The whole meat issue is trivialized when it becomes about which animals are appropriate for eating and which are taboo. The legitimate way to focus campaigns against the dog and cat meat trades in Asia and elsewhere is to point out the additional cruelty involved in handling and killing those species.
With media coverage of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival growing, more and more animal lovers are travelling to Yulin with the intent of saving animals. Unfortunately, by buying dogs at inflated prices, they only end up supporting the same dog black market they are trying to end.
Kaziranga National Park in India, famous for its large population of rhinoceroses, saw the poaching of yet another rhino this week. Poachers have killed nine Indian Rhinos this year, raising concerns over negligence from the concerned authorities.
Nilgai, or blue bulls, are traditionally considered sacred creatures in Hindu culture. Despite this, hundreds of nilgai are now being killed in India alongside other wild animals, as authorized by the country’s Environment Ministry under Prakash Javadekar.
Asia for Animals calls on the government of Guangxi, China to shut down the infamous Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which inflicts horrendous animal suffering, endangers public health and welfare, and reflects badly on Guangxi both within the country and abroad.
Traditional temple festivals in South India use elephants as part of their rituals. Thrissur Pooram, the biggest festival of all, used more than 60 elephants this year, of which 30 suffered clear animal welfare violations. There are various reasons to rethink the use of animals in such events.
Asia for Animals calls on the Mayor of Sapporo City to revoke permission to Maruyama Zoo to import four Asian elephants from their native Myanmar to Japan. There are grave concerns regarding the impact an international relocation could have on the elephants’ welfare.
In a world in turmoil caused by war, economic pressures and environmental problems, it is easy to forget that we are not the only species living and surviving on this planet. Karuna Society for Animals & Nature is a safe haven for animals in distress, providing first aid and shelter for street dogs, cats and other animals.
Confucius taught that a noble person should not abandon morality for the space of a single meal. From his time 2500 years ago until the present day, one question has loomed especially large over the Chinese dinner table: is it morally acceptable to kill animals for food?
Chinese culture does not sanction the cruelty of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. The rise of the dog meat industry was a result of the 20th century reform politics initially aimed at lifting peasants out of poverty. It is time that China parts with the policy that judges the merits of an economic activity solely by its productivity.
The fur industry has been condemned for the animal cruelty, environmental destruction and the dangers to human health it entails. As a result, Europe is gradually adopting a more fur free stance. Will China follow?
Towan was born in Woodland Park Zoo in 1968, and he remained there until he died. If you’ve visited the orangutans at the zoo in Seattle, you’ve likely seen him, and you’d probably remember him for his big, soulful, searching eyes, which were often aimed at the humans who trailed by his enclosure. I had the pleasure of seeing Towan spend many days doing two of the things he did best: creating art, and connecting with humans in a way that changed them forever.