8 de ago de 2006
MASSACRE IN CHINA
The killing of 54,000 dogs in Mouding County has shocked the world. Cruelty to animals is not unique to China. It exists everywhere, even here in the United States. But nothing, nothing compares to the violence against animals in the People’s Republic of China.
Last year CNN (Larry King Live) aired footage documenting the strangulation, drowning and skinning alive of dogs and cats in China, two million of which are brutally killed every year for their fur which is sold around the world. Bear bile farming has imprisoned and tortured hundreds of bears for years. And now we learn of the on-going massacre of thousands of people’s pets, even 4,000 dogs already vaccinated against rabies (Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2006).
I understand China’s concern of a rabies outbreak. But couldn’t the dogs be quarantined and given rabies vaccinations instead of this wholesale carnage? If, however, these dogs must be killed, why are they beaten and strangled in such a brutal, long-suffering manner, when humane euthanasia is available? According to the Los Angeles Times report, dogs were taken from their owners and beaten to death in front of them. One family chose to hang their dog themselves and then ate the dog for supper.
I know that we have different cultures but this is so very difficult to understand.
Are there no laws in China concerning cruelty to animals? Are there any animal groups and/or individuals in China who are working to end this horrific tragedy? Do the citizens of the People’s Republic of China care about the suffering of animals? ("The question is not, can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But can they suffer?")
It’s the suffering of these dogs that haunts me most of all. I don’t want to believe that China’s citizens are barbaric. I sincerely want to understand.
In Defense of Animals
AUGUST 27, 2006 11:00 a.m.
Save this date to attend a major demonstration against the massacre of more than 54,000 dogs in China in a brutal attempt to stem the spread of rabies to humans.
Security officials are stopping people who are walking their dogs and beating the animals to death with clubs in front of them. Other dogs are being poisoned or killed by hanging and electrocution.
We will also demonstrate to educate the public about the horrific companion animal fur trade in China and asking them to boycott the Beijing Olympics and all products that are Made in China.
When: Sunday, August 27, 2006 11:00 a.m.
Where: Gateway to Chinatown
600 North Broadway at Cesar Chavez
Parking at Location: $5.00
For additional information, please contact Bill Dyer at http://br.f347.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=Bill@idausa.org