The Cultural Aspect of Wildlife Trade in China

Terroir from Beijing Cream criticizes professional photojournalist Patrick Brown's photographs series, Trading to Extinction for being over simplified in the explanation of wildlife trade in China as “naive” and “greed”:

this is a way of life for some Chinese as well. It doesn’t mean it’s right – it just means that the culture here deserves to be equally acknowledged before it is so easily dismissed and condemned…Chinese culture does change, but it won’t do so to appease the self-righteous criticism of everyone else.

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  • Interesting indeed. I understand the need to balance the two sides of the wildelife trade story, but just because its ingrained in Chinese culture doesn’t make it any less harmful to the ecosystem. Culture is, of course, and important part of doing business in China. I have a post up here on how much culture matters in China:

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