I guess what Gandhi said about nations is true. You can
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judge them by the way they treat their animals. I don't
know of many nations who treat them well, but some nations
are especially cruel to their animals. Sadly, China seems
to be one of them.
In 2008 when China was the host country for the Olympics,
I learned about the horrors which Raccoon dogs were going
through for their fur. How widespread this cruelty was I
have no idea, but the video I saw on the internet showed
workers actually skinning the dogs alive. Yes - THE RACCOON
DOGS WERE ACTUALLY BEING SKINNED ALIVE. If this doesn't
send shivers down your back, I truly wonder about your
lack of concern and compassion for these poor suffering
dogs. This is horrible and despicable. I cannot understand
how these people don't realize this. I can't understand how
their government allows this to happen.
I'm even disappointed that our government doesn't register
concern re this, but of course, they probably believe that
they should not interfere with a nation's "culture." I don't
agree with this posture at all.
When I found out about this horror, I shared it on Oped and
Our Echo. I mentioned that I would be boycotting the Beijing
Olympics. Sadly, I doubt that many if any joined me in this
boycott. What does that say about us? Not very much in my
opinion. Why do we care so little about the sufferings of
our fellow sentient beings?
I know that these poor dogs were on my prayer list for a good
while. Later somehow, I hoped that animal right groups had
gotten through to Chinese officials and that they would be
convinced to give u p this cruelty. Unfortunately, it seems
now that was only wishful thinking on my part, but I am sure
Last week France, a lovely, caring lady on Facebook, sent me a
video regarding dog cruelty in China. The video is hard to
watch, and I really didn't want to see it, but I accidentally
clicked the starting arrow and watched it in horror. All kinds
of beautiful placid dogs were wrenched from their cages by men
wielding clubs. The men began swinging them repeatedly at these
poor dazed dogs whose cries meant nothing to these hardened,
cruel men. The dogs would be clubbed again and again as their
bodies became a bloody pulp until hopefully and mercifully
I don't even know why they were doing this to the dogs, but
for me reasons are moot. Such cruelty is intolerable and
inexcusable. What is wrong with these people to treat a
sentient being so cruely?
What can be done? I hope all the animal right groups will start
a petition in this regard. I signed the one on Facebook, but we
need many, many more petitions and millions of signatures which
should be sent to the l eaders of China. I even wish that we could
boycott their products, but of course, this will never happen. I
believe I read that China is keeping us afloat with monetary loans.
That is incredibly sad. Do you agree?
What else can you and I do? Please don't discount the power of
prayer -unless, of course, you don't believe in God. I do, and
I am adding this intention to my prayer list again. Every day
I go over the index cards which contain the names of people and
the intentions I am praying for.
In this regard, someone said to me that they pray generally for
everyone. In my opinion, this can never be as good as remembering
specific people and intentions. Yes, it certainly will take more
effort to write your intentions on cards, but this way, they will
never be forgotten. I do not want to forget either the people
or intentions which are important in my life. And yes, the poor
suffering dogs of China are important to me. I hope they are
important to you as well.