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Monday, March 17, 2008

Spotlight on Chinese Animal Abuse

With the coming of the Olympic games to Beijing, I want to shine a bright light on Chinese animal abuse. They aren't the only nation with animal abuse issues, but they are surely one of the worst. Dogs kept in cages so cramped they can't even stand up, only to live a short miserable life before being eaten. Many of their zoos are hellholes of neglect and abuse. They have neither the will nor social pressures to treat animals humanely.

When I first started this blog, I remember reading articles in the Chinese press warning of the dangers of rabies and problems with stray animals in Beijing. I spent enough time in my college years reading foreign communist press articles to see the writing on the wall. Sure enough, a wholesale butchery of dogs and cats was being prepared to make nice for the Olympics. Don't click on that link if you don't like seeing cats crammed into cages. It's disgusting. And it's not some fringe element in Beijing. It's the government. The very same people who would be enforcing animal cruelty laws in China (do they even have any?).

So, when the games start in Beijing in August, swept clean of all those poor neglected animals, we'll be showing the other side of China. And of course, I know the statements above are a broad brush. So we will also be spotlighting Chinese groups that are trying to make a difference.

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