We visit a wholesale market for meat at BaoTaqiao Street, located on the east side of the Yangtze River. The place is deserted on the Sunday afternoon, except for the chaotic howling of livestock coming from one of the large, warehouse-like, buildings.
We enter the building. Once we get adjusted to the darkness, we see dozens of pigs crowded in iron cages.
We meet Mr. Wu, the owner of the pigs, and a colleague. Mr. Wu bought the pigs from Anhui Province and will sell them to butchers and supermarkets for 2,000 RMB each. Every day, he purchases and sells out 40 to 50 pigs, he says.