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China Celebrates Olympics While Animals Continue to Suffer

This is not a favoritism for PETA, however they bring to our attention that while China is celebrating a beloved world event, the Olympics, dogs and cats continue to suffer at the hands of this industrious nation. Fur is bad, especially when they are taken from these feeling, intelligent domestic animals. China is way behind on human rights, and that leaves no place for animals. They are behind in effective and humane animal control (they just don’t care enough to try – spay /neuter/educate), instead they irradicate dogs and cats like vermin. They horrifically stripping their fur while the animals still alive, and falsely label on coats and jackets as “faux furs” to be sold in Western nations.

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No Dog Meat During the Olympics in Beijing

For fear of animal rights groups criticism and offending Western visitors and countries against such customs, Beijing has taken dog meat off the menu for the duration of the Olympics. We’d only wish that they make this permanent. If they understand that they must respect our opposition against the eating of dogs, why can’t they understand that we oppose this for a reason and just stop eating them?

Korean and China are known for their dog meat-loving delicacies – well, if you call it that. What many people don’t know is that certain dog meat is not just a dish. The chinese and korean claims that it provides aphrodisiac effects for humans. More horrifically, the WAY in which a dog is killed is merciless. It has been documented that these poor dogs are hung by the neck, slowly suffocating while being beaten, which is believed to unleash certain chemicals or hormones by the brain which makes the aphrodisiac. The dogs cry in agony- they can’t even die quickly. The bodies are so beaten that the flesh becomes tender enough to eat.

How sadistic and senseless. Dogs are intelligent (as are cats). They feel. They are loving beings. They are precious.

F**k China and Korea. (no offense)

Read article here

7/22/2008 – DOG FUR
I also would like to bring up the issue of fur trade, lately exposed in the U.S. to allegedly contains dog and cat fur as trims on coats and jackets. The labels claim “faux” (fake) fur but often are not. This is another import from China and Korea. Just think, the pretty hoodie on your winter parka could be someone’s dog.

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China Cat Massacre

With the Olympics coming, Beijing is getting ready–cleaning up the streets, beautifying the city, demonstrating its industrial power to the world. But one act in particular is outright barbaric– the killings of cats. This is two-fold: 1) the government uses scare tactics by terrifying its citizens that cats carry diseases, into surrendering the animals; and 2) use the Olympics as an excuse to clean up the streets by exterminating them. China has once did this with dogs for fear of rabies and SARS, and the way in which they destroy these poor animals is atrocious.

Without the cats, mice and rats will increase by numbers, and the chances of the rodents carrying and transmitting diseases will be even more detrimental.

Cats are rounded up by the thousands into large crates and trucked off to what animal welfare groups describe as extermination camps on the edges of the city. The estimated number of extermination will be in the half a million, just over a year after the Chinese were criticized for beating and killing stray dogs across the country and selling them for aphrodisiac effects in their meat. The U.K.’s Daily Mail reports that these cats go to the camps, if not destroyed right away, are trapped and crammed into cages and waiting to die slow, agonizing deaths.

Look at the picture above, how does it not break your heart completely? Please help by spreading the word of this atrocity.

UPDATE 12/24/2009

This post has generated a lot of comments, both positive and negative. For those of you who see the China cat massacre as “justified” and “evolutionary” and “normal” and “survival of the fittest” I just want to say, that you have a point. And before you go defending the “human race” in saying that we are animals and we are entitled to eat cats (and other livestock), please try to open your mind to the following:

Humans are animals, and we are at the top of the food chain. In the natural world, as the superior animal, we hunt and eat other animals to survive. This is the order of the world. HOWEVER, we are also the ONLY animal species that has the capability to control what and HOW we kill and eat, unlike. animals they DO it for survival in the natural sense. And because of this conundrum, we as humans have the COGNITIVE power to be responsibly humane. Animals do not torture other animals for food or fur, they merely kill to feed themselves and their young. THIS is a big difference.

I think people who tend to say that this is not a big deal, that people can do whatever they want and treat animals however they want, is missing a gene. It is NOT normal to be okay with cats and dogs to be beaten and treated without mercy. It is NOT okay to not feel anything when you see a dog beaten with a metal stick, its fur being stripped from its body while still alive; a cat being boiled alive or stepped on like rodents. It is NOT okay to pass this kind of thinking onto our children.

Compassion is all we’re advocating for. If you read my post carefully, you will see that more than anything else, it’s about treating even those we eat with some mercy so there is less suffering.

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