China is a place where I am a Vegetarian.

Meat drying out in the open next to a bust street

I have stopped eating red meat ages ago as I never really liked the taste. But I still love eating fish, chicken and yes, duck meat every now and again. But since I have moved to China I have started to worry about eating duck or chicken as I have come across so many unsanitary conditions where meat is either held or sold. In China it is quite common to come across meat hanging out in the open.

I have come across raw meat hanging on a washing line, the duck carcasses dangling as birds gathered in the trees above. In a separate incident, I came across a duck left out hanging in the open where flies and all kinds of bugs could get to it. As I walked further it seemed like the normal thing to do here in Shanghai is to hang and dry your meat in your window, exposed to all the elements. Flies can often be seen landing on the meat, some even hanging close to flocks of birds jostling in the trees above, the whole set up is just unsanitary.’I’ve never seen anything like it in my life, except for here in Asia. It is enough to put me off eating meat.

Would you eat meat that was left hanging out in the open like this?


  1. No I wouldn’t, even when I ate meat, I’ve been vegetarian for nearly 30 years now, like you I never really liked red meat so that was easy to give up, I loved fish and still occasionally get a fancy for some, which I now resist, I eventually gave up fish when I saw a programme showing fish coming out of the sea covered in boils and pulses, they looked revolting! Frances

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    • I dont feel tempted with red meat but as you say, fish still tempts me and every now and again I do go to a Japanese place and have some sushi. But other than that I am on vegetables and fruit now. I feel so much better since I stopped eating meat and dont want to go back.

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