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China – animal rights and wrongs May 22, 2007

Posted by Rambling Man in World Affairs.

I was quite shocked this morning to see a Sky news report on the disgraceful treatment of animals in some Chinese zoos. The report (and we were adequately warned) was quite graphic and showed the Chinese visitors and zoo keepers alike delighting in the live animal baiting where several huge Siberian tigers lazily attacked their live prey.

Picture the scene – at least 6 lazy and overweight tigers, fat from not having to run for their food suddenly perk up when they see the blue van roll into view. The van has to move through a circle of Chinese buses, crammed with camcorder toting tourists. They are as eager as the tigers – they can smell a kill. The trap door on the van pops open and a live cow pops out, looking dazed and confused. It is short-lived as two of the tigers pounce on it dragging it to the ground with two more jumping on its back as it tries in vain to run away. The crowd cheers and the cow moans its last breath, as excited fathers show their sons what life in the wild is really like …

The buses circle further, vending live poultry and small animals through openings in the side. The tigers chase the buses knowing that more food is on it’s way. One Chinese man, eager to show his new found spending power, pays the $10 to throw a live duck out the window to a waiting cat. Squeals of nervous excitement fill the air; squeals of death emanate from the bird – the women are impressed, the men brave.

The report cuts to Sky’s man on the bus – shocked as much by what he has seen outside as by the crazy, bloodthirsty attitude on the buses. The zoo keepers stop briefly to attach the still kicking carcass of the cow to a rope and hitch the rope to their truck. They speed off with the tigers in pursuit, honing their latent and long forgotten skills trying to paw meat from rope. Later we see a monkey so institutionalised that he continuously beats his head off a nearby tree. And a tigress who repeatedly walks up and down her cage all day long to relieve the deadening boredom … I could go on …

I was sickened. But also realistic. This is obviously perfectly acceptable in China and people pay good money to see it. What is acceptable to you and me, may not (and often is not) to him and her. And vice versa. What maddened me was the joy the parents took in pointing out the cow’s last desperate moments to their chattering children. “Look honey, did you see how that brave tiger tore the flesh from that silly cow’s neck with his teeth ?” Meanwhile the cow bleeds to death while other animals tear at its hind quarters. More cheering. A family day out, Beijing style.

If this is modern China, then you can have it. You have to know you have a problem before you can solve it and what country will be the first to say it to them ? What would the reaction be ?

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1. Sinead - May 24, 2007

Well said! I saw the footage you mentioned too and found it both shocking and disgraceful. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain and fear those poor animals went through…

2. Rambling Man - May 25, 2007

it was the enjoyment that the people and the parents got in the buses that struck a chord with me. those kids will now grow up thinking it’s OK to do such things.

3. MC Miker G - February 15, 2008

There are far, FAR worse things going on in China in terms of animal rights abuses; bear bile farms to give just one example. But hopefully, as the country becomes more integrated economically and culturally with the rest of the world, animal issues will gain a higher profile.

4. Pete Password - April 9, 2008

Yeah, hopefully huh? Don’t bet on it. China has a long history, and if they haven’t reached the stage of appreciating another species’ pain and distress, they aren’t going to get there in a hurry. Let’s just face it, Chinese ‘culture’ is sick, undeveloped, fascistic and cruel.

When undercover investigators made their way onto Chinese fur farms recently, they found that many animals are still alive and struggling desperately when workers flip them onto their backs or hang them up by their legs or tails to skin them. When workers on these farms begin to cut the skin and fur from an animal’s leg, the free limbs kick and writhe. Workers stomp on the necks and heads of animals who struggle too hard to allow a clean cut. When the fur is finally peeled off over the animals’ heads, their naked, bloody bodies are thrown onto a pile of those who have gone before them. Some are still alive, breathing in ragged gasps and blinking slowly.

Some of the animals’ hearts are still beating five to 10 minutes after they are skinned. One investigator recorded a skinned raccoon dog on the heap of carcasses who had enough strength to lift his bloodied head and stare into the camera. http://www.furisdead.com/feat/ChineseFurFarms/

5. Maria - August 7, 2008

The evil chinese – have no respect for animals. I hate them all and I was thrilled when the masive earthquake hit china and that the earthquake took hold and gave them the misery and fear they deserved. KARMA kicked in because of their cruelty to animals.

6. Rambling Man - August 8, 2008

steady on maria – it disgusts me to think you delight in the deaths and hardship of others … you should take a good, long look at yourself for that statement – there but for the grace of god go we all.

the way to change their mentality re: animal cruelty is to educate, not hope they all die … jesus that comment pissed me off

7. Cricket - August 14, 2008

I think that it is hard to condemn the practices of other countries and cultures, because we don’t and can’t understand their values. That being said, they need to take some time to reflect on the cruelty that they allow in their country. I recently saw some photos of a fetish practice called “crush”, which involves crushing small animals to death, that were taken in China. I was upset by them, and sickened that someone could do that to an innocent creature. I hope that practices like that can be stopped in the future. They only hurt themselves by allowing those practices to take place.

