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Category Archive: China

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  1. After a four-year publication hiatus, retired Far Side cartoonist Gary Larson has released a greatest hits page-a-day calendar with all profits to benefit Conservation International.

    From the USA Today article “Larson is drawn to the wild side”:

    “I can’t imagine how we’ll be remembered by future generations if we allow this to happen,” says Larson. It’s a holocaust, he says, only instead of killing off people, we’ll be “the flora and fauna Nazis.”

    The approximately $2 million will help CI’s Asia programs, including a campaign in China to reduce the hunting of threatened species for pets, medicine and food.

  2. With the hopes of reducing rabies in a country where 318 people died from the disease in September alone, China has made a bold move to ban households to one dog in nine areas of the country. This raises many questions, not the least of which include what will happen to those dogs that exceed the limit and how successful such a ban will actually be in curbing the rise in those suffering from rabies.

    The official Xinhua news agency reports,”Only one pet dog is allowed per household in the zones, and dangerous and large dogs will be banned. Anyone keeping an unlicensed dog will face prosecution.” In August, attempts were made to deal with the rabies outbreak in the southwestern Chinese county of Mouding where 54,429 dogs were massacred.

    Several animal advocacy groups in the US have weighed in on the issue as reported by the New York Times, including the Humane Society of the United States and PETA.:
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  3. Child, you're destined to be bitten!

    Child, you’re destined to be bitten!

    In this edition of SNARLS & SMILES:

    We give SNARLS to Beyonce’. After that run-in with PETA a few months ago, you’d think she’d be more aware of how she treats animals—at least from a PR perspective—which we know matters to her more than the welfare of animals.

    Reportedly, Beyonce’s new album cover has her with two alligators. Before the photo was doctored up with Photoshop to make it look “OK,” she had one’s mouth taped shut.

    There was a shot where I held an alligator. [He] had [his] mouth taped—that was my bright idea. He was really cute, but since his mouth was taped, he didn’t have any way to defend himself. He was upset, so he peed on me. That was an experience.

    Hopefully, it’s an experience you won’t forget, Beyonce (and may that stain never wash out)! Alligators belong in the wild, not a photo studio with taped mouths.

    SMILES to Jackie Chan for defending dogs in China. The action star’s efforts to end dog slaughters and promote humane rabies control is admirable. The slaughters continue to draw strong condemnation and disgust from abroad and unusually critical remarks from China’s official media—who need to keep the pressure on. It’s all fuel for the fire to put an end to the madness.

    Cheerful Chan said on a card to be auctioned for a fundraiser, “Of course it is our duty as human beings to love and respect each other. But that obligation extends to our animal friends as well,” and signed, “Love, Jackie Chan.” Awwww, thanks, Jackie!

  4. Does this image upset you? It should.

    Does this image upset you? It should.

    The southwestern Chinese county of Mouding massacred at least 54,429 dogs this week, ostensably to prevent the spread of rabies.

    Roadblocks were set up to prevent anyone leaving with dogs. People were offered about 63¢ to kill their dogs, or they could wait for the authorities to come and beat them to death on the spot. I guess I can see why some people opted to electrocute their own animals and take the money.

    Even China’s famously fascist official news sources think this was a bad thing:

    The official newspaper Legal Daily blasted the killings as an “extraordinarily crude, cold-blooded and lazy way for the government to deal with epidemic disease.”

    “Wiping out the dogs shows these government officials didn’t do their jobs right in protecting people from rabies in the first place,” the newspaper, published by the central government’s Politics and Law Committee, said in an editorial in its online edition.

    PETA has called for a boycott of Chinese goods, and has cancelled $300,000 worth of orders.

    You can (and should) contact China’s Ambassador to the U.S. to register your disgust and to advocate for sensible rabies prevention:
    His Excellency Zhou Wenzhong
    Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China
    Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
    2300 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
    Washington, DC 20008
    Tel: (202) 328-2574
    Fax: (202) 328-2582

    For the full story, here’s a long version from the AP or a shorter recap from the BBC. (Thanks to reader Fran Savarick for letting us know about this.)