China's 'blind Box' Pets Craze Sparks Outrage
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Fri 07th May 2021 | 08:20 AM
Beijing, May 7 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 7th May, 2021 ) :A craze in China for live pets sold in mystery "blind boxes" has sparked an online backlash after a courier truck full of dying puppies and kittens was discovered earlier this week.
Volunteers in the southwestern city of Chengdu found 160 baby animals packed in crates -- some of which were already dead -- on Monday night, according to social media posts by Chengdu Aizhijia Animal Rescue Centre.
The user added that she had seen online listings for "very cute purebreed cats and dogs" being sold for as cheap as 9.9 RMB ($1.50).
The animal rescue centre said the animals were receiving medical treatment.
It wrote in a social media post that the cargo was "full of the screams of puppies and kittens." If the door is closed then there is no air circulation at all, so they can only be suffocated!" the centre wrote.
Delivering live animals by postal courier is illegal in China.
The Weibo hashtag "pet blind boxes" had received over 420 million views by Friday morning, with many users calling for a boycott of the products.
"Pet owners need to be responsible, and people who want to have pets must consider it carefully," wrote another user.
"This is not a 'cute' novelty, nor is it a toy that you can throw away once you're bored. Pet blind boxes make me feel that this society is even more terrifying and crazy."A search for "pet blind boxes" on the Alibaba-owned e-commerce site Taobao Friday returned listings of live pure-bred pets for sale, but no blind boxes listings offering live animals.