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Chinese Animal ‘Mystery Box’ Fad Faces Backlash Over Cruelty

  • Activists in China found 160 puppies and kittens being transported in a shipping truck.
  • They were being shipped in “mystery boxes” sold on the Chinese shopping site Taobao for $1.50.
  • Many of the animals starved and suffocated as they made a cross-country journey to customers.
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Animal “mystery boxes” prompted outrage in China after some 160 distressed and dying puppies and kittens were found in the back of a Chinese delivery truck.

According to the Weibo account of the Chinese animal-rescue group Chengdu Aizhijia Animal Rescue Center, volunteers intercepted a delivery truck in

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The ulti-mutt pet? Chinese tech company develops robo-dogs

The high-tech hound uses sensors and AI to ‘hear’ and ‘see’ its environment – and can even be taken for walks

It’s whip fast, obeys commands and doesn’t leave unpleasant surprises on the floor—meet the AlphaDog, a robotic response to two of China’s burgeoning loves: pets and technology.

The high-tech hound uses sensors and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to ‘hear’ and ‘see’ its environment—and can even be taken for walks.

“It’s really very similar to a real dog,” says Ma Jie, chief technology officer at Weilan, the company behind the product.

AlphaDog follows in the paw prints of “Spot”, a

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The ulti-mutt pet? Chinese tech company develops AI-powered robo-dogs

It’s whip fast, obeys commands and doesn’t leave unpleasant surprises on the floor — meet the AlphaDog, a robotic response to two of China’s burgeoning loves: pets and technology.

The high-tech hound uses sensors and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to ‘hear’ and ‘see’ its environment — and can even be taken for walks.

“It’s really very similar to a real dog,” says Ma Jie, chief technology officer at Weilan, the company behind the product.

The Nanjing-based creators say their robot dog — which moves at a speed of almost 15 kilometres (nine miles) per hour and spins on the spot

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Chinese fur farms where animals are electrocuted and tortured in tiny cages could be breeding ground for next pandemic

SADISTIC sites where animals are tortured to death for their fur in horrific condition could be harbouring viruses which could become the next pandemic, it has been warned.

An investigation by the Humane Society International (HSI) uncovered the appalling conditions foxes, raccoons and minks face at Chinese fur farms.

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Foxes, raccoons and minks are kept in horrific conditions on Chinese fur farmsCredit: HSI
A fox being electrocuted by one of the fur farmers

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A fox being electrocuted by one of the fur farmersCredit: HSI US
China rears 14 million foxes a year just for the fur trade

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China rears 14 million foxes a year just for the fur trade
The animals are killed for their fur at the horrific sites

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The animals are killed for their fur
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