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 longer 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.
Nothing 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