A number of wild animals, many of which are endangered, were seen being sold in cages and sometimes butchered for food at Jiangcheng county in the Pu’er city of Yunnan province.
With the No.3 boundary monument of China and Vietnam, the street in Jiangcheng country was originally planned as a trading lane for the Chinese and the Vietnamese. However, the street was now filled with wild animals, slaughtered or caged.
Visitors can find numerous endangered animals on the menu of local restaurants, including Macaca mulatta, silver pheasant and bamboo rats. And the restaurants on the street are often full of eaters from near and far, even from out of the province.
Local people said you could find “everything you want” on the street of No.3 Border Monument, which are always “genuine goods at a fair price”.
The animals came from Vietnam, where peddlers are unable to sell them for a good price as local people don’t eat the meat.
Other animals for sale included rhesus monkeys, wild deer, civets, porcupines, jackals, bears, and slow loris, all of which are named on China’s list of protected animals.
“You can just eat here. Don’t be afraid. Nobody would mind. These animals were from Vietnam, not China, because they had long disappeared in China,” a county resident told reporters with thepaper.cn.
Animals sold at the market were priced relatively cheap, with a monkey head costing 300 yuan, monkey meat going for 90 yuan per kg and the most expensive bear’s paw costing 1,000 yuan per keg.