Posts Tagged ‘China’

Snake Burgers

A restaurant in Indonesia’s capital city Djakarta is serving snake burgers made from local snakes.

The kitchen area resembles a factory floor, with snakes everywhere – in various states of preparation. The snakes are first beheaded, then peeled to remove their scaly skin. Next, the carcasses move to the cleaning and fileting area, and finally the meat is minced, ground, and blended with seasonings.

The snake patties are then fried, topped with the usual condiments and sandwiched between sesame seed buns. According to China Radio International Online (CRI), the burgers “taste like chicken”.

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Live Fish and Reptiles Sold as Keychains in China

According to a news report on Chinese media, the hottest new fad in China involves selling a live fish, or a Brazilian turtle or a young giant salamander sealed up in airtight plastic bags as key rings. Each packet is about 7 centimeters in length and filled with colored water along with the imprisoned animal. The street vendors claim the water is nutrient rich, but they are not. Without oxygen and food the animals get to live for only a few days, if they are lucky. The most depressing part is that the whole thing is legal.

Animal cruelty laws are almost non-existent in China. It was only just recently that the country banned animal in circuses where they are made to perform unimaginable tricks. Animal meat are also exotic entrees at zoo restaurants.

The country has a Wild Animal Protection Law which applies only to wild animals. Fishes and  reptiles do not fall under this category and hence the law cannot protect them. Animal rights activists are voicing protests against the sale of these keyrings but without a law to back them there is little that can be done.

Two gold fish sealed in plastic pouches and sold as keychains are displayed at a roadside stall in Beijing, China on April 12. Each keychain is sold for 10 yuan (USD $1.50).

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Source: Time, Photos: Associated Press

Panjin Red Beach, China

The Red Beach is located in the Liaohe River Delta, about 30 kilometer southwest of Panjin City in China. The beach gets its name from its appearance, which is caused by a type of sea weed that flourishes in the saline-alkali soil. The weed that start growing during April or May remains green during the summer. In autumn, this weed turns flaming red, and the beach looks as if it was covered by an infinite red carpet that creates a rare red sea landscape. Most of the Red Beach is a nature reserve and closed to the public. Only a small, remote, section is open for tourists.

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