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Live poultry sold illegally at some markets despite ban

Despite the best efforts by the city government, live poultry was being sold illegally by street vendors and stall sellers at some local wet markets.

A report by Shanghai Evening Post revealed that these vendors played hide and seek with the market watchdogs and urban management teams.

Some arrived early in the morning and left immediately after selling the poultry.

In a street market on Wanhangdu Road, an eel and bull frog vendor hid the live poultry in a room behind his stall. The vendor told the reporter that he sold 10 chickens a day before 9am.

“I used to sell more than 100 chickens a day,” the vendor said. “But I wouldn’t risk selling more because the officials  visit the place frequently.”

Another vendor hid live chicken, pigeon and duck in a demolished house.

On Changning Branch Road, a couple turned up as early as 5:30am every day on a tricycle loaded with chickens, a local resident

The chickens were slaughtered on the scene and in poor sanity condition. In about 15 minutes, 10 chickens were sold, the website said.

The couple said they did not have quarantine certificates. They said the live chickens sold well because Shanghai residents still preferred the flavor of live chicken than chilled or frozen chicken.

There are 48 designated markets which are allowed to sell live poultry in the city, including chicken, pigeon and quail. Live duck and goose are still banned from sale.

Cai Qingying, a 57-year-old resident, said the unlicensed vendors are popular among elderly people because they slaughter the live chicken in front of them despite the prevalent fears of bird flu.



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