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For centuries, China has served as an excelling country full of invention, culture, and outstanding achievements in human history. It is home to today’s emerging technology, vital economic support, significant investments, and countless of other ideas. However, China is also home to a few of the harshest occurrences of animal mistreatment. Specifically, in areas where animals are carelessly looked out for whether they are in restaurants or even sanctioned shelters. In the food industry Chinese belief suggests that causing the animal as much pain as possible actually enhances the flavor of the meat. In very subtle areas of China, dogs are very mistreated and seen as nothing more than rodents. News reports have informed us about the horrors done to them including, being stoned, shot, and beaten to death on the streets of China. In essence, China does have very significant laws against animal cruelty, specifically in laboratory testing, but they are not doing enough to enforce them. For example, in Yulin, China, an annual Dog Meat Festival is held to celebrate the consumption of dog meat. Continue reading
What has been done?
With an ever-growing population and emerging economy, China has found small improvements to their systematic treatment of creatures. Before the 2000’s, Animals were constantly being forced into circus’s, zoo’s, and used as meat. My research suggests that in 1999, many new ways of ending animal cruelty in China were under the works and include cruelty, animal rights, and inhumane slaughter of animals. However, the only problem with this was that it applied only to professionals. Song Wei, professor and director of Law at the University of Science and Technology of China states, “Sixteen years past, although a lot of progress has been made, but no animal welfare legislation on national level has been issued. The fact is that a large number of people even the whole society is educated. Animal protection, animal welfare, humane to animals by legal methods, all such consciousness or the animal perspective have been formed and firmed day by day.” (Wei, 2015). Continue reading
What do I think?
I am a very big advocate of sales and animals, however, not having animals being sold. It disgusts me that animals in China are being burned and boiled alive for the sake of a man’s appetite. Additionally, animals are being disrupted in their natural habitats to be hunted for their tusks and horns. I mean who decided to value ivory so high? Nowadays it’s just as valuable as gold. In Chinese folklore, ivory has been seen as a medicinal remedy for centuries; treating cancer and other illnesses, and even hangovers, deeming it extremely valuable. However, this tradition was proven a myth It has also been used as an aesthetic piece in the form of ornaments, ivory chopsticks, hair accessories, and jewelry to show one’s wealth and status. It is an essential part of the Chinese culture however, like many other culture’s traditions, it must come to an end. Today, poaching is a multi-million dollar industry in China that seems like it will never come to an end. I mean why should it come to an end? It creates jobs for poachers and infuses more money into the Chinese economy. Everyone wants money but at what cost? Continue reading
What can be done?
China has developed numerous ways to destroy the hunt for ivory. However, these ways have not been physically and strictly enforced. The United States, the second biggest consumer of ivory, has destroyed over 6 tons of ivory in hopes to get a message across. Kenya has recently set over 105 tons of Ivory ablaze to send a brutal message that the trade should be banned. Something like this is what China should be participating in especially because it inhabits one of the strongest economies in the world along with the largest population of people. The value of one action, such as Kenya’s, can influence so many people. Additionally, the United States has recently deemed animal abuse as a felony, meaning that it will be treated as a serious crime closely related to murder. However, according to this (Penal Code 596-597), it states, “Exceptions are made for hunting, farming, and research.” Continue reading