A Civilized Nation? dedicated to the dog in the sack
An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org


Ruth Eisenbud
March 2012

Cruelty to animals is one of the distinguishing vices of low and base minds. Wherever it is found, it is a certain mark of ignorance and meanness; a mark
which all the external advantages of wealth, splendour, and nobility, cannot obliterate. It is consistent neither with learning nor true civility.

- William Jones

There are those who believe that China is a great and ancient civilization, worthy of respect. Beneath the veneer of culture and wealth, lurks a heart so brutally uncivilized and cruel that it defies the very meaning of civilization. A culture worthy of respect would be built on wisdom and compassion, not primitive beliefs with absolutely no understanding that animal and human life is of value...

A great and ancient civilization so different from china is the long and compassionate tradition found in India, manifesting respect for all living beings. This was best expressed by Mahatma Gandhi who understood that a civilization based on violence to animals has no potential for greatness: “The greatness of a nation and the progress of its moral development may be measured by how it treats its animals.”

Clearly a culture, such as China, that would roast alive an animal as decent, cooperative and companionable as a dog, is worthy of neither support or respect. China is neither great nor morally developed. Rather, it is a pariah among nations, for with the exception of vietnam and korea, no other nation exhibits such sadism to man's best friend. Chinese cruelty defies even the worst definitions of imagined animal abuse:

dog baked alive in sack
Chinese cuisine specialty - dogs roasted live

Dogs have been a part of human society for more than 10,000 years. They have worked with and cooperated with humans throughout this long history. A culture that would discard this sacred bond and reduce a dog to a bit of tasty flesh. indicates a profound inability to understand the meaning of friendship. While it is inconceivable that a civilized person would kill a dog for any reason, the Chinese have taken slaughter to a level beyond horrific. In the elusive effort to obtain an even tastier bit of dog flesh, they have developed techinques of slaughter, raised to a level so depraved only the most degenerate would endorse them. To insure that these techniques are documented, so they may be carefully followed, there are books and videos with specific instructions on how to properly torture a dog to death.

The following statement from Animals Asia says it all:

Livestock sections of large bookshops stock books and VCDs on dog farming which promote horrific slaughter methods, in the misguided belief that the more the dog suffers the better the meat will taste. Consequently, vacuum packed and canned dog meat are becoming increasingly available in some supermarkets.

Techniques include vicious beatings, slicing the paws and breaking the legs prior to slaughter with the primitive intention that the flesh of a tortured animal has greater flavor and medicinal benefits, The secret ingredient in Chinese cuisine is not an herb or spice, but the virulent sadism of a backward, morally bankrupt view. For those who insist, despite the evidence, that china is a civil nation, a viewing of the slaughter of dog may provide a reason to reconsider: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6_ifWe-zpo&feature=related

Not only dogs, but every animal in china may be subjected to similar treatment in the effort enhance flavor. For example the top half of a fish is wrapped in a dampcloth, as the fish is placed, still living, into hot oil. The intention is to keep the fish alive as long as possible while he is fried. The one exception to the wanton cruelty is the panda, whose life is measured by the millions of dollars it brings when loaned to foreign zoos.

Some definitions of civilization include:

  • The act or process of civilizing or reaching a civilized state.
  • Cultural or intellectual refinement; good taste.
  • A human society that has highly developed material and spiritual resources and a complex cultural, political, and legal organization; an advanced state in social development.
  • Intellectual, cultural, and moral refinement

The undercurrent of horrific violence to animals in china precludes the possibility that china will ever reach a civilized state. Nor does China meet the cultural prerequisite of highly sipiritual resources required to attain an advanced state of social development. Rather, there is a total lack of spiritual awareness illustrated by the assault on the harmless, the weak and the best friend a man ever had.. Surely there is no good taste in the gruesome slaughter of a dog. Moral refinements are virtually non-existant and impossible in a value system that so callously contrives methods of torture for the pleasure of a bit of dog meat.

By every standard of civility and culture China falls short.

A civilization built on a foundation of ignorance, cruelty and sang froid does not have the potential to develope and grow into a mature culture. It is anything but a civilized force to be respected and emulated.

The only recourse available to those who understand and appreciate the bond of friendship between man and dog, is to stop funding the killing machine. Any item purchased, that is made in China, adds to the sense that they may carry on as they choose without remorse or contrition. In a nation devoid of compassion and civility towards living creatures, the only negotiable currency is the withdrawal of cash. Boycotting China is not a dauntless effort. Germany makes excellent nail clippers. If you must buy something made in china, have it be second hand, so that there is no profit in it the second time around.

Please take a moment to reflect on the poor souls who are baked alive in china...For them: say no to China. Say no more. We will not buy your blood-drenched products. We will not tolerate the cynical and fiendish betrayal of our loyal and devoted friend.

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