outraged at local subway operator MTR, which is being blamed for a number of missteps that culminated in the death of a stray dog after being hit by a train.

The stray dog died when it was hit by the T801 train from Guangzhou at Sheung Shui Station at 10:30am on August 21.

The dog was first spotted around 9:50 in the morning by a commuter, after which train service was halted for six minutes while station personnel tried unsuccessfully to remove the dog from the tracks. The attempts included lowering a chair onto the tracks for the dog to hop onto. Unfortunately, the dog wasn’t rescued in time. After failing to get him off the tracks, train service resumed and the dog was killed a short time later.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the MTR said that it has an official procedure for dealing with this kind of situation:

There are clear guidelines for handling any reported track or unauthorized station entry by animals. In such circumstances, MTR staff will do their best to safely remove the animals while also ensuring the safety of passengers and their own safety at all times.

The incident has sparked a wave of anger among Hong Kong residents, some of whom have interpreted pictures of the stray dog on its hind legs as signalling its intention to climb up out of the tracks.

An online petition has been created, calling for a formal response from the MTR. So far 64,687 people have signed it (English version).

A memorial for the slain dog was held, while another commemoration service and a protest at MTR headquarters is planned.

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Furthermore, animal rights group the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has announced its intention to meet with senior staff at the MTR Corporation. MIchael Wong of the SPCA refuted the MTR’s claims that it has an official procedure for dealing with stray animals.

The story of a stray animal wandering onto subway tracks has recalled a case from last year in which the New York City subway system was halted for two hours due to two kittens that were in danger of being struck by moving trains.

The cats were eventually rescued by a police officer.

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Photos: Facebook, Yahoo


Woman Releases Cobras Into Shenzhen Park, Gets Eviscerated Online

Posted: 08/13/2014 8:00 am

live poisonous snake release shenzhen animal rightsThe release of a number of poisonous snakes by a Shenzhen woman has incurred the wrath of a number of netizens.

The woman in question posted nine pictures to her Weibo account (@郎卡卓玛) back on July 14, reports the Nandu. One of the photographs show her releasing rattlesnakes and cobras into what many netizens suspected to be a public park. The text accompanying the photo reads:

You should praise us beautiful girls and handsome boys for releasing these live snakes. The poisonous ones were all released by her. Such bravery [thumbsup.emo]

Almost a month later, the unidentified woman’s Weibo account has become very busy as a wave of netizens have come to criticize her. Yesterday at around 4pm, her posts had been forwarded some 7000 times as the outrage against her grew. Some Weibo verified users even got involved by saying that the release of poisonous snakes is a public issue.

However, the precise location of where the photographs were taken have not been verified, fueling netizen speculation. Furthermore, requests for an interview with a reporter have gone unanswered, leaving any facts to this story unconfirmed, such as whether the woman is an animal rights activist or simply someone with a grudge.

Following the outcry from netizens, the woman tried to delete her Weibo account. Later, she tried to change her name, and then later still the woman made a statement in which she apologized for her actions:

Today I have made everyone very annoyed because of myself, to which I want to express how sorry I am to all of you! However, I didn’t release poisonous snakes into a public park as everyone claims; instead, we released these animals back into the natural world. All living things are equal. These animals come from nature, and so we have let these animals go back to nature! The deletion of Weibo content was to disallow the pointless attacks that kept being made. We treat Weibo as a diary, and so with that we invite everyone to stop their speculation.

Shenzhen Police and Shenzhen Public Parks are investigating.

Southern China is home to 35 types of snakes that are venomous. These include the Chinese cobra, the king cobra, Fea’s viper, and Russell’s viper.

Annual records of snake bite fatalities in China range from 450 to over 4,000, an amount that is dwarfed by snake bite fatalities in India, Bangladesh and some African countries.

Snake bites most commonly occur in rural farming communities where workers use manual agricultural tools and walk barefoot. Unfortunately, these are also communities where access to healthcare is often limited.

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Photos: Sina News Video


Chinese Donors Raise Hundreds of Thousands of Yuan to Rescue Yulin Dogs

Posted: 07/7/2014 5:26 pm

yangzhou dog rescue yulin dog eating festivalAfter being rescued from certain death as an entree at the Yulin Summer Solstice Dog Eating Festival, some 413 dogs are getting a second chance at a dog sanctuary in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, reports Caijing.

A representative of the dog sanctuary has revealed that hundreds of thousands of yuan were spent to rescue 417 dogs from Yulin.

READ: Yulin Draws Foreigners Who Dine on Dog Meat

The dogs were transported back to Yangzhou in extra-large cages on a giant transport truck by two Shanghai volunteers. Costing about 15,000 yuan, The journey from Yulin to Yangzhou is about 800km by train and cost about RMB 15,000. Unfortunately, four dogs perished during the trip.

The dogs finally arrived at the Gaoyou dog sanctuary at 1am on July 4. After undergoing a quarantine administered by the local authorities, the dogs have finally been set free.

So who paid for all of this? Apparently some wealthy people in China, including a few from Shanghai.

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A representative for the dog sanctuary explains their needs:

For the Yulin dog rescue, a fund of RMB 200,000 was raised. Aside from the funds already spent, there is now the need for RMB100,000 for the dogs’ upkeep. We need donations to raise funds.

The dogs consume five large bags of dog food in one meal, costing RMB 1,000 per day. Staff say they feed the animals twice a day, bringing the cost to RMB 60,000 a month.

READ: Yulin Dog Sellers Openly Taunt Dog Lovers: “Buy the Dog Or it Dies!”

The final goal of the dog sanctuary is to find them each a good home. After full quarantine approval, the dogs will be registered and available for adoption. If not adopted, the dogs will be allowed to live at the sanctuary for the remainder of their lives.

To prevent the dogs from falling back into the hands of unscrupulous dog traders, a rigorous approval process is mandated for every person interested in adopting a dog from the sanctuary. People must provide a valid ID and sign a contract guaranteeing the dog’s safety as well as check-in from time to time with a photo of the dog.

READ: Yulin Dog Eating Festival: “The More You Protest,
The Better Our Business!”

Even though these dogs are safely out of harm’s way, other dogs in the same province will be undergoing a similar fate to those in Yulin, Guangxi.

Reports of a dog-eating festival in Jiangsu Province are being downplayed by the local government, saying that it is an “activity run by a business”. Organizers of the event cite thousands of years of tradition as they prepare for a festival that is “small-scale” and open only to an invited group of about a hundred people.


Photos: Yangcheng Evening Report

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