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Animal Cruelty and Abuse in China, Are These People Barbarians?

Eileen loves to travel as much as possible both at home in the U.K. and abroad with local places of interest high on her to visit list.


I was due in work late this morning. A quick blood test at the doctor's was booked for 8.45, which meant a late start and a lie in. The lie in vanished, as Leo one of my rescue dogs needed to pee at three in the morning and then again at six. With an enlarged heart and water tablets taken three times a day this often happens to him. Bless him though, he cannot help it.

So I was up around the usual time, with some time on my hands. You may be wondering where this is going but stay with me. An extra mug of tea and a proper watch of the morning's television news seemed a good bet. Perhaps it was not as the coverage from China left me feeling sick and upset.

*Reader's please be aware that the videos and words below are not pleasant. They are a fact of life for too many though and we need to be aware of that*

Read it and weep.


Not pleasant, BE WARNED

The Scenes of Brutality

I am well aware of China's terrible human rights record. I am also well aware that animal welfare in China is at time of writing a non-existent concept.

That may not be strictly true as I think some in roads have been made in recent years.

I created a hub sometime ago about China's animal Olympics and brutal killing of dogs and have read other people's work about animal treatment in China.

Today's news though shocked me to the core. I think it was the whole picture that was so shocking.

Scene One

Zoo keepers or trainers were walking behind a small bear cub as it crawled along on all fours. They beat its backside and back legs with sticks until it raised it back legs and walked just on its front ones. Each time its legs fell the poor animal was hit with the sticks.

Scene Two

Tourist buses full of Chinese parents and children were in a circle. In the middle were a handful of Tigers. A truck pulled up and of-loaded a large, live calf onto the ground. As the Tigers pounced and ripped the poor creature to death the buses slowly circled and you could see the laughing, happy faces of the people on board. They loved it.

Scene Three

Tigers in a cage with their trainers. The trainer puts his head close and then in the animal's mouth. Dangerous? Apparently not. The Tigers have had all their teeth and claws removed causing them a lifetime of pain.

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Scene Four

A small bear is dragged around on roller skates with its hands tied and mouth gagged. It is dressed nicely of course so as not to cause offense.

Of course there was more but I shall spare you the details. Check out the video and details at Sky News if you need further proof.

One of the most distressing aspects of these videos was the sheer enjoyment the spectators appeared to receive from the animal's suffering. Small children giggled excitedly, clapping their hands as live roosters were thrown to the tigers.

There have been reports of mass animal graves discovered in China, full of dead zoo animals that have died from malnutrition, from terrible living conditions such as bare concrete pitch black areas where the animal's are kept and from being terribly beaten on a regular basis.

I am not sure where this rant is going but I know that something must be done and done soon

When I last wrote about China's animal cruelty I was surprised by some of the responses left in the comments.

I was perhaps most surprised by those left by self proclaimed God fearing individuals.

It is alright making excuses but in the meantime these poor creatures continue to suffer and in the name of entertainment.

Many years ago we, for example the U.K., were no better.

One western culture actually went one better in some ways, I guess, and threw people to the lions.

I have no way of understanding that.

All I can say is that at the time people were barbarians and knew no better.

In the 21st Century we are civilized, aren’t we?

Many acts of cruelty meted out to people, children and animals make you wonder how civilized we actually are.

However, in the case of China. it has to be no they are not civilized.

Gratifying oneself by making an innocent, helpless creature suffer at your hands is far from civilized.

Shame on you China

© 2010 Ethel Smith


Anne marie Simpson on March 18, 2020:

Ever read Animal Farm by Orson Welles?

Maybe this is the animal cruelty getting its own back, who knows? but the disgusting treatment in China should be addressed and it isn't still snimals are being traded not in Wuhan but other parts, so what is going to stop the pandemic?

Yes USA needs China for Pharma so they will never do anything. I fear this pandemic will return and unless we get a serum many more people will die.

