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“Where is the Law?” – Heartbreaking Video of Girl Holding Killed Dog Raises Questions

A heartbreaking video showing a weeping girl holding her killed dog has gone viral on Chinese social media, where netizens cry out for a rapid implementation of animal welfare legislation in China.

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A heartbreaking video showing a weeping girl holding her killed dog has gone viral on Chinese social media, where netizens cry out for a rapid implementation of animal welfare legislation in China.

One young girl from the city of Qujing in Yunnan was heartbroken in December of 2016 when her pet dog was killed by a neighborhood guard with an air gun.

In a video that went viral on Chinese media on January 4/5, the girl is seen holding the dead body of her pet, crying: “Wake up, wake up Kuai Kuai, wake up now.”

The dog reportedly died instantly when it was hit in the heart by a bullet of the air pistol that was in the possession of a neighborhood guard.

The incident was reported by Chinese media platform Pear Video (see video below), among other media.

This video shows the girl crying over her dead dog Kuai Kuai, asking him to wake up. The captions in the screen explain that the dog’s heart was penetrated by an air gun bullet, which is illegal, and that the guard responsible for this was detained for 6 days. It also shows footage of the dog 1 year ago when the girl saved him after a car accident and how he recuperated afterwards.

“Open your eyes, look at me,” the girl says: “It’s me, your sister.”

A year before this fatal incident, the dog had suffered a major car accident and was then saved by the girl and brought to an animal hospital to receive medical care. The Pear Video clip shows that the dog had fully recuperated from his accident- making his sudden death all the more painful for the girl and her mother.

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The neighborhood guard, whose name has now been exposed on Chinese social media, has reportedly been detained and released after a 6-day sentence for the illegal possession of a weapon. The air gun has been confiscated.

The video received over 23.000 comments and was shared 17.300 times within 24 hours, become a top trending topic on Chinese social media.

The alleged mother of the girl in the video, nicknamed Houmitao (@
猴迷桃16257) has come forward on Sina Weibo on January 5th in a short post, in which she talks about the dog Kuai Kuai:

“This incident has really hurt me and my young child,” she writes: “This is like a scar that will never heal.”

She also expresses her thanks for all the support and makes it clear that by now she has resolved the issue with the local guard and asks people to stop disturbing him and his family.

“I want to thank you all for condemning the person who killed the innocent Kuai Kuai. She will thank you from heaven, knowing that so many people care for her would make her very happy.”

Houmitao also calls for the official launch of a Chinese law to protect animals:

“I strongly urge the Chinese government to implement an Animal Protection Act as soon as possible. Are civilized countries so cruel to animals, killing cats and dogs? I strongly advocate the implementation of severe punishment for those involved in the black market of dog trading. These are monstrous crimes!”

China currently has no laws against animal cruelty. Although officials have been working on the introduction of an animal protection law in China since 2006, it has not been officially implemented.

Thousands of people on Weibo have commented on the killing of Kuai Kuai, some saying: “This is not just killing a dog, this is killing a little girl’s friend.” Others compare pet dogs to members of the family. “You will understand this if you own a dog yourself,” one person says.

The motives of the security guard for killing the dog are unknown. Some netizens who say they know him call him a renowned “neighbourhood bully.”

Many netizens are also upset over the fact that owning a weapon seemingly has no serious consequences.

“If an old lady sets up an illegal booth she is sentenced to three years, if a guard kills a dog he is sentenced to six days,” one Weibo user says: “I usually don’t speak about politics on Weibo – I am afraid to do in fear to be reprimanded for it. But I cannot constrain myself this time. How is it possible that there is more severe punishment for setting up a vendor stall than for owning a gun, even if it is a toy gun?”

“These kinds of people are like society’s tumors,” another commenter wrote: “Today they kill a dog. Tomorrow they might kill a human.”

– By Manya Koetse
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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, popular culture, and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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Sudden Ground Collapse at Metro Station in Xiamen

A sudden collapse occurred near Xiamen’s Lucuo station, just two weeks after a similar incident took place in Guangzhou.

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In the evening of December 12, Xiamen’s Lvcuo (Lǚcuò 吕厝) metro station became a breaking news topic in Chinese media after a ground collapse incident occurred at a nearby intersection, followed by a major flood in the Xiamen subway.

Xiamen, Fujian Province, is one of China’s major coastal cities. According to Xiamen Metro News, the collapse happened at 21:52 local time.

