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    China mystery animal box craze causes outrage

    One of the more depressing news articles I've read lately...


    China mystery animal box craze causes outrage




    A craze in which pets are sold in mystery parcels has caused outrage in China after a number of animals were found dead in a vehicle on Monday.

    The "blind box" craze sees people order a box containing an animal that is then sent to them through the post.

    On Monday, 160 distressed cats and dogs were located inside a courier company's truck in Chengdu.

    It has prompted calls for action on the phenomenon as well as on the purchase of animals online in general.

    According to Chinese law the transportation of live animals is prohibited, but "blind boxes" are incredibly popular, state media reports.

    A range of the boxes containing animals such as tortoises, lizards and rats have been reported for sale on sites such as Taobao.

    On Monday animal rescue group Chengdu Aizhijia Animal Rescue Centre said it had intercepted a vehicle carrying 160 dogs and cats, all under three months old. It said a number of them had died.

    The group posted video footage of the boxes piled up to the ceiling of the truck on social media site Weibo.

    "The cargo box is full of screams from cats and puppies," the group wrote.



    Volunteers stayed with the animals throughout the night, feeding them and giving them water, while they underwent health inspections.

    The rescue centre announced on Thursday that it had managed to bring the animals back to their base for resettlement and a further 38 were receiving medical treatment.

    The courier company involved, ZTO, said the person in charge of delivery safety in Sichuan province has been suspended and his annual performance bonus had been deducted. It confirmed that it had broken China's postal regulations and apologised to members of the public, People's Daily Online reported.

    ZTO also said it had launched additional training regarding postal safety and national animal protection.



    The incident has caused outrage on social media with people calling for a boycott of such boxes and buying animals online. The phrase "pet blind box" has had millions of views on Weibo.

    "Have we made any achievements in the rescue and management of stray animals? Now there is a pet blind box industry?" one user wrote.
    Another wrote: "Let's talk about boycotting pet blind boxes again. What they need is a home, not an uncertain possibility".

    State media Xinhua described pet “blind boxes” as a “desecration of life” and said courier companies and e-commerce platforms must "strengthen self-examination and self-correction".

    It also called on buyers and sellers to have "more goodwill and more respect for life".


    China mystery animal box craze causes outrage - BBC News

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    Not much respect for life in certain parts of the world.

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    Chinky version of Foodpanda?

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    Who says Mainland Chinese have different values . . . now patiently waiting for OhOh/Skidmark/Klongdick and theit obfuscation/whataboutism.



    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Chinky version of Foodpanda?
    Perhaps Panda is their Foodpanda

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Who says Mainland Chinese have different values
    Violent judo class in Taiwan leaves seven year old in a coma


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    ^ That would be an individual versus a country . . . but I wonder if they'd have tried that with a panda

    (But yes, I had read that earlier - ridiculous. My youngest hurt her knee at the national Judo championships here last year - stopped competing since then - sports injuries are bad enough but when others/sifus inflict them - jailtime)

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    That would be an individual versus a country . .
    OK

    Does Mendip know that they eat dogs in Korea and that the vietnamese skin the dogs, that people from Isaan sold to them,alive.

    But yes. "Mainland" chinese aren't nice to animals or .....humans.

    Are diaspora chinese treating animals better ?

    I don't know

    In Denmark 25-30 mills pigs are slaughtered every year.


    Not a nice thought either


    But you know...values

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post

    In Denmark 25-30 mills pigs are slaughtered every year.


    Not a nice thought either


    But you know...values
    Yeah, but bacon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    OK

    Does Mendip know that they eat dogs in Korea and that the vietnamese skin the dogs, that people from Isaan sold to them,alive.

    But yes. "Mainland" chinese aren't nice to animals or .....humans.

    Are diaspora chinese treating animals better ?

    I don't know

    In Denmark 25-30 mills pigs are slaughtered every year.


    Not a nice thought either


    But you know...values

    A lot of Whataboutism posted there, Helge. Do you actually have a point, or just trying to be edgy?*













    *Spoiler you do edgy about as well as Socal/Backspit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Do you actually have a point
    Key word is individual

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    In Denmark 25-30 mills pigs are slaughtered every year.
    What else could you do with them?
    Just stop the weight cheating you do by filling the flesh with nitrite

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    What else could you do with them?
    It was just a bit of "self criticism", Lom
    (not recommended for Swedes, a question of bandwith)
    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Just stop the weight cheating you do by filling the flesh with nitrite
    Not guilty

    Pisses me off that they pump up food with saltwater.

    Greedy capitalistic arseholes

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    Pisses me off that they pump up food with saltwater.

    Greedy capitalistic arseholes
    Should be an EU law against it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Should be an EU law against it..
    All it takes is decency or that the consumers wake the fuck up
    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Greedy capitalistic arseholes
    All this takes, is a few feet of rope, Kompis

    (and yes, I got the cruelty of your comment)

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