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The Changing Fortunes of Wild and Captive Animals in China [Slide Show]

A tale of the continuing collision between the needs of traditional Chinese medicine and Western sensibilities

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Songbirds are for sale in the adjacent park—as well as the market itself—fluttering from perch to perch in cages of wood or wire.....[ More ]

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A horned beetle chews on sweet gum as it waits for a future owner.....[ More ]

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The silkworm is a traditional Chinese pet. Fed a diet of mulberry leaves, it spins valuable silk.....[ More ]

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Ducklings in boxes provide a plethora of choice for the shoppers looking for companionship—and fresh meat.....[ More ]

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Plenty of yellow frogs are available as pets—or as food for bigger animals.....[ More ]

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Turtles are lucky, too, and these are particularly fortunate not be on the menu as turtle meat is considered a delicacy, as well.....[ More ]

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Crickets are considered a lucky pet by the Chinese, and their chirping fills the air throughout the day at this animal market in Beijing.....[ More ]

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