|Barked: Tue Jul 24, '12 6:31pm PST |
|It will be hard to stop a way of life. Luckily, there are plenty of Chinese people (especially the younger generations) who do not like the way the animals are being treated. Honestly, I have more of a problem with the way the dogs are being handled/treated then the fact they are used for meat (not that I really like that either, just I understand it). It is mostly due to culture, how we are raised, that westerners find dog meat repulsive (since we only view dogs as companion animals, or the 'furry child').
Since they mentioned SARS, and inferred it was because of the dogs and cats being sold, that is not true. It is true these markets sell all kinds of animals (and not very humane either, def not saying I think it is ok!), but the virus actually came from the more exotic animals being sold. There are a lot of varieties of fowl (which I do believe was the actual source), and exotic wild cats (I can't remember if they had a part in it). I lived in Asia during the outbreak, it was quite interesting (and sad, a lot of deaths) to say the least. There was a lot of fear, even after the main outbreak was over. I think when things like that happen, it wakes some people up to the practices going on that caused it. I know where I lived in Taiwan, a lot of the markets (especially ones keeping tons of birds in cages) were shut down by the government.
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