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January 30, 2021 - South China Morning Post

Animal rights in China: ‘pets by post’ scheme sparks outrage among advocacy groups

Animal rights in China: ‘pets by post’ scheme sparks outrage among advocacy groups
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A new trend in China for selling pets in “lucky bags” online has caused concern among animal rights advocates who fear for the well-being of the creatures.

The idea is that consumers chose the type of pet they want, but not the specific breed, colour or size, so they do not know quite what they have bought until it arrives. The marketing gimmick has its origins in the Japanese New Year custom known as fukubukuro in which merchants fill bags with random contents and sell them at a discount.

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