Asian Animal Rights Groups Gain Momentum


1,100 dogs destined for the slaughterhouse in Chongqing were saved (2012)Despite the highly justified global criticism levelled at the Chinese and other Asian nations for their historic and current abuse of animals, it is perhaps worth mentioning a new trend, and noting not all are abusers. Far from it.

Animal rights activists are growing in numbers in Asia.  Some networks were formed as early as 2004, but it is only now they are truly gathering momentum.  Awareness has been raised and the younger, the better educated and the economically empowered are no Volunteers walk among the 580 dogs at an animal centre after they were rescued for $17,000longer prepared to put up with this sickening treatment of animals on their own doorstep;  but, not just the atrocities carried out in the name of unchallenged practices, but also the use of animals and animal products, and the cases of unprovoked, gratuitous cruelty seen daily in the street.  These champions of animal welfare are gallantly and stalwartly going forward protesting, campaigning, petitioning and raising funds and further awareness to create change.

The organisations and individuals involved deserve our full support and encouragement. In countries so fraught with animal abuse, they have come forward and called for an end to it all;  a positive indicator of a changing culture.

Su Jing Nan with a rescued catNothing can be done to eradicate the past, but, if the organisations themselves continue to flourish at the current rate within their own communities, there is some glimmer of hope for Asia’s animals, both wild and domestic.

Hope for the bears whose bile is extracted so brutally, hope for the dogs and cats skinned and boiled alive, hope for the tiger hunted for its meat and bones, and hope for the orangutan and all the other disenfranchised animals of Asia who are so violently and mercilessly used and abused.

Change is never instant, sometimes it can take decades, more especially when iniquitous and measured depravity are embedded in the souls of the perpetrators.  But, thanks to those who cared deeply enough to take a stance, the future is starting to look a little brighter for our furry friends.

Here are just a few of the links to Asia’s own inspiring people and organisations.
Chinese Companion Animal Protection Network
Korea Animal Rights Advocates
Bo Ai Animal Protection Centre in Guangyuan
A Dog’s Best Friend
Fight for Animal Cruelty Laws in China
Chongqing Small Animal Protection Association

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14 thoughts on “Asian Animal Rights Groups Gain Momentum

  1. A ray of hope, indeed! A long, uphill battle for these folks, but it is so encouraging to know they are there.

    • Indeed, Camilla. I have nothing but admiration for them. Once sinking in a sea of abuse, they have risen to the surface and stood up for the animals. I have no doubt they have a very hard time trying to reach their goals. But, they are there – and they are trying. Wonderful stuff! 🙂

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  3. Heartbreaking and harrowing is the fate of so many defenceless creatures in Asia. It is comforting to know that there is a trend towards a more compassionate world. The links provided speak for themselves in terms and asociations we would never fathom decades ago. The rescues featured show the plight of these abused beings and my hope is that each found a loving home. It is so important to support animal welfare in all ways we can. As you say: “… the better educated and the economically empowered …” paralells our conversations on poverty and ignorance.

    I travelled extensively in the Far East and cried much before the incommesurable suffering of the strays and the enslaved. Those tender eyes yearning for freedom or for a kind caress broke my heart. There was a baby elephant in a crowded marketplace in Bangkok, chained for a picture. I stopped and hugged this baby, wanted to buy her freedom.

    Very well-written, Amelia, a ray of hope in a sea of sorrow. Thank you.

    • I have always believed in credit where it is due, Carmen, and I wanted to draw some attention to the good people who care – indeed, as you say, a ray of hope. I am so glad things are changing, even though there is such a long way to go. You are very well-travelled and clearly have had a very interesting life, my friend, and I can only imagine the heartache you must have witnessed first hand. Had I been standing beside when you saw the baby elephant, and had you been able to buy her freedom, I would have shared the cost with you. I wonder what happened to her.

      • What a beautiful thought and wish, my dear friend. For being Thailand, for the care I had seen in other places, my hope was that the baby enjoyed a better life when she left the streets. An unfeasible task to buy her freedom in my position, then. But I yearned so much. So, I bought the fruit that the human was also selling, did not take a picture as I found it denigrating and cried my way away from her. Over the years, I never forgot this baby I could feel, hug and caress.

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