2002 - Last Update Jan 2003
LGVN Animals - Animal Cruelty in the East - Updates
Chinese Bears Torture
torture of Chinese bears continues. These creatures are held captive
throughout their whole life, held down horizontally by cages which
are no bigger than the animals themselves.
The bears cannot
move at all and are left to soak in their own urine and faeces,
which burns their skin. Permanent tubes are inserted into the live
animal to extract bile - a fluid used in traditional Chinese medicine
and everything from hair shampoo to wine. Bear bile is sold openly
in many recently surveyed shops in Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and
the United States.
A recent report
by the The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) says
that the bears are facing extinction in the wild. The report accuses
the farms of accleleratiing the disappearance of Asiatic brown and
black bears and sun bears in the wild. more of these bears are sought
in the wild to replace those dying on farms. About 7,000 bears are
kept at more than 200 farms across China in these excessively cruel
conditions. The bears only live to around 10 years in these appalling
conditions, which is about a third of their normal life expectancy.
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China finally responding to global opinion that it mistreats its animals?
of 2000 saw the launch of a 10 day campaign to crack down on the
thriving illegal trade in endangered species, which end up on Chinese
covered four Chinese provinces and led to the rescue of more than
13,000 animals, 4000 of which were on China's protected species
list. It has also led to nearly 400 suspected poachers being arrested.
The South China tiger, the Yangtze River dolphin and most notably
the giant panda are among the most endangered. But other less well-known
snakes, lizards and birds also are widely hunted and sold to restaurants.
of compassion appears to reach the Chinese public through various
news publications, and it was hoped that the trend towards a more
caring view of their wild animals would expand further.
released reports of the Chinese government's "compassionate" activities
should be received with a measure of scepticism. Over the last few
years there have been far more political reasons why such displays
of compassion are part of the Chinese governments agenda.
ongoing discussions with the west regarding international trade
openings means it is important that they display a token element
of compassion in animal welfare and other humanitarian issues. If
they are to be accepted as a viably progressive nation in global
conservation then such a display would show to compensate for an
otherwise notorious track record of appalling animal treatment.
there is an element of propaganda involved in this recent turnaround
of compassion we hope that the effect will at least influence the
Chinese public for the better cause.
King Petitioned to Stop Dog and Cat Slaughtering
In 2000 Kim
Cooling, a British animal compassionate petitioned the King of Thailand
to stop the slaughter of some 33,000 dogs, which are killed in the
country's northeast every year for their meat and skins.
She presented 6,000 letters and petitions to sway King Bhumibol
Adulyadej to stop the suffering and cruelty of the dog skin trade
and to generally improve animal welfare in the country. Kim has
described the cruel trade as barbaric. The animals are clubbed to
death or have their throats slit before they are skinned. The Thailand
dog trade is growing alarmingly. Their skins are also used in its
leather industry. Now the government has begun to draft a bill that
would prevent dogs and cats from being killed for their meat or
skins. Dog meat is still openly consumed in the country's rural
Kim's groundbreaking work in Thailand has been rarely documented
through the media. Looking-Glass and VeggieGlobal realigns this
oversight and exclusively brings you the story of Kim Cooling.
here to read this LGVN feature
Buried Alive in South Korea
In May 2002,
The Sunday Times UK carried a pictorial report showing live piglets
being poured out of a back of a truck and straight into a pit -
An apparent threat of foot and mouth disease in South Korea seems
to allow quarantine officers to carry out such barbaric methods
of "disposal". The picture was taken in Ansung - south
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