When Wang bought some meat at a Wal-Mart in China, it didn’t taste right. He knows what donkey tastes like , and this definitely wasn’t donkey. He thinks it tasted a lot like fox.

Donkey is popular in China: “As rising disposable incomes have boosted demand, prices for popular meat like beef, mutton and even donkey have soared in recent years.Selling undesirable (and cheaper) meat under these names can therefore boost profits enormously.”

Simultaneously, the market for fur has grown too, so there’s a lot of fox flesh with nowhere to go, though few eat it because it smells and tastes fishy.

Wal-Mart has stubbornly refused to refund Wang, hinting that his complaint smacks of distortion, which would be a sly move.

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Articles by Peter J. Leithart

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