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18.8.13

Hong Kong, Goldfish Market.

Tung Choi Street North – better known as the Goldfish Market – is lined on either side with shops devoted to the raising of many types of fish, from weirdly shaped goldfish to colourful tropical species with gaspingly high price tags (MTR Prince Edward Station, Exit B2: Walk east along Prince Edward Road West).


This place hurts me. It's the endangered species hunt an sold, the tortoises crawling to get outside the teeny tiny sandbox and the fishes caged in plastic bags, just beside piles of shark fins. I understand that Chinese are interested in rare species, but their ignorance about the impact of uncontrolled hunting is shocking. Where do they expect to take the Burmese Tortoise? Why is the Government allowing this? It really put my stomach outside down, colorful and depressing view of where overuse of resources is taking this millenary culture with very very different core cultural values.
Anyway, I guess we took pretty pictures of this not so charming fact. So enjoy, if you can.
Chicken is sold so fresh that you can even buy it alive and slaughter at home, however the Goverment recommends to get a pro to kill it for you, in situ.
Goldfish. Also a sign of luck in Japan.
This type of hunting results in extinction, like with the poor Burmese Star Tortoise that is, almost history, after too many celebration soups. I cannot understand the pleasure, fortune or admiration that keep such animals in captivity may bring, cause I could only feel pity while they tried to scape, with little success. It's obvious that they are built to run, how on the hell can you keep them in that damn sandbox? But what did I expect, they eat sharkfin and moose horns after all.
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