The price of eternal youth: Protected frogs are DRIED TO DEATH so shops can make traditional Chinese medicine that’s supposed to help women ‘look beautiful’
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Hasma, or known as ‘xue ha gao’ in Chinese, is made with the fallopian tubes of dried-up female frogs and is supposed to help consumers look young.
The best hasma is made in the north-eastern part of China and comes from Asiatic grass frogs, a protected amphibian species from the forest in the region under the Regulation on Protection of Wild Medicinal Resources.
Shocking pictures have emerged from Chinese media, capturing the production process of the popular medicinal food ingredient.
The photos are taken in Changbai mountain, Jilin Province, on November 7.
They show two full racks of frogs being hung up in front of a common grocery shop. The retailer pierced the frogs by a wire and hung them up until their death.
After the animals are killed, their collagen-filled tubes would be removed from their remains and put on sale in the shop. Their remains are thrown to the bin.
The shop owner told a reporter from iFeng.com: ‘The hanging method can ensure that the hasma can be extracted at its best quality.’