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“Where’s China’s Animal Protection Law?” – Crowd Gathers to Beat Up Chengdu Dog Abuser

Since the law couldn’t help them, they took matters into their own hands.

Manya Koetse

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A group of animal welfare activists in Chengdu recently took the law into their own hands when they publicly beat up a man who abused his dog. The incident has triggered online discussions on the legal aspect of the matter. Voices calling for a Chinese animal protection law are growing louder.

It is the news that has been buzzing around Chinese social media for the past days. On August 20, a group of animal protection volunteers hunted down a man who had posted a video of him abusing his dog. They then publicly shamed him and beat him up.

According the Chengdu Business Newspaper, the 30-year-old man was accused of sexually assaulting his female dog, videotaping it, and disseminating the footage for personal gain on social network QQ.

China’s CRI reports that animal protection volunteers had initially tried to turn the man over to police, but failed as there is no specialized law for the protection of pets in China.

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The incident was caught on camera, with a video showing how at least seven people drag the man out of his home without any clothes on. It also shows how they kick him while keeping him on the ground. Other people stand by carrying banners with anti-animal abuse slogans.

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Other pictures show how the dog lovers took the dog out of the home.

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The topic led to heated debates on Chinese social media about who was at fault in this matter, asking whether or not the man’s actions were illegal, and if the animal activist’s actions were ethically and morally correct.

 

“Already, Chinese society is divided into two camps – animal lovers and their opponents. Their conflict could develop into social unrest if the government continues to tolerate animal cruelty – Peter Li.”

 

Many Weibo netizens support the animal welfare activists, saying they have no sympathy for the man: “His actions are inhumane. He needs to be imprisoned, where he deserves to ‘drop the soap’. Let the bastard rot away.”

Some netizens say they do not condone violence, but address the difficult legal aspect, saying that when it comes to the law “these kinds of people often get away”.

China has no laws preventing animal abuse. But recently, the voices calling for legal protection of animals in China have gotten louder. Earlier this month, author Peter Li wrote in the South China Morning Post:

“Already, Chinese society is divided into two camps – animal lovers and their opponents. Their conflict could develop into social unrest if the government continues to tolerate animal cruelty.”

It is noteworthy that Chinese state media have been paying more attention to animal abuse cases, reporting on the different animal abuse issues that sparked outrage amongst Chinese netizens.

 

“A draft for an anti-animal abuse law was proposed by scholars in 2009, but it hasn’t been scheduled on the legislative agenda yet.”

 

Over the past months, multiple incidents involving animal abuse have shocked Chinese netizens. Netizens were also enraged this week over a video of a man cutting open a living dog. The case of a man dragging his dog behind car also sparked national outrage this summer, just as the incident of the woman killed by a tiger at Badaling Wildlife Park attracted netizens’ attention to the zoo’s animal care malpractices and negligence.

The recurring discussions on the annual Yulin dog meat festival also seem to get more heated every year, with people calling out against the animal cruelty that is ubiquitous during the festival.

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Currently, China does have wildlife protection laws, but they do not apply to pets or animals used in laboratory testing. Zhang Xiaohai of Beijing Loving Animals Foundation recently told Sixth Tone: “A draft for an anti-animal abuse law was proposed by scholars in 2009, but it hasn’t been scheduled on the legislative agenda yet.”

 

“China needs to establish anti-animal abuse laws as soon as possible to avoid not only the abuse of animals, but also this sort of abuse of people.”

 

“Our laws are not perfect, but beating someone up is not correct,” one netizen responded to the Chengdu case.

“Who gave them the right to punish him?”, another Weibo user wondered.

Local police (@龙泉警方) went online to inform netizens that both the 30-year-old man and two activists (a 33-year-old male and a 28-year-old woman) have been detained for now. Although animal cruelty is not punishable by law, spreading obscenity is.

