Chinese food ordering mobile app Ele.me, backed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and other venture investors, has decided to remove food containing dog meat, shark fins and bear paws from its platform, citing food safety and animal protection concerns.
The Shanghai-based start-up said that it terminated 294 merchants selling dog meat products and removed 7,733 dishes containing dog meat from its mobile app database during the past three days.
It plans to take down food containing sharks fins, bear paws and bear bile – food traditionally considered containing unique nutrition or medical benefits in China – soon. Cat meat, snake meat and other foods with potential food safety issues will also be removed.
"There is no regulation regarding dog meat slaughter and quarantine system in China, and dog meat currently in the market c...
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