Pets in China
You may have heard that the Chinese eat dogs, which has been true for some and a reason I’m vegetarian and don’t visit the meat sections of markets, but the animals we’ve seen, especially the dogs in Shànghǎi, are very pampered.
Some are used as guard dogs:
Not all pets are dogs.
Well-cared-for animals are in the parks.
Of course, cats are popular too. But the most unusual pet, and one that is a great idea for any city in the world, is jelly fish! I don’t mean the deadly ones that Will Smith used so effectively in the movie Seven Pounds, but non-stinging ones. Jane, one of my Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University students, worked last year for a Shanghai company that provides four non-poisonous jelly fish, a tank, lights, and food for about $100. If you’ve ever gotten to see pulsating jelly fish, you will know how beautiful and hypnotizing they can be. Perfect pets for high rise apartment buildings and busy people, jelly fish are absolutely quiet and take little care. So the Chinese have many kinds of pets.
A rising middle class means well-cared-for (and spoiled) pets in China 🙂 .
Zài Jiàn, Renée