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Mystery animal 'blind box' craze causes outrage in China

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A craze in which pets are sold in mystery parcels has caused outrage in China after a number of animals were found dead in a vehicle on Monday.

The "blind box" craze sees people order a box containing an animal that is then sent to them through the post.

On Monday, 160 distressed cats and dogs were located inside a courier company's truck in Chengdu.

It has prompted calls for action on the phenomenon as well as on the purchase of animals online in general.

According to Chinese law the transportation of live animals is prohibited, but "blind boxes" are incredibly popular, state media reports.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-57013197

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Jon the frog

WTF ?

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The mystery pet boxes are listed on e-commerce platforms in China as a bargain, priced at little more than a few dollars, and they often contain cuddly animals ready to be mailed straight to your doorstep.

The recipients of the pet “blind boxes” typically don’t know exactly what’s inside — other than that it’s a puppy, a kitten, a hamster or an unhatched turtle egg. Though the unauthorized transport of live animals across the country is illegal, that has not stopped vendors from openly holding cheap sales and promising fast deliveries. The practice has become increasingly popular.

But many of the animals have ended up dead or suffering from infections or organ damage during the winding journey through China’s postal system after they have been dispatched by breeders.

Full report at the NY Times: Link

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