Since September this year, a social campaign of the organization for the protection of animal rights, Animals Asia, has been underway in China. What do the Chinese say? Many demand their removal.
- Top about cats
Since September this year, a social campaign of the organization for the protection of animal rights, Animals Asia, has been underway in China. The provocative posters show animals grabbed with chopsticks and are accompanied by an inscription: "Be healthy. Refuse to eat dog and cat meat. The campaign against eating dogs and cats has sparked controversy in Northeast China. Angry townspeople demanded that the related posters be removed, claiming that eating these animals' flesh is part of their tradition..
In Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning Province, where consumption of these animals is common, posters on the subway had to be changed due to passenger complaints, local media reported.
They think we shouldn't put up posters because eating dogs is a so-called tradition. We want to spread the word that tradition cannot be an excuse for cruelty, Animals Asia activist Carrot Chen told the Hong Kong daily South China Morning Post.
The campaign divided the Chinese also on the Internet, and some users of the popular microblogging network Weibo (Chinese Twitter) joined the protest of Liaoning residents. One blogger wrote:
Do all these foundations think that since Westerners don't eat dogs and cats, they may be forcing the Chinese not to eat them too? Do they consider themselves gods?
Although many Chinese people, mostly young people, refuse to eat dogs, they are still widely eaten in some parts of the country, not just in Liaoningu. In some regions, dog meat is believed to have medicinal qualities and even the ability to scare away ghosts. Some people say that consuming it increases male libido, and Chinese traditional medicine uses it to treat impotence.