The criticism that Tesco faces has profound implications about the troubles and blessings of globalization. Although the conflict seems to be a simple one between business and activist groups over animal rights, the matter is complicated by clashes between Chinese and Western cultures reflected in consumerism.
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As a grocery retailer, Tesco is not setting the precedent to supply live amphibians but merely providing an intermediary market between the farmer (or the hunter) and the consumer. Its decision to sell live amphibians is a response to consumer demand and the price, which has already been established by years of trading in live animal markets. Since open markets still exist as competition to supermarkets like Tesco, Chinese consumers reserve the right to choose whether to purchase live turtles and from where to do so.