Pet market

Recently, we had visitors from Germany here. Apart from the usual tourist spots, such as Jing An Temple, Yu garden, Pearl Tower and the bund, we showed our guests a typical Chinese pet market. Actually, these kind of markets are pretty disgusting. It stinks there, it is crowded and also very cruel. But it is a part of China and somehow it also belongs to it. In my opinion, you don't necessarily have to see it, but our guests wanted to go. We went there on a Saturday, so it was very busy. Mostly Chinese people there and also a few tourists. The address is 405 Xizang Nan Lu, near Fangbang Zhong Lu (near Laoximen metro station).

When I was there for the first time, I was shocked by the conditions how the animals are kept and treated! Small cages, no space to move, sitting in their own excrement and having not enough food. Now I'm used to things like that. Since I've been living here, I've just seen it too often….not only at this kind of markets - but almost everywhere. Once I saw a Chinese guy at the metro station, selling small goldfishes and tiny turtles in plastic containers with liquid in it, which were actually keychains!! Seriously?! Living animals as keychains?! How sick is this?

"living animals sold as keychain" photo from inhabitant.com

China is known to have no animal rights and many people have no idea how to treat animals properly. It's really sad, but here fishes are sold in plastic bags, crickets in small containers, kittens and puppies (separated way too early from their mothers) are kept in tiny cages till they get sick and die. In China, all of this is pretty normal - but for us…it seems sick.

Different country - different culture right? But is culture and tradition really an excuse for such cruelty and behavior?

look at this sad face :( 

You also can get flowers and plants on this market