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Posted by Darrell Senneke on June 21, 2002 at 12:00:02:
The World Chelonian Trust is pleased to announce the publishing of an "Overview of the Animal Markets of China" on our web site.
It is our hope that this web document will further the tremendous strides that others, through their onsite accounts, have made in bringing the existence and conditions of the markets to the eyes of the world. In this overview we present photos, comments and pricing information from a survey initiated in the Spring of 2002. This ongoing survey focuses on the major markets of China: the Beijing- Bird Market, Chengdu- Food and petmarkets, Guangzhou- Qing Ping turtle markets, Guangzhou- Chao Tou wildlife markets, Hong Kong- Tong Choi street pet markets and the Shen zhen market.
While the focus of this web presentation is turtles and tortoises, we have included other types of reptiles and other classes as well; amphibians, birds and mammals. We are doing this to dispel the misconception that these markets are primarily "about turtles". We also hope to dispel a few other misconceptions about the animal markets along the way. This is not an extremely text heavy document, while there is some commentary throughout, we prefer to let the pictures speak for themselves with minimal interpretation.
No special effort has been made to shock or appall in this piece but by their very nature these photos can be very disturbing. We strongly suggest that small children not view this prior to the preview by a parent or guardian.
The web address of the WCT is http://www.chelonia.org , there is a direct link to the Overview of the China Animal Markets on this page. It is our hope that this will be a useful tool in shaping opinion, correcting the aforementioned misconceptions and presenting the markets as they currently exist. Please set aside some time for viewing this as it is composed of over 80 html pages and 150 photographs.