“Of course it is not right to beat people,” one female netizen named Silly writes: “but I strongly believe we have to launch the animal protection law. Anyone who has raised and lost a cat knows that it feels like losing a loved one.”

“China needs to establish anti-animal abuse laws as soon as possible to avoid not only the abuse of animals, but also this sort of abuse of people. Assaulting animals and people is both not right, and should not happen,” one netizen pleads.

– By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the founder and editor-in-chief of whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer, public speaker, and researcher (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends, digital developments, and new media in an ever-changing China, with a focus on Chinese society, pop culture, and gender issues. She shares her love for hotpot on hotpotambassador.com. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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    Robert

    October 6, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    Good that’s the news I want to hear. Find these animal abusers and beat them till they are fucking dead. More power to you guys who found 5his fucking coward. Proud of you all

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      Debra D Grossman

      February 14, 2019 at 1:58 am

      China must create laws against animal cruelty. China is about the only nation on earth that allows dogs and cats to beaten to death, boiled, skinned alive and horrifically treated in the most unspeakable ways. Good people in China will not tolerate this. The world is watching and hoping that China will do what is right.

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    Debra Grossman

    February 14, 2019 at 1:56 am

    Please do all you can to establish laws against animal cruelty. There is not one day that goes by that I am not horrified by the highest level of animal cruelty taking place in China against animals, especially dogs and cats. The world is watching and the world is disgusted and hates what is happening to the animals. Only laws against these hideous acts will stop the violence against animals and humans.

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    vivek

    February 22, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Good job guys.

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      Melody santia

      May 2, 2019 at 6:49 pm

      U all are heros against animal
      Cruelty.animals are God’s gifts
      For human companion..we live
      In this Universe together
      Nature is what giving us life
      Animals are nature we have no
      Right to destroy it.. all animal
      Want love same as humans. We must
      Protect animal from criminals
      Criminals we hurt humans as well
      Criminality starts with animals
      The sick minded cruel act. We must
      Fight for a better world SAY No to
      Animal abuse

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Outrage over Chinese Food Blogger Torturing Cat in Online Video

Chinese food vlogger Xu Zhihui (徐志辉) was part of a cat abuse chat group on QQ.

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A shocking and extremely cruel video in which a Chinese wanghong (online influencer) tortures a stolen cat has sparked outrage on Chinese social media.

The person involved is the Anhui-based food blogger/vlogger Xu Zhihui (徐志辉), who runs multiple accounts, including a Bilibili account with more than 400,000 followers and a Weibo account with over 20,000 fans (@杰克辣条). Xu is mostly known for posting videos of himself cooking and eating food.

The cat abuse incident happened on April 15 in Funan County’s Lucheng, Anhui Province, where the 29-year-old Xu filmed his horrific acts, including tying up the cat, binding it to a tree, cutting its paws, and burning it alive. He then uploaded the video and shared it to a QQ group dedicated to cat abuse. It later circulated around social media, triggering outrage.

According to screenshots that leaked online and the very fact Xu was part of a cruel ‘cat abuse chat group,’ this probably was not the first time for him to torture animals.

According to a police statement, authorities received reports about the stolen cat and the abuse video on April 26th, after which they immediately launched an investigation.

On April 27th, Xu posted an apology on his Weibo channel, in which he said he felt ashamed and sorry for what he did and that he was willing to bear “all the consequences” of his actions. He also wrote that he was being criticized and held accountable by both the public security bureau and Internet authorities. “Please give me another chance,” he wrote. The comments on the post were switched off.

A noteworthy part of Xu’s online apology is that it has a dedicated Weibo hashtag page including a ‘topic summary’ in which Xu apologized. The hashtag page was hosted by Toutiao News. The mix of the personal message by Xu on a hashtag page hosted by Chinese media seems to indicate that these parties worked together in spreading Xu’s words about how remorseful he allegedly is (#偷猫拍虐猫视频网红道歉#).