8. arani - September 1, 2008

why is it soo hard for the country to introduce A FEW rules about how animals are treated? like making sure they die a less painful death or somthing.Other countrys put so much pressure and china has a bad reputation for animal rights. Even if china dosn’t care, altleast they can just do it to get a better reputation!

9. Frustrated - March 30, 2009

There is actually a video that shows the practice of skinning dogs and cats alive in China. Many people don’t know that when they are buying bur from china it is often cat or dog fur. They had a fully skinned dog that was still alive that they just let suffer to death. How can they not feel some bit of guilt when making any living creature suffer so horribly. If we all stop buying fur from china and spreading the word to others to abstain from it as well maybe the massacre will finally cease.

10. Kevin Hutchison - July 3, 2009

The Chinese and Koreans etc. are extremely heartless and cruel in their abuse of animals. It has desensitised me to them as fellow humans, and frankly I don’t care much for them now. I know there will be many among them who share my revulsion, and I therefore apologise for generalising. But anyway, shame on those who perpetuate the cruelty, and let’s just hope they get bigger and worse earthquakes if they continue.

11. RamblingMan - July 6, 2009

kevin – i agree that their record is appalling but don’t think they will readily change …

but on this blog you can disagree with animal cruelty, and have useful discussion, like we all do …

if you want to wish wanton death and destruction on a race or a people by hoping they get earthquakes, then kindly fuck off and do it elsewhere !

12. beyond frustrated - August 2, 2009

I can totally understand where these racist comments are comming from. The more I read about China , the more I am losing respect for the entire race and it scares me. I don’t want to be a racist but I cannot, for the life of me ,wrap my mind around how anyone could allow this to happen , let alone an entire country. They have NO laws for animal rights! It disgusts me that people in this country are not outragged that this is going on , and that the majority of the Country is not attempting to put a stop to it. I can only come to the conclusion that they are desensitized to the pain of these poor animals , and it is a part of their culture. It scares me that people can be so brain washed in the way that they are brought up that they can participate in harming such an innocent living creature. When I saw some of these videos , I literally wanted to have the roles reversed and have the person ( for lack of a better word) be skinned alive, concious, screaming for his life. I hope those bastards rot in hell!! I couldn’t worse anything worse on them! I have lost so much sleep over this, i literally think about it at least 100 times a day. I feel so insignificant and I feel like i need to do something about this but I dont know what to do! it HAS to stop!

And for all of those people who make comments back saying that this stuff happens in western cultures.. knock yourselves out.. it does happen here, and it is AWFUL and inexcuseable.. but at least we have come so far as to at least have laws set in place to attempt to put a stop to it..enough people have come forward and said that this will not be tolerated.. that has yet to happen in china.. The majority of those people should be outragged and ashamed to be from such a heartless , backwards country.

I apologize to any chinese people that were offended by this msg. I do know that not EVERYONE from the country approves of this or isn’t outragged. I just wish more people would come forward to do something about this …

13. ladywolf - March 28, 2010

I think people in China are uneducated enough about animals, and believe it or not, some of them (who lives in the city!) has never even heard of a thing called animal rights before. They are shocked when i told them that in other countries animals have rights. Since they themselves as humans do not have much rights down here in China. They have to submit 100% to whatever the government tell them to do. If they protest, then they will be massacred just like the tian men incident, where hundred thousands of people were shot to death on the spot with a machine gun by the soldiers under the government’s command.
Yesterday, i was walking with my 5 months old puppy in our apartment complex. A 45 years old man walked by. My pup is still young, and i let him run around. He jumped at the 45 years old man, But the man doesnt get a scratch or even his pants dirty. I think it is normal for a young pup to do that, and his sole intention is just to ask the man to play. But his reaction was: he screamed at me and said that he will beat my pup to death if he does it again. I was holding my pup by its collar, and he slipped loose and jumped at the man again! The 45 year old man kicked him on the ribs. I was furious and i confronted him, why you kicked my dog? Did he hurt you or anything? Did he bite you? He said one thing to me in English : FUCK YOU. So i said Fuck You back to him. Then he hit me! So i hit him back with a thermos bottle on the head. We got into a fight and he got scared because he realized i am serious right here. I will defend my puppy no matter what. I am happy that i managed to make his lips bleed, torn his clothes, and break his stupid glasses. That should teach him not to kick at dogs!

14. timmy - June 29, 2011

F…. the dirty scum there animals ( them as in Chinese) them selfs we shud beat them

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