Non-Human Animals as Commodities, Tradition, and the Cancellation of the Jinhua Hutou Dog Meat Festival

“In the Mao era, the Communist Party condemned pets as a byproduct of bourgeois decadence.”

“I personally think dog meat is like alcohol. They are both components of our ancient Chinese culture.”

“The tradition of feasting on dogs originated when Hu Dahai, a rebel battling Yuan Dynasty rulers in the 14th century, ordered all the dogs in Jinhua to be slaughtered because their barking had warned rebels in the city.”

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The Jinhua Hutou Dog Meat Festival, as it is called, was abruptly canceled last week after local officials were shamed by an online campaign begun by animal rights advocates. Gruesome photographs taken at past festivals that show canine carcasses, some bloody and others cooked, circulated on Chinese microblogs, creating popular pressure against the festival, which was set for October.

Full article: After Online Campaign, Chinese Dog Meat Festival is Cancelled (The New York Times)

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Organ Harvesting, China and the Falun Gong

[Since the crackdown began in 1999, hundreds of thousands of practitioners have been arrested and detained. Researcher Ethan Gutmann estimated that at least 15 percent of the population incarcerated in labor camps for the purpose of “re-education” is made up of Falun Gong practitioners. These findings are supported by the US State Department. According to human rights groups, detainees have been subjected to forced labor, torture, arbitrary execution and organ harvesting. In 2009, The New York Times reported that “at least 2,000” people had been killed since the crackdown began…..

During a Falun Gong rally in Taiwan in 2006, four demonstrators play in an action drama against what they said was the Chinese communists’ killing of Falun Gong followers and harvesting of their organs in concentration camps. China recently placed the outlawed group at the top of its list of terrorist organizations, despite no history of violence against others….]

Read the full story here | LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS

Falun Gong | WIKIPEDIA

Why is Falun Gong Banned? | NEWSTATESMAN

Organ Harvesting in China | New York Post

 

 

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China: Official “Dog Beaters” Beating People’s Pet Dogs To Death

Official Dog Beaters went door to door and beat to death pet dogs in Shijazjuang, a city near Beijing. Even licensed pet dogs were slaughtered. Dogs could be heard wailing across the city as they were systematically massacred by groups of dog beaters, armed with bamboo poles, leaving distraught owners sobbing over their butchered pets’s bloodied remains. Photographs are from July 2014.

Read the article and watch the video here | ENVIRONMENTALIST

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Believe it… or Not

China Bans Believers, Doubles Down On Atheism | The WORLDPOST

[Leadership of coastal Zhejiang province has declared it will double down on a long-standing but little-enforced rule that bars religious believers from joining the Party.

That move comes amid a widely reported tightening of the ideological screws in Chinese universities and across the media landscape. Professors across the country have reportedly been fired for speaking against the Communist Party, and the country’s education minister declared last week that China should “never let textbooks promoting Western values appear in our classes.”]

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When Wheel Men Fall out of Favor | Unfriending the Dalai Lama

It’s the third time in five years that South Africa has refused to allow Dalai Lama into the country out of deference to Beijing. Russia has also shut the Dalai Lama out repeatedly. But there are also some very surprising nations cowing to China.

Take the United Kingdom. In May 2013, when Prime Minister David Cameron met with the Dalai Lama, even after Beijing warned him not to. China cut off diplomatic relations, and Cameron’s administration spent a year working to get back in Beijing’s good graces. William Hague, Britain’s foreign secretary, promising that the British government was “fully aware of the sensitivity of Tibet-related issues” and would “properly handle such issues on the basis of respecting China’s concerns.”

An almost identical scenario played out in 2010 between China and Denmark, and, until South Africa’s visa decision, the most recent diplomatic row over the Dalai Lama took place in another Scandinavian country beloved for its openness, tolerance, and social welfare: Norway.

That’s right. When the Dalai Lama visited Norway in May 2014, government officials allowed him to enter the country but refused to meet with him.

(Read the full article here) NoOne Likes the Dalai Lama Anymore | Global Post

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Homo Sapiens Fossils Found in China Challenge Out-of-Africa Theory

Human Exodus May Have Reached China 100,000 Years Ago

Last month, Christopher Bae of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Wei Wang of the Guangxi Museum of Nationalities in Nanning, China, and their colleagues announced the discovery of two teeth from the Luna cave in China’s Guangxi Zhuang region, which testing suggests belonged to an early Homo sapiens.
The study, published in Quaternary International, revealed that calcite crystals, which formed as water flowed over the teeth and the cave floor, date them to between 70,000 and 125,000 years ago.  So Bae and Wang say they are evidence of an early wave of modern humans in eastern Asia.

Superpowers Seek to Establish Bases on the Greek Island of Crete | USA with Drones | China with Navy

The USA asked Athens for a new base for unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, on the island of Crete. According to the investigation of To Vima newspaper, the US has pressed the Greek government to decide whether to accept or reject the suggestion. They wanted the agreement to be signed in early June for a period of 6 to 12 months but this did not happen. Such requests are within the American strategic framework for counteracting Islamic terrorism and threats coming from the unstable south-east Mediterranean. – See more at: Full Article Here | GRreporter for VIMA
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Greece, a NATO ally, is considering hosting a Chinese Naval base smack dab in the middle of the eastern Mediterranean. What the Chinese might dock there has not been disclosed, but it could be more robust than the normal Soviet deployments.

According to a recent report, the Prime Minister of Greece said that Crete could serve as a regional node for the support, maintenance and repair of the Chinese Navy and the possibility exists for joint naval operations between Greece and China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy. See more at: Full Article Here | Freedomist