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Friday, February 8, 2008

Chinese Zoos Mistreat Animals. In Other News, It Rained Here in Seattle Today

Big surprise here. They treat their animals like crap. From the country that keeps dogs and cats in cages so small they can't stand, then butchers them for food.

Animal rights groups have been critical of the treatment of animals here for years. But it's been going on virtually unabated.

But as the Beijing Olympics approach, critics hope new light will be shed on the controversial zoos.

Rock star Paul McCartney said he will boycott the Beijing Olympics after seeing footage of another controversial Chinese tradition: The wholesale slaughter of cats and dogs for their fur.

Critics charge the animals are often beaten and skinned alive or thrown into vats of boiling water. "I wouldn't even dream of going over there to play, in the same way I wouldn't go to a country that supported apartheid. This is just disgusting. It's against every rule of humanity, " McCartney told The Guardian newspaper in 2005.

Bravo to Sir Paul for keeping a spotlight on the issue.

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