My generation fought in the Korean War, and I have always been disappointed
that it seems to me that no one in my age group fighting there made it a point
to tell the world about this cruelty. Of course, I don't know how In Defense of Animals
found out about it, but I am grateful that they did and clued us in.
I participated in the small measures IDA employed to help stop it, but it
has been largely an exercise in futility. It is like condemning and fighting to
stop the bull fighting horrors of Spanish countries which continue to this day. But thankfully, I
recently read that the EU has made known to the bull fighting member nations that there
will no longer be any more EU money allocated to promote this "sport."
Imagine that not even one of the popes was able to stop these people from
exercising what Wayne Pacelle of the HSUS labeled a "cultural prerogative" though in
his blog he was referring to the practice of dog eating which of course equally applies
here as well. Hopefully, the EU measure and finally a realization by many more Spanish
people that bull fighting is a cruelty which needs to end and with it a very sad page
of Spanish history.
Also, I hope it wil stop the terrible "festival" of the burning of the bull
horns --where the horns of the bulls are lit with fire, and then the bulls are chased through
the streets where they try to bump into anything which will extinguish the cruel lapping
flames and stop their suffering. What kind of people find pleasure in causing this terrible pain
to innocent bulls?
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Finally, a paragraph from Wayne Pacelle's blog re dog eating deserves
quoting here. Titled "Don't For a Minute Excuse Eating Dog Meat As a Cultural Prerogative": The
very idea of dogs as meat is unthinkable for most people, but an estimated 30 million
dogs are slaughtered each year for local consumption in a handful of Asian countries, including
China, Philippines, South Korea, and Vietnam. We'd be wrong, however, to think the vast
majority of the people in these countries participate as suppliers or consumers. Dog meat is
considered something of a delicacy, and not a staple food for the poor. We would also be wrong
to assume that
the vast majority of people in these countries are comfortable with the
whole crude, sickening enterprise. It's partly on that assumption that The HSUS and Humane
Society International have made ending the dog meat trade a major priority, getting on the ground
in these nations to help bring an end to this betrayal of a bond first forged between humans
and dogs 30,000 years ago."
I think Pacelle is too kind in absolving most of the people in these
countries as participants in this cruelty, but I do hope he is right and I am wrong.