No offense is taken, and I know you didn't mean to be racist or offensive by saying this, but it's good to keep in mind that that pretty much anything that says "No offense meant" or "not to be racist" will tend to offend or be racist. Next time, don't just take one specific group or race and say "they do this, they do that", because there is an equal chance that anyone of any race will be like that. :)
As for your links, it really is sad, but chances are the vendors are doing what they need to do to make money, even if it isn't morally correct.
Lol, I'm part chinese, and I take no offense to anything. XDDD
This is terrible, but it is true that the majority of China is like this. This is not the worst I've heard about when it comes to Animal Cruelty Laws in China (or lack thereof). This includes food as well...I've always been told by my grandma that, to her ancestors, Buddha said: "any living creature with it's back facing the sun is food for humans". Hence why you always hear stories of people eating dog/cat/bugs/etc.
Sure western cultures strongly disapprove of eastern cultures, but whining and complaining about it is not going to change x many years of history. It's like a similar situation of eastern cultures whining and complaining to western cultures for "wasting good food" by keeping dogs/cats as pets. I don't think you're going to change your views on that, yeah?
I noticed that in the article one man bought a turtle to hang in his office. He's right, turtles are EXTREMELY good luck to have in an office, it's pretty much the equivalent of a money magnet. However, it's not like he can have a legit tank in his cubicle, or in his office unless he's a CEO or something. Then I noticed that a tourist bought one, just to release it. Notice this difference in mindset? It's a culture thing, not necessarily a moral thing.
Also in response to the Beijing Olympics Goldfish keyrings, there was:
“We can’t understand why anyone would want to buy such a thing.”
That's exactly my point, westerners would not understand the mindset, but if left unattended, this kind of thing would be insanely popular...especially if somebody bought 8 gold ones and one black one!
*I* personally don't like this whole thing, due to the lack of space and oxygen and the "nutrient water", but if I were indeed allowed to bring in a 100 gallon tank with 8 gold fancies and 1 black moor to an exam/work, I would TOTALLY do it. I need all the luck I can get, lmao.