Helen Byrd on June 28, 2017:


Tanz on November 02, 2016:

If only more people would actually open their eyes and see what their doing. It's not going to be much longer before all species will be extinct. I wish people would understand that a change has to be made. And SOON.

Paul on January 24, 2015:

People who mistreat animals are utterly disgusting and are not worth the crust on my underwear. How could you do that to an animal. There's no excuse just messed up . Chinese are the wors

Stephanie on September 15, 2014:

I was introduced to this horrible topic a few days ago when a friend showed me a video of a fur farm. Ive read through all these comments but I feel like they haven't made any progress. There are sooo many people opposed to what china is doing but with no main outlet to stop it. Are there any rescue/rally groups that go to china to protest this? Dont the chinese have any religious beliefs about mistreating animals? Is there any way to help other than just writing letters and donating money? ?

Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on August 13, 2014:

I wrote created the hub some time ago. Animal welfare in China may have mproved but I am not holding my breath. It makes for grim reading but people need to know what goes on and try to make a difference. Thanks Saurabh

Saurabh on August 13, 2014:

I cant help but cry inside my heart after watching this vedeo about the status of animals in China. How can fellow human beings be so inhuman.

I am sure I'll not be able to eat for sometime. And Yes I am a vegeterian, but I am sure my non vegeterian friends will also feel the pain of this cruelty.

Please God, give these poor animals a better life in their next life.

evyse on December 25, 2013:

I recently returned to this topic after trying to not think about it for a long time.

I would like to know about political lobbys or charities that are helping to pressure China to introduce animal welfare laws.

Does anyone know of any?

chris on December 06, 2013:

I went to China recently and was absolutely appalled by the cruelty towards animals that I saw everywhere. It completely put me off the country and the people. Even some really kind, warm hearted people I met seemed totally oblivious to the cruelty. It's like they simply don't see animals as living things, just a source of food, annoyance or entertainment depending on the circumstances. And the situation is actually getting worse not better. As people are getting a better standard of living they are eating more meat. Literally millions of pigs are slaughtered each day having had a short and pain filled existence up to that point.

ranjan on September 23, 2013:

I think chinese are like taliban. One is cruel to mankind and another is cruel to animals.They are like two part of a same coin.

sylvia on May 30, 2013:

I am chinese and I can't stand my own people. Many have declared that China has been targetted. I don't think so. Any act of animal cruelty and you will find the common denominator to always arise...china. I appreciate and am grateful for the chinese in China that are changing the laws. I only hope and pray for a swift death to the pathetic generation that still believe in animal witches brew for their delusional belief of healing powers. I hope the next generation is kinder and educated. I pray everyday that these animals who endure such suffering simply die a quick death. I am So sorry.

Kathy on March 07, 2013:

The atrocities that man has committed against his fellow man and the creatures that inhabit this plant is a long committed sin. Judgement day comes to us all. PETA is no better than the ones the accuse, look up the reported animals they have exterminated in Norfolk VA.

Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on March 07, 2013:

Well we can keep publicising the cruelty and as you say boycott certain goods.

Christine on March 07, 2013:

This was really my first time I watched the videos I am shocked I really do not care what their excuses are, for doing what they are doing but let me tell you one thing I really need to pray that God help me not to hate this people because at this moment this is how I feel.I really want to be part of help this animal tell me how can I be part of this please we cannot close our eyes . First thing I will stop supporting any the chinees people by buying from them if they innocent or not and I will never vistit their country at all.My comment do not help if i cannot lend a hand .

Kats4cats on March 01, 2013:

This world that we live in and all that inhabit, are doomed by the hand of the "human race". The atrocities humans commit against their fellow man and all creatures have been a long committed sin. Our time will all come and may GOD have mercy on us.

David Bent on February 02, 2013:

I remember watching a snake show in Thailand. They kept throwing the snakes around the stadium and beating them with iron bars.

Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on December 31, 2012:

Agreed to the last part. However various footage from China which shows such careless disregard for animal and human life leaves me feeling that yes they are barbaric. In time le's hope they will see the light

Stanley Soman from New York on December 29, 2012:

"These people" the chinese are not barbarians. Far from it, they have a different perspective on animals. Hence dog meat and other varieties that are shocking and appalling to others, their attitude is defined by the culture which encourages experimentation and differentiation of species based on the sole fact, they are not human beings. I am not in any way implying all chinese are "emotionaless creatures" but that when you go there it's a whole different world.

Walmarts, and shopping centers are not the norm, China is modernizing but its a generation that lived through tough times, poverty, starvation and survived through farming, raising chickens, and farmland produce. Except for the major cities, most of china is underdeveloped.

Kristine on December 28, 2012:

I have such a hard with China and other countries that are so cruel to animals... Sometimes I feel so helpless, wanting to help and save these precious animals and yet feel I am only ONE what can I do??? Lord, Please help me see clearly a solution to this horrible barbaric treatment. Please help not have hatred and anger towards these people but a way to make them see their horrible ways. How can I stop this problem.Please Lord show me the way.Amen

By Lori from USA on November 29, 2012:

Yes there is something wrong with China - unfortunately our has big connections with them. USA imports fur from them, and clothing companies like Bebe {currently} use the rabbit and other fur from "fur farms" and you can imagine how they operate those places.....if even more people got behind organizations like "PETA" { People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals" }and participated in the letter writing campaigns and petitions and so on, things might change - but with China the insanity is so deeply imbedded yes it's like "Hell". It's good that you helped expose China for what it is - although it's deeply upsetting - you helped spread the word.

bagsgroove on June 27, 2012:

How a country treats its animals,they will treat the people. God help us if the Chinese become our masters !

Jordan on April 05, 2012:

I am a 16 year old American girl living in Beijing China. The animal cruelty is so bad here. Just two days ago my friends and I went into a pet store and my friend wanted one of the dogs. But the dog had been there for about 5 months, and no one wanted it so they killed it.

peter ennis on February 24, 2012:

my friend owns a large piece of woodland and water in rural canada. she keeps swans. chinese people drove several hours from the city to hunt them. they were arrested. tru story.

Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on January 17, 2012:

Well said jamee.

jameezdarmo on January 16, 2012:

i have only recently been made aware of the horrific actions of cruelty towards animals in china and other countries. There is absolutely no excuse, no reason great enough to live amongst any animal and bring them a world of hell, pure evil and torture. there lives are taken from humans and so to live this not enough? they deserve to be treated humanely, where is the compassion!!

they beleive "more the animal suffers the more pleasure for the consumer" do they have no emotions? sadistic!

they can't use the excuse of "its their culture" it is not the middleages, the age of human torture is no more... we are animals also!

for me this is the main topic the world leaders should focus on, without changing peoples action towards treating animals how can they learn to treat each other better to help make the world a better one.

Deepthika on December 03, 2011:

I hope Chinese people would have at least a little bit of kindness in their hearts

Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on July 28, 2011:

Yes me too. THanks for coming back :) I have one rescue dog currently, previously a foster who just stuck around :)

Hopefeully we can all make a diference, however small. Good luck and thanks for caring

Deborah Allard on July 28, 2011:

Hello Ethel,

sorry I had that backwards I meant post a link to your hub page,I shared it via face-book above I had not seen it. I have no sight to promote just one person here in Ca. helping animals on the streets in LA,mostly dogs who have been thrown away and shelter dogs who only get a few days before they are PTS, it is sad to know little has changed but you never know what one person can do to make a difference in the world, I wanted to help somehow help after looking at horrible videos of puppy mills here in the USA, without money to donate I wasn't sure what I could do until I saw an add to foster dogs for rescues so I started helping that way. that lead into other ways of helping animals as well. who knows what your blog or Hub will do someone may read it and say I'm going to make a difference for these poor animals and be able to do just that,there are many trying to stop wide spread abuse I need to believe it will make a difference.

Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on July 27, 2011:

This hub is still active as sadly little has changed. If you want to post a genuine, non spam link, in the comments i will not deny it. Thanks for stopping by

D Allard on July 26, 2011:

To Ethel Smith- are you still on this hub? I don't see any recent posting, 5 months ago is the latest. I just recently found out about the "bear Farms" I was so shocked, the first thing that got me involved with saving animals was the video that peta put out of the raccoon dogs being skinned alive in a Chinese flea market, I was so upset I got up from my computer and paced back and forth not knowing how to process what I just saw, I wanted to throw up, the men with their cig's hanging out of their mouth just chatting away skinning the dogs smashing them to the ground to stun them... I couldn't believe my eyes. fast forward 2 years the next thing I see is the bear bile farming, china again, and the anal electrocution of the animals for their fur. these animals are all alive feeling everything how much more cruel does it get that these things? it was very hard to look at, very very hard and I do not want to see it again but I don't want to forget it either. I want to help in as many ways as I can. I happened upon your "Hub" yesterday and wondered if your still active? D. Allard I signed one of the petitions and wanted to post a link but do not see a way to do so? thxs

heyhey1717 on February 07, 2011:

i am nearly crying at the bear video if only more people would watch it and want to help :(

heyhey1717 on February 07, 2011:

i have no idea how people can clap their hands at such an awful things it would be completely different if it was a child being beaten but when its an animal people think it is alright and i dont see the differnce between a child and animals being beaten but the animals cant do anything about it

Jane on February 02, 2011:

People we must start petitions ,and write to our governments to boycot any countries who abuse animals .

It is important to speak for animals ,and stand up for them ;as they cannot defend themselves !

They are like children ; they need our help !!!!!!!!!

Xydan on January 25, 2011:

Hmmm.... Just one something I want to point out. It's not only China that has a bad record, but the whole world. I don't like animal cruelty at all, but before you start harping about China, maybe you should look closer at home. North America/Europe was never very kind either, to both animals and humans. So I'd be grateful if the words China and cruelty aren't linked so closely. Thanks!

Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 03, 2010:

DW we have to work towards changes, somehow.

Dracula's Wolfy from Nibiru on September 02, 2010:

The very first time I heard about all the animal cruelty in China was about three years ago. One of my close friends over the internet told me he was absolutely heartbroken as he'd just watched a I asked him to send me the video as I was curious. However, I wasn't prepared for what I sat and watched. A group of chinese men were skinning dogs and cats (Still alive) and I couldn't contain the tears or the urge to throw up.

It's becoming a huge problem but the laws in China allow it. Why it's allowed I'll never know because I find it so disgusting. The people who treat animals in that way don't deserve to be a part of humanity. No they may not have been taught what's right and wrong when it comes to these creatures....but free will plays a huge part in it as well. If you have that, you can stop and think for yourself about what you're doing.

This is a very informative hub, thank you for sharing it!

Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on August 24, 2010:

Thanks Habee. There is just too much animal cruelty around the world currently. It is unbelievable that some people make excuses for this behaviour.

Holle Abee from Georgia on August 24, 2010:

Ethel, I agree - this is not racist. It's a fact. I'm sure ALL Chinese citizens are not cruel to animals, but let's face it - China has a terrible record of abusing people AND animals!

gayle on August 21, 2010:

This is horrific- I am just now realizing the reality of it all. I have seen the videos of the "bear bile " farms in china, and I can not sleep at night because of it. This is pure evil/

Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on August 21, 2010:

Older writers- The title is aimed at all those who find such animal treatment acceptable and participate. Be they tourists or whatever. As such I shall not amend it.

It is not racist and does not state that chinese people are barbarians. You have chosen to read it that way

Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on August 20, 2010:

Older writers. This is not racism but merely noted due to their cruelty.

There are all too many barbarians in the world but I cannot take them all on, or maybe I can.

Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on August 20, 2010:

Thanks Chrissy. I have circulated links to your blog.

Help the Animals on August 18, 2010:

Hi Ethel, It's Chrissy,

thank you so much for what you are doing? The answer to Are they barbarians is obviously YES.

Please send people to write letters of what we think of them to the CHINESE EMBASSY in whatever country they are in, there is an embassy as they try to peddle their propaganda of what a great country they are to get tourists.


Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on August 16, 2010:

Thanks shinkicker. I know they do not treat some people much better but I cannot fight all battles. Animal cruelty sickens me so much.

I would have to shie away from such videos though

Shinkicker from Scotland on August 15, 2010:

Thanks for the Hub Ethel

Animal cruelty is appalling anywhere in the world. One of my friends e-mailed a video from China showing graphically how the fur trade skinned animals alive.

It was stomach-churning. The callousness and indifference of the inhuman-beings involved was chilling.

All the best

Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on August 13, 2010:

Good for you Habee. Words is all we have as a weapon right now.

Holle Abee from Georgia on August 12, 2010:

I wrote a letter that appeared in my local paper about animal cruelty in China. I'm sorry, but anyone who can get joy from watching such cruelty is a sick, twisted individual. I agree with you: Shame on you, China!!

Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on August 12, 2010:

How true that last statement is TVL.

TheVacationLady from Everywhere on August 11, 2010:

How do they not have laws protecting these animals? This is disgusting. It makes the country look bad as a nation. Who treats innocent creatures like this? We are guests in their home!

Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on August 11, 2010:

Thank you wrenfrost. There seems little else we can do just now

wrenfrost56 from U.K. on August 11, 2010:

I know you said in your hub that you didn't know where this rant was going, however I think you made a very passionate and important plea. Keeping issues like these in peoples minds is very important. Another well written hub.

Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on August 11, 2010:

Thanks to you all. Nicomp your well thought out comment is not worth leaving in. A tiger in captivity bears no relation to in the wild when it hunts its prey. The prey get a fair chance and the animals know nothing different.

There has been plenty of animal cruelty in all parts of the world in the past but it needs stamping out, once and for all.

Lori J Latimer from Central Oregon on August 10, 2010:

This could be a documentary. I think as with all other "bad behavior" of those who supply such entertainment, wouldn't be in business is there were No Demand for such entertainment. Whoever is the audience is as much to blame

Hello, hello, from London, UK on August 10, 2010:

Yes, it is shocking but as you also said we were like that and eventually were educated to look at it and think differently. There is a very harsh streak in the charteristic of Chinese people. Most properly from their past where had been treated so harshly that either they stood it or died. Their huge population were plenty to close the gap. So the leader, whoever, didn't worry. That hartship might have become part of it. I am not making excuses for all the cruelty but I myself trying to look behind the scene, so to speak. Now regarding animals they just haven't been told and educated that is no way to treat animals. We had been. Their regime of communism is to blame for not educating them. Until the leader tells them it will go on. WWF will not be able to get into China as such because of the leadership.

I am also can't watch any cruelty to animals and I am sorry for you. I love cowboy films but don't like when they rip the horses around to make them fall. Same as polo. Now polo should be banned. Look at them they way they rip the horses around. That is one thing I hold against William and Harry otherwise they are great.

loriamoore on August 10, 2010:

Oh how horrible! I had no idea. I can't stand it when animals are mistreated. Even in movies, when the animals aren't really being harmed, I have to change the channel if an abuse scene is shown.

fucsia on August 10, 2010:

As in all the unpleasant things the culprits are not just those that do, but even those that implicitly or explicitly permit it with their applause or their silence.

Trevor Kersey. on August 10, 2010:

It`s a pity that all the people who treat animals like this are not thrown into the lions enclosure in china.Then lets see the people (ADULTS AND CHILDREN) happy,clap their hands and be all excited with glee. They are all rotten bastads and may they all rot in hell.

Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on August 10, 2010:

Thnx Fucsia. I sometimes think I am too emotional then I realise that I just care, like you.

fucsia on August 10, 2010:

Even though I knew the cruelty inflicted to animals, every time I see a document, such as videos you have put here, I become sad and distressed. Maybe I am too empathetic, but I can not really understand : these are humans like me, how can they do this? Where is their morality?

I am sad but also glad that you wrote this hub : I hope that it will raise awareness many people as possible

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