WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. These shocking pictures have captured Chinese vendors who guarantee that their customers get the freshest donkey meat possible. They deliver on their promise by bludgeoning the animals to death with a sledgehammer, right in front of them.
Lines of donkeys are pictured lined up by the curbside, patiently awaiting their turn under the hammer, so that their meat could be butchered right away and on the spot and sold directly to drivers traveling home for the Chinese New Year.
The photographs, taken in China’s northern Hebei province, have captured the donkeys tied up along strips of meat and parts of carcasses placed on bloodstained tables or hanging from hooks. A cut weighing about 3 lbs sells for the equivalent of $15.
1. These shocking images show Chinese vendors who guarantee their customers fresh donkey meat by butchering the animals to order.
Before being killed, the donkey is forced to the ground and as one man pulls the animal’s head forwards, a second one bashes it with his sledgehammer.
Once the animal is rendered unconscious by the blow, its throat is cut, as its blood is collected in a plastic barrel.
A week ago, images emerged revealing a flourishing trade in curbside dog meat sales, with the canines kept alive and butchered on order from customers who want to ensure that they get a fresh cut.
Sales of “fresh meat” have been booming ever since Chinese workers began heading back to their home towns for the Chinese New Year. Many of them are taking home a chunk of fresh meat for friends and family.
2. Lines of donkeys were seen tethered to the roadside awaiting execution in China’s Hebei province in order to be sold to customers traveling home for the Chinese New Year.
Chinese animal rights activist Guo Li, said:
The law stipulates that animals need to be killed in a hygienic and contamination free location to make sure the meat is safe for eating.
Even on those grounds alone these roadside offenders should be arrested and locked up.
But as you can see they are carrying out this sickening trade in broad daylight with nobody doing anything.
They argue that in many cases people are sold meat which is not fresh and slaughtering animals live guarantees that it is.
In addition, they argue that people know they’re getting donkey meat because they can see it being cut off the bone in front of them.
3. The donkeys were forced to the ground and as one person pulls the donkey’s head forwards, the second beats it with the sledgehammer.
The images have reportedly been taken in the city of Baoding and Mr. Guo says that similar scenes with dogs, donkeys and other animals can be observed all over the country, especially at this time of year. He said:
There is no evidence that these animals don’t have disease and in the case of the dogs they are often simply snatched off the streets and butchered to order.
Donkey meat is considered a delicacy in China and is priced much higher than types cuts of meat.
By guaranteeing fresh donkey meat by killing the animals in front of customers, vendors make sure that they get the highest price possible.
4. Vendors are aiming to ensure they get the best price possible by selling the meat fresh after killing the animals in front of customers.
Source: The Daily Mail.
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