These are little turtles for sale, in little plastic containers, in the hot sun. There are gradations of sympathy -- from animals with big soulful eyes, like dogs, to these poor trapped turtles, to crickets, which are kept as pets for fighting with other crickets, to bugs, which are of course fried and eaten. I was going to ask if sympathy, or sentimentality, for animals is a luxury that only more prosperous countries can afford, than I thought about Hinduism. I don't think Confucius ever spoke to the question of animal rights. He didn't even think about women.
There was a craze for Tibetan Mastiffs for a while, but they are a large dog so they were impracticable for China. The craze has come to an end and the surplus Tibetan Mastiffs are now being eaten. I once saw a truck with a large wire cage full of dogs pass by on the highway and I thought they were pretty certainly going to loving homes -- homes where people love to eat dog meat, that is. And my emotional reaction to that was decidedly different from my reaction when bicycling past a truck with a large wire crate filled with big dozing pigs. Then, my reaction was, what's that horrible smell?
I can't fathom how China supplies the staggering amounts of fish, seafood, chicken and pork that must be raised to meet growing consumer demand to feed 1.4 billion people. I've only seen small scale animal husbandry, around here, such as sheep and goats grazing the long grass right at the entrance to the campus or along the riverside. I met this goat in downtown Zhangdian, near my (then) apartment building. I took the picture because I realized that this goat was not at all creepy, unlike Pleasant Goat.
Oh, I've strayed off of animal rights again. It's not that I'm complacent about what I've seen around me; it saddens me. But I accept that I am in a different culture, and I can see that change is coming. However, if you are extremely tender-hearted, you might want to take this into consideration if you are thinking of working in China.