Take a virtual tourist trip to China's marketplace to see the local meat selections

In the US we have a rather sanitized view of meat. We grew up with baloney, hot dogs, salami, and those jerky sticks that sit on almost every grocery store counter in America. Meat is tidy here, shrink wrapped and sold under pink lights to bring out that special glow.

In other countries however, meat markets are an experience that American consumers, accustomed to shopping in sparkling super stores with pretty packages all in a row, would never be prepared for the shock and awe of a meat market in a foreign country.  Anyone who has traveled to Mexico, South America, Africa, Europe or the Mediterranean knows what I am talking about.

For those who have yet to experience that culinary horror show or culinary delight, depending on your personal taste, I invite you to take a trip with me to the Far East where they have a much more relaxed attitude when it comes to choosing which species to dehydrate and turn into what we call jerky or jerky treats for dogs…so put your feet up, sit back and enjoy (and don’t forget to bring a barf bucket, just in case)!

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Mollie Morrissette

Mollie Morrissette, author of Poisoned Pets, is an animal food safety expert and advisor to AAFCO. Help support her work by making a donation today.

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  1. I have no idea what some of those carcasses used to be, but the words ‘thoroughly disgusting’ don’t even do any of those photos justice.
    I just hope none of those poor creatures used to be feline.
    And I hope the way they murdered them isn’t also disgusting.


    • Oh Quint, I hate to be the bearer of nightmarish news, but the photo toward the end is of a cat meat vendor. Note the cages of live cats on his table. Horrors. Sadly, this photo essay is only the tip of the iceberg from Hell. It is how and where they are “processed” where the conditions are beyond scary. Actually, when you think about it – (I do, all the time) the cats and dog meat, while shocking, is no different in many respects to the manner in which chickens, pigs and cows are raised and slaughtered.


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