The comment sections suggest that most people will not forgive Xu for what he did. Many people say the story makes them feel sick to their stomach, and that the idea of ‘cat abuse’ chat groups makes their skin crawl.

“People like this do not change,” one person wrote. “Give you another chance?! Did you give that kitty a chance?!”

“Today he abuses a cat, tomorrow he kills a person. Straight to hell with him,” others wrote: “Go die!”

Xu’s actions are regarded as “negatively impacting society” and he currently is detained in Funan in accordance with the Public Security Administrative Punishments Law. His Bilibili account currently also displays a message that it is getting banned.

Although there are various laws in China regarding wildlife and the protection of animals, there currently is no national law that is explicitly against animal cruelty for all animals. Some legal bloggers explored under which laws Xu could be punished for his actions other than the abuse itself, such as stealing a cat and also uploading such a video to the internet (#虐待无主流浪猫狗或不被处罚#, #公共场合虐待动物并传播视频或犯罪#).

In recent years, voices calling for better laws on animal abuse in China have grown louder. In 2020, after a horrific story of a Chinese security guard pouring scalding water over a cat went viral, Chinese media outlet CCTV called out for a rapid legislation against animal abuse. That same video was shared in light of this incident again.

In 2021, home security cameras captured how anti-epidemic workers beat a pet dog to death in Shangrao. This also caused an online storm over animal abuse during ‘zero Covid.’

“I strongly call for legislation, [we must] defend the bottom line of morality,” some commenters now write: “We will never forgive this.”

By Manya Koetse

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Meanwhile in Panda News: Panda Talk during Macron’s China Visit, Yaya Set to Return to China in Late April

Panda updates! From Yaya in Memphis to Qiqi in Shanghai, these are the pandas that went trending this month.

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Panda news flash! After French President Macron’s China state visit, news of France hoping to lengthen the stay of panda celebrities Huan Huan and Yuan Zi in Beauval went trending on Weibo, along with the news that Memhpis-based Yaya is not coming home to China this week.

It is time for another update on what’s been going on in panda news recently for this second What’s on Weibo ‘meanwhile in panda news’ column to give you more insights into all the trending panda topics, including the controversies and politics surrounding them.

What’s been trending recently? There has been a lot of panda-related news. The following topics have been trending recently.

 

◼︎ PANDA TALK DURING MACRON’S CHINA VISIT

Hashtags: #马克龙想续租大熊猫#, #法国博瓦勒动物园想续租大熊猫#

 

In 1973, Chinese giant pandas Yen Yen and Li Li arrived at Zoo de Vincennes in Paris. The two pandas were gifted to French President Georges Pompidou by Zhou Enlai as part of China’s famous panda diplomacy. (Funny fact: the pair were originally thought to be male and female but were later discovered to be two males.)

Now, exactly fifty years later, President Emmanuel Macron is in China with his delegation. Apart from all the major issues such as EU-China relations and the war in Ukraine, ‘panda politics’ are also on the agenda.

Macron arrived in Beijing on April 5 as part of his state visit to China. Among the delegates and business leaders joining Macron, there is also Rodolphe Delord. Delord is the director of the ZooParc de Beauval, a French zoological park that is one of the largest in Europe.

The pandas Huan Huan (欢欢) and Yuan Zi (圆仔) are currently residing in the park. They arrived in France in 2012 as part of a decade-long research & conservation cooperation project between the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and ZooParc de Beauval. Their arrival was also seen as a warming of China-France relations.

In 2017, they had a baby cub named Yuan Meng. In 2021, Huan Huan again gave birth to twin cubs Huan Lili and Yuan Dudu.

The park previously indicated it would like to lengthen the duration of their agreement so that Yuan Zi and Huan Huan can stay in France for the time to come. They are also called “the stars of Beauval.”

During Macron’s visit, the hashtags “Macron Wants to Renew Giang Panda Lease” (#马克龙想续租大熊猫#) and “French Beauval Zoo Wants to Renew the Giant Panda Lease” went trending (#法国博瓦勒动物园想续租大熊猫#).

