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Live Bird Markets Are Coming Back in China by Popular Demand

  • Southerners like the flavor of freshly slaughtered chicken
  • People are eating more poultry because of pork shortages
A man carries live chickens that he bought at a market in Guangzhou, southern China’s Guangdong province.
A man carries live chickens that he bought at a market in Guangzhou, southern China’s Guangdong province.Photographer: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images
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China is reopening some live bird markets in the south of the country because that’s the way the locals like their fowl -- freshly killed.

“We only buy chicken slaughtered in the markets to ensure that the meat is fresh, and it’s more delicious than the chilled variety sold in supermarkets,” said Rosie Luo, a student from Foshan city, Guangdong province.