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Barry from Australia is a questioning soul who looks at social issues from an alternative point of view and instead of asking, “Why?”, he asks “Why not?” He’s convinced that many of his previous incarnations were spent in China. He feels drawn to the people there; attracted by their rich culture and way of life. If given one wish from God, he’d reply, “I want everyone on Earth to be the same colour, speak the same language, and treat each other as they themselves would like to be treated.”
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Dog Trade in China - Nothing To Be Proud Of    

By Barry Pittman
12966 Views | 42 Comments | 11/11/2013 3:37:31 PM

Here are some examples of dogs waiting to be processed in the dog slaughterhouses. When transported via cages, they may suffer a nightmare journey of up to three days without food or water. Surely such appalling treatment should be regarded as an unacceptable abomination by thinking people everywhere.

“For every glimmer of light, somewhere there’s a corresponding shadow of darkness.” As a forewarning, if you have delicate sensibilities or are easily upset, please read no further.  My last blog posting was somewhat satirical, but this one is serious. One of the enduring impressions unfortunately emblazoned into my mind on one of my China trips was when visiting a temple on the outskirts of Hangzhou.

The place was crowded and quite interesting, but in the car park, something odd caught my attention.

It was a small group of Chinese men laughing, as one of the men kept collecting stones from the ground and throwing it at a nearby hungry dog, who seemed to keep wishing to approach the men for a scrap of food.

At each toss of the rock, the men laughed as the skinny dog dodged the throw.  If the rock hit its mark however, the men guffawed even louder as the hapless dog whelped.  It was obvious the men were enjoying themselves immensely.

“What cruel bastards those men are!”, I couldn’t help but think to myself.  “Is all of China like this?”  This was my first trip there and I didn’t quite know what to expect.

People caught doing this type of thing in my country (Australia) would quickly be reported to the Police.  The offender would quite likely then be arrested and charged with animal cruelty.  People here take a dim view of low acts like this. Quite often, people caught being involved in acts of animal abuse are shown on local TV news bulletins here as callous brutes who hurt small animals.

This and other such seemingly cruel things I saw occasionally in China toward animals puzzled me.  It made me realize that as magnificent a country as it no doubt is, its treatment of animals by some sections of the community is shocking.  There’s no other word to sugar coat or describe this.

Let’s look into this a little more.

Please note that this article is referring to SOME places in China by SOME people, not all of them.  Most Chinese -  very likely the vast majority - do the right thing and treat their animals humanely.  I've seen many Chinese who absolutely adore their pets.

It’s a verifiable fact that China supplies more than half of the finished fur garments imported into the USA and significant amounts also to other countries.  But where does this huge quantity of fur come from?

The PETA organization (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) sent undercover investigators into certain Chinese fur farms and made some grim discoveries.  They found many animals were still alive and struggling desperately when workers flipped them onto their backs or hung them up by their legs or tail to skin them alive.  They saw workers brutishly stomp on the necks and heads of animals who struggled too hard, in order to facilitate a clean cut. 

I won’t delve into further detail as to what these undercover operatives from PETA witnessed in places such as these, I think you get the drift of what I’m saying already. Graphic movies from hidden video cameras in support of their upsetting claims however, can be seen on the PETA website (

In China, as in certain other Asian countries, some people believe both dog and cat meat is a delicacy. Food fit for a King and his Queen.  This has lead to the establishment of large dog and cat farms there, where huge numbers – probably in the millions – of animals are slaughtered annually.

Similar to the PETA group, Animal Equality is another large non-profit organization dedicated to achieving equal consideration and respect for animals. As recently as October 2013, they had a victory in China where a dog slaughterhouse and thirty-three markets trading in the dog and cat meat trade were shut down following one of their covert cruelty investigations.

The Animal Equality website ( shows some sickening videos of how some hapless animals are treated in parts of China.   Please don’t view on a full stomach. Suffice to say, the treatment is not good.

Further, yet another anti-cruelty society known as the Change Organisation describes details on their website ( from undercover investigations held  in the cat and dog markets  in Wuhan, Taiping, Zhanjiang and other parts of China in April 2013.  This was part of their Voiceless Friends campaign, attempting to terminate the abhorrent dog and cat meat trade in China.

They witnessed thousands of dogs, cats and rabbits crammed into cages, arriving in trucks to central warehouses.  The cages were unloaded at night, some being thrown from the top of the trucks, often breaking the bones of the animals as they crashed against the concrete floor.  If any pregnant cats gave birth during the trip, the kittens usually were crushed as the cages were roughly manhandled from the trucks. Note that the caged animals were not given any food or drink whilst bouncing around in the back of the trucks, a journey that lasted in some instances up to three days of unrelenting anguish. 

Because dogs and cats are intelligent, not only is there substantial physical pain involved in the handling and slaughter of these hapless creatures, but massive amounts of psychological terror must be involved as well.

It’s said that the true measure of a country can be judged by how it treats its underprivileged – its sick;  its poor;  its down and outs.  To this I would also add  - its animals.

