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Eatery slaughters bull on city sidewalk to show ‘how fresh’ food is

A local eatery's promotion drew criticism from shocked members of the public after it slaughtered a bull on the sidewalk.

The business is a beef restaurant on Hanqing Road in Baoshan District. Its name was not disclosed.

The slaughter was reported to have taken place around 8pm on Sunday, according to Shanghai Television Station.

Nearby residents complained to TV reporters that the bloody scene had shaken up many passers-by.

“I saw him peeling off the bull’s skin and I got sick. I left immediately,” a witness recalled to the reporters.

In the TV report, the chopped-off head of the bull could still be seen on the floor of the store.

According to the report, the restaurant staff said bulls were transported from a mountainous areas in southwest China's Guizhou Province. The workers said they were slaughtering them in public to show “how fresh” their products were. The workers said a new group of bulls would arrive in a few days.

However, many residents complained it was unsanitary and doubted whether livestock could be slaughtered legally on the street.

None of the environment and food safety watchdogs had responded at the time of the report.

Food safety laws ban people from slaughtering animals outside certified locations or without a license. The store also could be subject to punishment from the business market watchdog for polluting the environment.


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