2008: Dog Lover Demos in Beijing and Chengdu

Some demos are legal in China. Recently dog and cat lovers took to the streets.

China protest decries custom of eating cats

By GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press Writer Gillian Wong, Associated Press Writer 1 hr 45 mins ago BEIJING – A southern Chinese province must stop the “shameful” and “cruel slaughter” of cats for food, a group of more than 40 animal lovers in Beijing said Thursday as they unfurled banners in a tearful protest.Thousands of cats across the country have been caught in the past week by traders and transported to Guangdong province to be killed for food, said the protesters gathered at the Guangdong government’s office in Beijing.”We are very angry because the cats are being skinned and then cooked alive. We must make them correct this uncivilized behavior,” said Wang Hongyao, who represented the group in submitting a letter to the Guangdong office.

Here is a similar report from CBS News.

Chengdu: “Dogs and cats are our friends, not a gourmet dish!!”

猫狗是朋友 而非佳肴!

Translated from a Chengdu, Sichuan newspaper:

Huaxi Dushibao, December 22, 2008 p. 13

Every winter solstice, some Chengdu restaurants will “put up a sheep head but sell dog meat”. Many loveable doggies end up as a gourmet dish. To help these poor little animals and to let more people know that dogs and cats are our friends and not a gourmet dish, twenty volunteers from the Asia Animal Fund and the Chengdu Dog Lovers Salon took to the streets in the Xiaoguandi to Wenzhufang area in a demonstration “Oppose the Eating of Dogs and Cats”. They carried posters proclaiming “We are friends not food”. They gave passersby leaflets on the protection of small animals.

About 高大伟 David Cowhig

Worked 25 years as a US State Department Foreign Service Officer including ten years at US Embassy Beijing and US Consulate General Chengdu and four years as a China Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Before State I translated Japanese and Chinese scientific and technical books and articles into English freelance for six years. Before that I taught English at Tunghai University in Taiwan for three years. And before that I worked two summers on Norwegian farms, milking cows and feeding chickens.
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