Exotic Chinese dishes of rare species of animals
“Turtle meat cures cancer” – this traditional widespread confidence in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province. Here in the markets full of exotic and endangered animals. Buy this item restaurants and pharmaceutical companies. The customer buys the head of a crocodile. The head is usually used in soups. In traditional Chinese medicine it is believed that crocodile meat treats disease of the lungs and improves memory Before the recent non-governmental organizations for the protection of the environment, such as student of the South China Nature Society, is an extremely difficult task.
They have to compete with centuries of folk wisdom regarding exotic cuisine and change in consumer appetites in the South of China. Workers legal crocodile farm are going to cut a live crocodile, illicitly purchased in Vietnam Guangzhou is the largest and richest city of the region with very specific ideas about cooking. Local flavors seem extreme even for Chinese from other areas of the country, but the citizens love their exotic food and to abandon them is not going to. A wide selection of shark fin in the market to Heise. One fin of the great white shark can cost a thousand dollars the Reason for this specificity are 2000-year old tradition of Chinese folk medicine that takes into account the healing properties of thousands of rare and exotic animals such as the Sumatran tiger. There is even such regularity that the rarer an animal is found in nature, the higher valued meat. In refrigerators of restaurant Huangsha – dozens of crocodile tails for cooking exotic dishes, the Influence of these traditions is that the market for the illicit activities of wild flora and fauna is about $ 20 billion. The yield this is the third article of trafficking in the world, it is inferior only to illegal arms deals and drugs.
The crocodile farm illegally purchased in Vietnam the crocodile is prepared for sending at a restaurant the Intensity of turnover in this market of exotic dishes only increases the biological diversity of nature in South-East Asia, its well-developed transport infrastructure and weak environmental activities of the state. It is a Paradise for smugglers of wildlife. Cutting illegally purchased in Vietnam crocodile for the preparation of exotic dishes In recent years, Vietnamese authorities discovered a record cargo of contraband wild animals. For example, there are batch of two tonnes of tiger bones, bear paws and gallbladders. The destination of these goods is China, where a ton of tiger bones can bring 70 000 dollars of profit. Dried snake on the market Kingping.
In traditional Chinese medicine, snake meat is considered to be useful for vision and the lower spine, it Is believed that the economic growth in Guangzhou and, as a consequence, the increase in the educational level of the population will reduce the consumption of endangered animals, but in reality the situation is exactly the opposite way. Rising incomes allow a growing number of people involved in the consumption of exotic dishes which used to be considered exclusive delicacies for the rich. Moreover, eating endangered species has become a symbol of the new wealth of Guangzhou. A buyer in the market quingping examines the Western painted turtle, which belongs to the species under threat of extinction. That is, in fact, quite a curious statistic: to breed endangered turtles for commercial purposes is illegal, however, farmers in China are bred 600 million turtles per year. With this actual number form can not be endangered by a Recent survey in Guangzhou showed that more than half of the population eat wild products. Favorite exotic dish here – snakes. A popular local proverb says: “eat In Guangzhou all tetrapods, except for the chairs, all the flying except airplanes and anything floating except boats.” Seller weighs for the buyer the tiger claw. Worldwide, the number of tigers due to hunting and poaching was reduced in comparison with their natural number. Throughout the world there are only about 3200 tigers For wildlife, the best time was in 2003-m to year, during the outbreak of SARS. People stopped eating exotic food for fear of becoming infected. The demand for sepetov, carnivorous mammals of the civet family, has shrunk so much that 141 agriculture was forced to produce 4,000 animals in the wild. Subsequently the same effect was made by avian influenza. In recent years, demand has returned. Slider turtle tries to escape from the grid.
The Market Huangsha. In traditional Chinese medicine it is believed that exotic dishes made from turtle meat to give wisdom, health and longevity In the last line of conservation – South China Nature Society, UCOP, a group of four young ecologists, graduates of the University. The Company was founded in 2008, the year of the Feng Mingh within a non-governmental organization Green-eyed China. Ubopovtsy set themselves a difficult task – to counteract the processes that over many centuries has transformed Guangzhou into an international center of trade of exotic wildlife. Illegally purchased Cobra prepared in the restaurant the Water Snake. This restaurant is popular with government officials place for closing important deals. In traditional Chinese medicine, snake blood is considered a powerful aphrodisiac and exotic dishes made from snake meat is helpful for vision and the lower spine “Our goal is educating consumers and raising their awareness about the effects of consumption of exotic dishes. We hope that this new generation will lead to lower demand in the future,” explains Feng. Illegally purchased Cobra killed and cooked for clients in the restaurant, Panyu Guangzhou This work has different forms. The group organizes various seminars and lectures at the University Guangzhou.
Each month she coordinates operational research on urban markets and registers the number of transactions in protected species of animals. These data are brought to the attention of the authorities, are published on the websites UCOP and Green-eyed China. During the recent raids on notorious markets Quingping Huadiwan and selling live wild animals, UCOP found that the proposal is extremely broad – from Koala bears to crocodiles and white sharks. Farmer, parting the tigers, trying to sell the paw of a Bengal tiger for 3 thousand dollars on the market Quingping in Guangzhou San, a veteran of the trade snakes on Quingping, told them that now on the market sell fewer protected species, than before, because many animals are on the verge of extinction and the government behaves in relation to offenders tougher. However, he admitted that he secretly selling snakes of endangered species, such as cobras. “The demand for ingredients for exotic dishes here is so high that if I don’t sell I will sell it someone else, people will always find someone to buy”. Near the market – restaurant “Water snake”, popular among government officials. There illegally offer Cobra. “200 yuan per kilogram, we get them from the wild,” says the waiter. 200 yuan is about $ 1000. Iguanas in the cage. Soon they will be freed by members of the South China Nature Society (UCOP) Its a major victory for Ubopovtsy consider the results of recent picket at one of the restaurants where the young shark kept in an aquarium so close that she could hardly move. The placards reading “do Not eat, thou shalt not kill” in Chinese and English, has attracted the attention of local news channels.
The shark was eventually released in the sea. The inscription, calling attention to the issue of trafficking bighead turtle, endangered. Turtles in China are used in a wide range – they are kept as Pets, their shells make jewelry, eat them and produce from them the medicines, “the Organization is young,” they say, ” but we are moving in the right direction. 15 million people and 2 thousand years of history – here, to make the changes need time”.