At time of writing, rescue teams are still investigating the scene. It is unclear if people have been trapped or injured due to the collapse.

An apparent dashcam video shared by Sina News and People’s Daily on Weibo shows the moment right before the sudden collapse.

The video captures how the road is relatively busy at the time of collapsing, and at least one car can be seen crashing into the sinkhole.

Other footage shows that the Xiamen metro line is currently flooded (also see video in this tweet).

The scene of the collapse at 0:10 local time.

The metro station where this incident occurred is relatively new. Xiamen’s metro line was first opened in late December 2017.

Just two weeks ago, another major ground collapse accident occurred at the construction site of a metro line in Guangzhou. Three people remain missing after the incident.

On Thursday night local time, the Xiamen metro collapse was the number one trending topic on social media platform Weibo. Many netizens commenting on the incident express worries about the safety of roads and construction sites in China.

Update (Dec 13): According to the latest Chinese media reports, the drivers of two cars who were at the scene at the moment of the ground collapse have both been recused. One female pedestrian who also fell into the sinkhole is receiving medical treatment..

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No Need for Plague Panic? China’s Trending Plague Outbreak

After the Year of the Pig brought swine flue, some fear the Year of the Rat will bring the ‘rat plague.’

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For the past nine days, during which three cases of the plague have been reported in China, the deadly bubonic plague has become a hot topic on Chinese social media.

The topic first made headlines on November 12, when Chinese state media announced that two people, a husband and wife from Inner Mongolia, were transported to Beijing’s Chaoyang Hospital for treatment after being diagnosed with the pneumonic plague.

The couple reportedly got sick after eating raw marmot kidney.

A 55-year old hunter from the same region, the Inner Mongolian Xilingol League, was later also diagnosed with bubonic plague after eating wild rabbit meat.

The bubonic plague, also called the ‘Black Death,’ is an infectious disease that is known to have caused one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, killing millions of people in 14th century Europe.

News of the three cases of bubonic plague reminded many of the 2003 SARS panic; an outbreak of SARS in southern China caused over 8000 cases that year.

The World Health Organisation criticized China at the time for covering up the scale of the problem, with officials conceding in the Spring of 2003 that China’s SARs problem was “nearly 10 times worse than had been admitted.”

Current online reports on the bubonic plague in China stress that there is no reason for panic, with a hospital spokesperson confirming that the situation is “under control.”

42 people who are known to have come into contact with the Chinese patients have all been quarantined and were not found to have any symptoms of catching the disease.

Chinese (state) media channels are spreading social media posts this week that mainly emphasize that the plague “can be prevented, controlled, and managed,” and that it can be effectively treated.

“Don’t panic over plague outbreak,” Sina News headlines, with People’s Daily posting on Weibo that, according to the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “there is no need to worry.”

The bubonic plague primarily affects rodents and other animals, with animals – and incidentally humans – usually contracting the infection through insects such as (rat) fleas. This form of plague is highly contagious – can spread through coughing – and could be fatal within days if left untreated (Benedict 1996, 4).

Mammals such as rabbits or marmots, as eaten by the recent Chinese patients, but also rats, squirrels, gerbils, mice, etc., can all harbor the disease.

Although the disease is increasingly rare, and for many is something from the history books, there were still 3248 cases worldwide between 2010 and 2015, leading to 584 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

Although Chinese media stress that there is no need to panic over the recent outbreak of the bubonic plague, many netizens still fear an epidemic, making comments such as: “The Year of the Pig brought the [African] swine fever, now the plague is starting just before the Year of the Rat!” (The word for ‘plague’ in Chinese is 鼠疫 shǔyì, literally meaning ‘rat plague’ or ‘mouse plague’).

Others are asking questions such as: “Do we risk the plague more if we have mice in the house?” and “How can we prevent getting it?”

Meanwhile, according to Jiemian News reports, the area in Inner Mongolia where the patients originally contracted the illness is currently under strict control by the Ministries of Health and Agriculture; some roads are closed off, and there’s temperature screening for those taking public transport.

The area has seen four cases of plague over the past decades, the most recent one before this month being in 2004.

Last news on the current three patients was from last Saturday, when it was reported that at least one of the patients is now in stable condition.

By Manya Koetse
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References

Benedict, Carol Ann. 1996. Bubonic Plague in Nineteenth Plague in Nineteenth Century China. Stanford University Press.

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