WHAT ARE “WE” GOING TO DO?
DR. ROBERTA LEE
So you love dogs you say? You have
devoted your life to raising prize winning champions? Or you are just getting
into raising dogs because of your love of a specific breed. Well let me
ask you some questions about that love of dogs you profess to have.
Do you just love your breed or specific dog/s?
Or do you really love DOGS? If
your answer is you really love all dogs for all they have given to us, then you
need to read this article. But
first I will ask you to go get your most favorite dog. As you read, look into
the eyes of this treasured friend and then say you can’t do anything
about what is happening at an alarming rate in the Far East.
While being groomed as a world wide lecturer I was told by my professor,
you will never move people to action by intellect, but with emotion.
I agree with that statement, however I have found that to get the
greatest movement going you need to back up the emotional plea with
intellectual, truthful information.
For those of you who only have a passing acquaintance with the St.
Bernard, they are the big loveable dog pictured with a cask of brandy under
their chin. Why? Because for
too many years to count these fearless, gentle beasts have rescued people lost
in snow country. The brandy is used
to raise the body’s temperature to save the person from freezing until guided
to safety by this trusted dog or until help arrives.
The St. Bernard is noted as being very resistant to disease, eating less
than most other breeds of such size, rapid growth; 60 Kg in the first six months
for a male, reproducing quickly, (on average nine to twelve pups per liter),
rarely if ever bite, and are wonderful with people of all ages.
These are the very qualities that are putting the St. Bernard on the
dinner table of the Chinese, Taiwanese, Malaysian, Korean and Philippino
families. That’s right, you read
correctly. They are raising the St.
Bernard, along with other breeds, to use as food and for fur products.
What do these countries have to say about this practice?
One comment is “St. Bernard dogs are the male parent and crossed with a
local dog to evolve a quick-fattening dog, the mature dog weighs 40-50 Kg, and
its meat is fresh, tender, tasty and delicious.” AND they say “Fine meat.
The meat-producing dogs of St Bernard cross, because of big and strong bodily
form and loins, its meat is tender, tasty, delicious and nourishing after
full-grown and slaughter, and has the effect such as nourishing Yin, tonifying
the kidney, improving human’s health, nourishment and physiological regulation
for human body.” (Direct quote.)
What is the excuse for this barbaric practice? Here are just a few.
“With the improvement of living standards, people’s diet is changing.
Dog meat is becoming a favorite. Due
to the increasing market demand, the dog breeding industry is expanding in
Beijing. Male Great Dane, St.
Bernard, Tibetan Mastiff are chosen to be IMPORTED by Beijing Hong
Ding Breeding & Development Co to hybridize with Mongolian dogs to create a
new generation of meat dogs - “Dog meat is fine, tasty and can warm the
body.” The Beijing HongDing
Breeding & Development Co. is slaughtering and marketing over 100,000 dogs
per year and is on a hiring increase for new workers.
And if you think this is being done without the Government of China’s
approval, think again. “Mainland China promotes import despite the Chinese
government’s constant declaration of its extraordinary achievements in
environmental and wildlife protection, some government agencies recently are
PROMOTING the import of St Bernard’s for food.
The Chinese experts say that for the breeding and killing for meat, the
St Bernard is the best choice, so they are imported from Switzerland, the Big
The marketing advertisements for dog meat state, “ the slaughter
facility in the city of Chanping is killing over 100,000 dogs per year and
offers such products a marinated dog meat and dog ribs.” The company is also
offering to set up laid off workers up in the same type of business. These are
good dogs because they never bite.
If you think that these dogs are put down easily think again.
Another quote, “A metal string is pulled around the dog’s neck and
tightened. Still alive, the
dog’s fur is burned off by a flame-thrower. Another method is to drown
the dog or the cat in boiling water and then while the animal is still
alive, pull the fur from it’s body.”
All of the cruel slaughtering methods have the single aim of increasing
the adrenaline flow to the tissues at the moment of death.
The belief behind this is that it will increase the sexual stimulation of
the human body.
If you have read any of the articles on our website, you will know that I
write about the injustices of man to dog. I
appeal to you with the insight acquired through sound research.
Please be moved to action. Help
stop the horrible treatment of our friend the dog.
Can you sit there looking at the picture of your “heart dog”, or
looking into the eyes of your beloved pet and not do something?
Here are some of the other practices of the Chinese Government.
“In Northern China every year over 2 million dogs and cats are brutally
slaughtered for their fur. These
furs are used for the production of fur coats or jackets.
Some of the garments are produced in Asia, but an abundance of furs are
shipped world wide.”
Don’t think that the dog is the only animal that is a favorite diet
delight. There is;
DONG TSAI” the preparation of which is as follows: The cat’s legs are
attached together, the animal is then shaved, then tail and legs are cut off.
THE CAT IS STILL ALIVE AND IS COVERED WITH OIL AND ROASTED IN FRONT OF THE
I honestly believe that in the year 2001 we as the reigning species,
homoerectus, should be more enlightened than to prey on animals used for
domestic pets around the world. I
am not one to try to force my values on others, however I do believe, “if you
are not part of the solution, you are most definitely part of the problem.”
Also, you can boycott any, ANY product made in the countries mentioned
above. Hitting in the pocket book
always speaks the loudest.
Now look at your loving dog and say, “We will see to it that your
cousins are not table fare in ANY country.”
thought for the day: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be
judged by the way its animals are treated.”