What is the Problem?
There are unlimited causes to China's reputation for poor treatment towards animals, some major examples include; dogs being stuffed into cages in preparation to be killed and eaten at the Yulin dog meat festival, live rabbits having their fur torn off, cats skinned and cooked alive, animals trapped in malls, zoos, and aquariums for the entertainment of the public, and live fish and reptiles forces into plastic bags and sold as key rings. China is also known as the biggest driver of animal poaching in the world.
Who is Enforcing Animal Rights in China?
- The FAA is an animal welfare group which is found on the mainland of China.
- Very different from the FAA, Animals Asia found in Hong Kong, run by Jill Robinson has a very different scene.
- Enraged citizens are protesting in front of circuses and zoos by wearing fake fur, chains and masks and chanting "I am a monkey, chained, starved and beaten to learn to perform unnatural tricks. If you love me, don't see my performance."
- Men, women and children are involved in these protests.
What Progress Has Been Made?
- Over 100 animal welfare organizations have been created across China.
- In 2014, China revoked a law commanding all cosmetics to have animal testing.
- In December, 2016, the ivory trade was revoked.
- In 2011, there was a ban on animal performances in the country's 700 zoos.
- Although, the school curriculum in China does not require animal welfare, many teachers have chosen to involve conservation education into their curriculums.
Connections To Confucianism and Daoism
I believe that the general connection to my topic is to Taoism. Because in Taoism nature is worshipped, people who follow the religion choose not to harm other beings. While this relates to Taoism, it has no relation to wu wei because the citizens of China are trying hard to force animal rights onto the country by protesting and creating new organizations.
This issue relates to rén because it is the kind and human hearted thing to do to save the rights of wildlife in China.
Additional Questions and Importance
- What was the situation before these new improvements?
- Are animals kept as pets in China?
- Does the majority of the population in China support these new movements?
- Are businesses hurting because of some of the recent laws such as the cosmetics law and the end of the ivory trade?
- This is important because China has fallen victim to being targeted for their frequent animal mistreatment. It is important for China to improve their conditions and end abuse against animals.