The French President apparently has an affinity with pandas. As part of his 40th birthday celebrations, Macron met the baby panda Yuan Meng back in 2017. Macron’s wife Brigitte became the cub’s ‘godmother.’ It has not been reported yet at this point if there already is an agreement about the extended lease.

 

◼︎ YAYA TO COME HOME IN LATE APRIL

Hashtags: #孟菲斯提醒未经许可直播丫丫违规#, #丫丫#, #孟菲斯动物园将为丫丫举办告别派对#, #丫丫正式移交中方#

 

Panda Yaya (丫丫), who has been living in America’s Memphis Zoo for two decades, has been a big topic on Chinese social media platforms this year because netizens have been very concerned about her skinny and seemingly unhealthy appearance and how she is being treated in the U.S. (the heightening political tensions between the US and China have not exactly eased these concerns).

According to the American care team, Yaya has been suffering from a chronic skin and fur condition which is related to her immune system and hormonal fluctuations. They claim the condition does not affect her quality of life and that they are closely monitoring Yaya.

Yaya was previously scheduled to return to China in early April of 2023. Yaya’s Memphis Zoo stay was part of a long joint conservation and research project between the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens and the U.S. with an agreement duration of ten years, which was extended by ten more years in 2013.

On April 7, the day that Yaya was allegedly scheduled to leave Memphis, it was reported that Memphis Zoo was organizing a ‘goodbye’ event, giving visitors the time to bid farewell to Yaya before she starts her journey to China at the end of April 2023. A related topic received over 170 million clicks on Weibo on Friday (#孟菲斯动物园将为丫丫举办告别派对#).

On Saturday, Yaya got snacks and even a special cake during the goodbye event, which also included Chinese cultural performances.

Although visitors have been livestreaming Yaya at the Memphis Zoo, Chinese state media reported earlier in April that the zoo reminded visitors not to record livestreams of Yaya as it goes against their policies.

This also became a hot topic on Chinese social media: “[Yaya] needs to be livestreamed, all the way until she returned to China,” some said, with others writing: “It’s not hard to understand why they don’t want Yaya to be livestreamed.”

Some netizens and panda fans are disappointed that they will still have to wait for the female panda to return to China. “Why won’t she come to China before late April? Why why why!?”

Although Yaya fans in China will still need to wait for the panda to return, she has officially been handed over to China and a joint team of American and Chinese carers will prepare her for the big trip home (#丫丫正式移交中方#).

 

◼︎ WAITING FOR PANDA QIQI’S RETURN FROM HOSPITAL

Hashtags: #七七确诊肠梗阻将进行手术#, #熊猫七七#

 

While many people are waiting for Yaya’s return, they are also worried about another panda that is Shanghai-based. As one of the most famous pandas living in the Shanghai Wild Animal Park, Qiqi attracted attention on Chinese social media in February of 2023 because of her health problems.

The 4-year-old female panda had a CT scan that showed there was an intestinal blockage, and the panda was rushed to the hospital for surgery.

Funny detail – Dr Wang arrived at work that day and saw Mr. ‘Panda’ on the patient list, he thought it was a patient named ‘Panda’ (Xiong Mao) until he discovered it was an actual panda getting a CT scan. “We’re a regular hospital,” he said: “Our patients are usually all humans.”

Although intestinal blockage is not common, Qiqi’s older brother Ya’ao (雅奥), who also lived at the park, died of the same condition in March of 2022.

After the surgery, Qiqi received further treatment. According to the latest news at this time, Qiqi has stabilized and is no longer in life danger.

Many Qiqi fans and panda lovers are now waiting for new pictures showing a Qiqi who has, hopefully, fully recovered. “Why haven’t we received more updates?” some wonder.

Read more panda news here.

By Manya Koetse 

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