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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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Zhejiang Movie Theatre Displays Blacklisted Individuals in Avengers Movie Preview

A special ‘trailer’ before the Avengers movie premiere showed the audience blacklisted individuals.

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A local movie theatre in the city of Lishui, Zhejiang province, showed a noteworthy ‘trailer’ before the Avengers: End Game premiere on April 24.

Chinese state tabloid Global Times reports that the sold-out premiere had a ‘surprise’ moment just before the movie was about to start: a short Public Service Announcement by the Liandu district court of Lishui displayed people who are currently on a ‘debt dodging black list.’

The short film also informed the cinema audience of potential consequences of being on a blacklist, including no traveling abroad, and no traveling by air or on high-speed trains.

According to Global Times, the local district court has registered a total of 5478 people on its blacklist since 2018.

The names and faces of more than 300 people on this list have reportedly been displayed on cinema screens, public LED screens, and on buildings. Allegedly 80 of them have since complied with court orders.

As part of China’s emerging Social Credit system project, there are public court-issued lists of ‘trust-breaking enforcement subjects’ (信被执行人名单), referring to people or companies who have failed to comply with court orders.

Individuals on the judgment defaulter blacklist system run by the court system, whose information is publicized, can risk having their photos and names displayed on local LED screens on courthouses or other buildings (Dai 2018, 26).

Blacklisted individuals on a Wuxi building (via Phoenix News).

Beyond that, they will face restrictions in various ways, from being denied bank credit to being restricted from staying in high-end hotels or traveling by air.

On Weibo, the Global Times post on the noteworthy cinema preview received over 4000 shares. The same news was also reported by CCTV and Phoenix News.

Some commenters joke about the Public Service Announcement, saying: “Blacklisters [can now say]: Mum! I was on TV! On a big IMAX screen! Together with the Avengers!”

Others leave comments in support of the measure, calling it “creative,” and saying: “This is good, we should implement this all across the country.”

“Blacklisters should be displayed on all kinds of platforms.”

“This is for people to lose on their social credit,” another commenter writes: “If you don’t want to ‘socially die’ then just fulfill your duties.”

But not everyone agrees. “People are buying a movie ticket to see their film,” one person says: “They suddenly get exposed to this kind of content that has nothing to do with them, what about their rights as a consumer?”

By Manya Koetse

References

Dai, Xin, Toward a Reputation State: The Social Credit System Project of China (June 10, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3193577 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3193577 [5.3.19].

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Chinese Construction Worker Left Jobless after Exposing the Dangers of Flimsy Safety Helmets

No one seems willing to hire the day laborer after he exposed the substandard quality of workers’ helmets.

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A video of a Chinese construction worker showing the shocking difference in quality between the safety helmets of laborers versus those of their supervisors went viral on social media earlier this month. Chinese netizens praised the whistleblowers’ push for equal safety standards, but he is now left jobless and ignored.

On April 11, a Chinese day laborer by the name of Dou (窦) published a video on Kuaishou exposing the low-quality safety helmets for frontline construction workers.

In the video (embedded below), Dou shows two helmets. The yellow one, he claims, is the one worn by construction workers. The red one belongs to their supervisors. As he smashes the helmets together, Dou shows how the yellow one is immediately crushed, while the red one remains in perfect condition.

Dou’s message was simple and strong: the helmets worn by supervisors are of much higher quality than those of construction workers, exposing them to considerable dangers while working.

The video was viewed at least 100 million times and sparked major online discussions on the safety of Chinese construction workers before it was taken down from video platform Kuaishou on April 18.

At time of writing, the hashtag “The Contrast between the Safety Helmets of Workers and Supervisors” (#工人和领导安全帽对比#) has been viewed 250 million times on social media platform Weibo, where netizens have collectively expressed their sympathies for vulnerable laborers whose “safety first”, apparently, is not a priority at many construction sites.

The topic also made headlines in Chinese state media. State-owned broadcaster CCTV investigated the quality of Chinese safety helmets, and discovered that some available construction hats, priced as low as 4 RMB (0.59 U.S.$), did not meet safety standards.

A lawyer quoted by Global Times advocated that China’s relevant government departments should launch a campaign to crack down on “inferior helmets” and “clean up illegal products from the source.” The state-run newspaper also reported that workers wearing unsuitable helmets was “a norm in the construction industry,” according to an industry insider.

China’s Ministry of Emergency Management (中华人民共和国应急管理部) released a public statement on Weibo in response to the issue, reminding construction supervisors to abide by legal safety regulations.

But despite the overwhelming support for Dou, the day laborer is now left jobless and worried. In an interview with Chinese media outlet The Paper, Dou says that he can no longer find work since his video has gone viral: “I used to be able to find work every day,” he said: “Why can’t I find it now?”

In the interview, Dou suggests that his online fame over unequal safety helmet standards has made contractors afraid to hire him: “Even contractors that I used to work for are all declining my services.” The situation has left Dou, father to three children, in financial troubles that have forced him to return to his hometown.

When reporters asked Dou why his viral video and earlier videos exposing the flimsy quality of construction hats were taken offline, he reportedly answered: “I need to live.” Perhaps hoping to prevent further exclusion from the construction job market, Dou also claimed he had purchased the helmets in the video himself, and that his employer was not to blame.

 

In the first few years of our lives we learn how to speak, and then we spend the rest of our lives learning to stay quiet.”

 

News of Dou’s predicament has attracted the attention of netizens. Earlier this week, the hashtag “Flimsy Safety Helmet Man Responds” (#脆皮安全帽当事人回应#) received more than 180 million views on Weibo, with many commenters expressing their worries over Dou’s situation after addressing serious workplace safety issues.

One Weibo commenter wrote: “If this [unemployment] is the price you pay for speaking the truth, then who is willing to do so in the future?!” Another Weibo user wrote: “If you have nothing to hide, you’d have no problem hiring him.”

“In the first few years of our lives we learn how to speak, and then we spend the rest of our lives learning to stay quiet,” another commenter wrote.

Despite the public outcry against the injustice suffered by Dou, there are also those who point out that social media discussions can have an actual impact.

Some netizens referred to another incident that occurred last weekend when a video of a woman sitting on the hood of a brand-new Mercedes-Benz went viral.

The woman had just purchased the Mercedes, and as the car was still standing in the showroom, it was leaking oil. After the dealer told her that she had to pay for the repairs, she climbed on the hood of the vehicle and, in tears, refused to get down.

A video of her protest immediately went viral, and millions from all over the country expressed their support for the woman. In light of the public controversy, Mercedes launched an investigation and suspended the showroom for violating regulations.

On Weibo, many people take the Mercedes incident as an example of how justice can prevail as long as netizens unite. But whether the power of social media will also have a positive outcome for Dou is yet uncertain. “He probably won’t be able to find any work for the time to come,” some Weibo users predict.

UPDATE 25 APRIL: Shortly after publishing this article, the hashtag “Flimsy Safety Helmet Man Finds Work” (#脆皮安全帽当事人已找到工作#) has taken off on social media platform Weibo. Dou has received the help of a friend in finding work at a local construction site in Qingdao, the same city where he previously worked.

By Gabi Verberg, Manya Koetse

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