rescued approximately 200 dogs in the Sichuanese city of Pengzhou (彭州市),
who were in the process of being transported for sale and consumption in
Guangdong province. Tang Qiong, who was in charge of the dog trafficking,
was ordered by volunteers to stop loading his truck, and to release all the
dogs from their cages inside his kennel.
Chaos ensued, with several
dogs escaping and local residents fearing for their safety from the pups,
some of whom were pets that had gone missing from their owners.
protested that he had the proper licenses and quarantine certificates for
his trade, and that the dogs that were already dead in his custody were
going to be used to "feed chickens".
Upon further grilling, Tang was found to
have been lacking the credentials he boasted of having, with the dogs then
removed from the premises to be quarantined and vaccinated.
dramatic dog rescue by volunteers is becoming quite the phenomenon in China,
with similar scenes taking place in the Sichuan city of Zigong in
October, when 800 dogs in the custody of another trader named Tang were
rescued, as well as an incident that saw
520 dogs rescued on the Beijing-Harbin highway in April.
Though we for one think that you really can't think of any species that
fetch you alcohol and cigarettes as being on the level of other animals,
there are going to be plenty of groups in China who would oppose an outright
ban on the eating of dogs. [The] philosophy boils down to this: The value of an animal depends on
how you treat it. If you befriend it, it's a friend. If you raise it for
food, it's food. This relativism is more dangerous than the absolutism of
vegetarians or even of thoughtful carnivores.
Unlike the issue of shark finning, which has
seen conservationists celebrating due to the
recent wave of bans against the selling of shark fin, the killing of
dogs doesn't threaten any fragile ecosystems, so a foolproof argument for
ending the practice of dog-eating can't rely on pressing environmental
Slate found the argument against dog-eating in a country like South
Korea, where dog meat has been consumed by
to 30 percent of the population, too weak to objectively hold up:
You can abstain from
meat because you believe that the mental capacity of animals is too close to
that of humans. You can eat meat because you believe that it isn't. Either
way, you're using a fixed standard. But if you refuse to eat only the meat
of "companion" animals�chewing bacon, for example, while telling Koreans
that they can't stew Dalmatians�you're saying that the morality of killing
depends on habit or even whim.
Is the problem of dog-eating really so
insurmountable? We suggest playing a year's worth of dog-oriented family
films on CCTV's movie channel, including
, the Beethoven
and the Air Bud
. China's toddler and pre-teen contingent would be brainwashed
enough by heartwarming capers featuring
talking/fun-loving/basketball-playing dogs to throw a royal fit when they
hear people actually enjoy munching on the likes of the