Online vendors are offering Chinese consumers “lucky bags,” containing pets. Animal rights activists are not pleased with the practice, according to SCMP. Activists are concerned for the well-being of the animals sold in this online scheme.
Local news reports showed turtles, dogs, cats, rabbits, and hamsters for sale online. The consumer just chooses the type of pet they want and then get them shipped to their house in a box.
Isobel Zhang, co-founder of the Chinese branch of ACTAsia, told SCMP that the practice was appalling. “Would you put a three-year old child in a gift box?” she told the outlet. “It is not just the vendors who lack a conscience, but consumers too.”
The online vendors are charging low prices for certain animals, which is also concerning to the activists. The “casual” way pets are purchased online does not ensure a good home for the animal, said a member of Szcat Animal Protection Volunteer Association. It’s also not good to ship animals in boxes.
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