How can a supposedly civilised society treat domesticated and intelligent creatures in this appalling fashion? Why aren’t abusive companies such as the above quickly identified and shut down by the authorities?  Or is a “blind eye” routinely turned in many instances to unacceptable practices such as these?  Local officials must be aware of what’s happening here – why don’t they act decisively about such abuses?  Hellooo, is anyone listening out there?

China is rapidly becoming one of the most dominant countries on Earth.  Many smaller nations must be watching it, emulating its habits, its way of doing things.  It thus holds an important and increasing responsibility to do the right thing in all aspects of life.  Yes, this also includes treatment of animals.

I can see it now though.  Someone here is going to say,

“It’s our culture, our traditions  - you don’t know what you’re talking about.  Please go home, Westerner and mind your own business!”

My response to this is,:

Okay, I’m broad minded enough to know that what’s the norm in my country is not necessarily the norm everywhere.  But for goodness’ sake, why don’t you at the very least, treat the animals humanely?  Why not give them the respect they deserve as intelligent creatures who feel pain and suffering just as you yourself do?  Why do you subject them in many instances, to grotesque suffering that’s akin to torture?  If you feel the need to eat a dog or a cat or to wear a fur coat -  at least ensure the animals involved were all handled humanely and then slaughtered in as quick and pain free a fashion as possible. Is this such a big ask, such an impossible task?

I won’t even mention here the shocking treatment of some tormented bears in China  -  known as battery bears -  where bile from their gall bladders is routinely farmed over long periods and used as "traditional medicine".  This is a whole new and very disturbing story. Whenever I see these poor creatures chained to a post or locked within a cage in obvious great discomfort and distress, my stomach turns and I feel compelled to turn off the TV.   

How can such outrageous cruelty as described here be perpetrated by humans onto intelligent animals?  Why is it allowed in China?  Is money and profit so important that some Chinese feel no compunction in stooping to the very depths of depravity and dark ignominy in order to acquire it?  Why don't the local authorities ban it?  Let me assure readers that as bad in many ways that the West is, such abhorrent practices wouldn't be tolerated in the West.

Customs such as these are a shame of China in my view.  Small but rotten pieces of the otherwise magnificent Chinese cultural apple that need to be identified and cut out completely.

I know this is a Chinese dating website and the above is not really relevant with East/West dating and marriage.  But I appeal to everyone reading this, especially the Chinese ladies who are amongst the kindest and most gentle souls in all the world, to please think about the above.

Discuss it with your neighbours;  discuss it with your Western friends;  maybe phone up your local politician or newspaper office to lodge a complaint.

If you visit a Chinese restaurant or food stall, make sure that any meat you eat hasn’t been sliced from a dog or cat.  If you find a place that serves such canine or feline  “delicacies”, make a protest to the business owner about it and then make a great show of walking out.

Small actions such as these if repeated by thousands of people, will eventually have a ripple effect that’ll inexorably increase over time. Positive change for the better can only occur through repeated actions by good and caring people, but not if it’s placed in the “too hard” basket or ignored completely.

I commend ChinaLoveMatch for having the courage to publish this article.  It would've been all too easy to have simply hit the "Delete" button.

Sages have wisely said that the greatest minds are capable not only of the greatest virtues, but also unfortunately the greatest violations.  China is a fascinating country and I would commend it to all my Western male friends who’d like to find a beautiful Chinese wife. 

The growth, maturation and final blossoming of a truly liberated people will only come about through the determined renunciation of violence and cruelty.  This includes not just to humans, but animals as well.  Please don’t simply shrug your shoulders and say, “Oh, it’s not really my battle to fight.”  Because like it or not, directly or indirectly – it is. 

It's the responsibility of every thinking person on this planet to nullify and negate malice wherever it's witnessed.  If throwing a live, brutalised animal trapped in a metal cage from the back of a truck onto the hard concrete below  - or the skinning alive of a mammal to get its fur coat  -  is not truly offensive and repugnant malice, then what is?

Oh, the humanity of it all.  Or more accurately, the shameful lack of.

I’ll leave you with a favourite quote of mine.

“The belief in a supernatural source of evil isn’t really necessary – humans are sadly quite capable of every form of vile wickedness.”

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#2013-11-13 16:32:21 by JohnAbbot @JohnAbbot

Barry, my wife and I are both real animal lovers, and we have spent a great deal of both time and angst over the treatment of animals in China. All the issues you raise here are both important and deserving of consideration by all thinking people everywhere.

However, if you've been carefully watching what is happening in China regarding animal rights, you must know that just as with almost everything, China is evolving very quickly. Animal rights activists are extremely active in China, and the Government is also starting to pass laws that protect animals. China has a long way to go, but take heart that things are happening here, and the country as a whole is headed in the right direction.

