rollings wrote:Also last month I was talking to a friend who does business in China and he showed me various pictures of restaurants and markets where dead animals just hang there on a hook. I understand that a dead animal is a dead animal.....maybe the Chinese take on a different attitude towards animals as food whereas in Amerrica the people are more like....if I don't see it, it ain't happening (?) I don't know.
I saw the same thing in Chinatown in San Francisco when I was there.
Although in most places in the West, the dead animal or bird, is wrapped in cellophane and placed on a polystyrene tray, and then displayed on a supermarket shelf instead.
Personally, I think the Chinese - Asian way - is preferable. It's a less sanitized approach that let's you see just what it is you're buying.
rollings wrote:I'm only just sharing, whether right or wrong, that my knowledge base as acquired over the years IS that the Chinese mistreatment of animals is more widespread and accepted than is other countries.
As for the thing described above - key chains, & a zoo where people are encouraged to throw animals to the big cats to be eaten, I've never come across that, or even heard about it here, so t can't be that popular. And I keep my ear to the ground. So, I'm not doubting these things happen, but they are not widespread, and they are not in any way popular with the Chinese people. Some Chinese people do mistreat animals - a friend of mine told me how her boss dropped a live puppy in a hotpot to be eaten, or to give the hotpot some added flavour or something. She was just as disgusted and shocked by it as me. She's Chinese. Isolated incidents like this do occur here, and it's despicable. But they are mostly looked down upon by the majority of people here just as they would be in any Western country.
The Chinese do have a long way to go to improve animal welfare, but the problem is not as widespread or tolerated as PJ_Soul would have you believe. Though I get the impression she just has a problem with China in general.
And by the way, your comments to me really don't need to contain so much trepidation. I'm not gonna bite your head off.
...unless you really piss me off