#2013-11-13 17:28:48 by haifeng @haifeng

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#2013-11-13 18:51:54 by anonymous7958 @anonymous7958


#2013-11-13 19:57:49 by prana @prana


#2013-11-13 20:07:18 by prana @prana


#2013-11-14 05:37:35 by Anonymouth @Anonymouth

As mentioned above its not just the farm dogs who this happens to. Pets are stolen all the time for sale to these people. I have had people tell me it is ok, they were raised for this its not like its a pet dog... But it is like a pet dog. If your parents had your sister or brother for a child but then had you for torturing and eating it wouldn't make it right.

To say the purpose of raising this member of the same species is something else does nothing to lessen the cruelty and torment of its short life as a food dog instead of a pet dog.

But John is also very correct, I have read a great deal about the changes happening both on a government legal level and at the grass roots with individual people's perspectives on animal treatment changing.

Most of my trips have been to GZ, where they eat everything, but I have seen many well loved pets even a large dog show taking place. The younger generations mostly dont have an appetite for pet food, as in pet as food on the dinner table. Hopefully this traditional dish will die out with the old guard who still think eating dog warms you up in the winter time.

My fiancee, btw, wont touch much of the weird things ony "plate list" as opposed to bucket list of things I've eaten in China. Shes from Heibei and they have a much different pallet from Guangdong and the south. She's a downright conservative eater. Much of China is like this now.

A lot of the bad practices in fur, leather and other industries are being stamped out because larger Western importers of goods are becoming more and more diligent in checking up on manufacturers and suppliers. Surprise visits and vetting/certification of the companies they work with. It's very hard to get this and easy to lose it. It is having an effect. I'm an industrial designer who has been designing footwear and sourcing and manufacturing in China for 12 years now. I have seen huge changes in the last decade. Same goes for labor issues and workers rights. It only takes a couple of big media fiascos like the nike sweat shop issues to scare everyone straight with the threat of such bad publicity. It can kill a brand. Not that these companies were "turning a blind eye" either. Many chinese factories would have a fake production facility that was state of the art, clean and safe, but when time for large orders came around they sent it all out to other places so they could save the money and not pass it on to the unaware, blissfully ignorant Western brand.

Now that its out, we watch them like hawks... My company is fanatical about only working with certain trusted suppliers and its very hard to open new ones, the vetting process is rough and its costly but important to protect our name.

#2013-11-14 07:59:16 by haifeng @haifeng


#2013-11-14 13:06:58 by Barry1 @Barry1

@haifeng .

Thank you for your comprehensive comments, Haifeng. You've added more illuminating light into the dark practices concerning the evil dog trade in China.

I hadn't realised that in some parts, dog thieves are rampant, grabbing animals from homes and backyards, only to sell them to meat merchants for a few yuan, just like a piece of scrap metal being traded into a recycler's yard. This includes not just physically carrying them away or netting them, but also the use of poison such as cyanide.

You put it very well when you said,

"a dog just for a bite to eat, for a host family it faithfully watches the door, their requirements on people are not high - they guard their homes, and also are something to be reckoned with in case of danger..."

Yes, to kill a faithful pet "just for a bite to eat", is appalling stuff indeed.

@anonymous7958 .

Anon7958 said the tears were streaming down her face as she read this report, reminding her as it did of atrocities committed by the Nazis in World War 2. Like me, she was disgusted that humans could treat dogs with their big, begging eyes so cruelly. Let me answer this by saying that man's inhumanity to man - and also to animals - is ruled by either one of two things - the lust for power; or lust for money. Nightmarish stuff indeed if you think about it.


Annie (Prana) recounted an example of a guard dog that had been stolen by thieves with a gun. Apparently rather than using poison or brute force, some criminal thieves resort to maiming the dog with a bullet.

Annie noted that the laws in this area didn't seem to be as effective as they should and that all animals in the chain of life were deserving of equal rights. I wholeheartedly agree here, believing that penalties for animal cruelty in China need to be doubled or quadrupled, with not just fines being levied, but people need to be thrown into jail for their terrible crimes.

Further, in my view, the tradition of eating dogs and cats in China needs to cut out completely, although as a realist, I know this'll take a long time to achieve, akin to the eating of whale meat by the Japanese.

#2013-11-14 13:24:55 by Barry1 @Barry1

@JohnAbbot >

"take heart that things are happening here, and the country as a whole is headed in the right direction"

Thanks for your thoughts, John. Even though the country is improving in this area, given the fact that some reports suggest a trade in excess of 15 MILLION dogs are slaughtered each year, to me this indicates it'll be sadly a long time before the trade can hopefully be wiped out altogether, if ever it can be.

As Haifeng said,

"our Governments are too busy to protect the property of more than 1.3 billion people, they are busy enough already, so there's no effort left to take into account the dogs and cats?"

This is where a groundswell of public opinion needs to come into play. Public education campaigns; teaching in schools; newspaper articles; etc etc.

Citizens need to be exhorted to not be involved in such offensive practices, not to eat dog or cat meat or wear a fur coat, thereby supporting the industries. Do common citizens really care about all of this though? I suggest most decent folks would, but a substantial minority would not, and here is the major stumbling block, this ingrained cultural problem.

#2013-11-14 21:34:38 by prana @prana


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