I would like to start this predictably very long blog with the short one posted by Shannon Wright a few days ago titled
[Racism in the Animal Rights Movement]
by Shannon Wright
Once again, this morning, I woke up to the words “There’s Chinese bashing going on again.” That meant there was a post on Facebook that sent people reeling. I have to say that I am, to be blunt, sick and fucking tired of the racism in the animal rights movement. Why do some people feel the need to hate an entire country for the awful abuses and barbarism that only some of it’s residents commit? Unfortunately, this is not limited to the Chinese people; but I have to say, without a doubt, I hear more Chinese bashing than the bashing of any other race, including the Japanese. Here are some of the comments:
“THE EVIL OF THE CHINESE!!! BOYCOTT CHINA FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS–SHARE FAR & WIDE. THX”
Yesterday at 3:20
“This is sick but then its china what do you expect assholes”
Yesterday at 3:23
“exactly h pls share”
Yesterday at 3:25am
“sick asshole and SO PERVERSE AND EVIL!”
Yesterday at 5:46am
“GET OVER IT, LETS STAND FOR THE ANIMALS NOT THE CHINESE, OMG WHO DO YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT N??????
18 hours ago
“I CARE ABOUT THE INNOCENT ANIMALS IN CHINA WHERE THERE ARE NO FRICKING ANIMAL RIGHTS WHATSOEVER!”
“I HATE THE CHINESE PEOPLE!!!”
“THE CHINESE IS AN EVIL RACE.” (In a thread on my wall March 7, 2012)
Before opinions, let’s first look at the facts. Here are some examples of the wonderful activism taking place in China as we speak:
Chinese man adopting and caring for rescued dogs. http://www.wittymag.com/chinese-man-looks-after-140-stray-dogs/
And, of course we can’t leave out Anthony Marr who led the highest-profile anti-hunting campaign in Canada, has conducted campaigns in Canadian and American Chinatowns to put an end to endangered species medicines and in India to help save the tigers where they live, has traveled the U.S. on seven long CARE (Compassion for Animals Road Expedition) tours just to name a few.
I completely understand the hatred. I hate hunters. I hate vivisectors. I hate furriers. I hate those who maime, torture, and kill. But I have transformed that hatred into action. I’m pro-active and I get out there and fight with a level head. As ARAs we should be fighting against racism; along with speciesism, ageism, sexism, and any other “ism” that keeps humans and non-humans oppressed. How can we fight against any of these when hatred is so prevalent in our own movement? How can we fight speciesism when racism runs rampant in AR?
This kind of behavior in the movement is unbecoming to say the least, and it ruins our reputation. The enemy can and will use us against ourselves. Then we will have a snowball’s chance in Hell of winning this fight.
November 12, 2011
Due to what Shannon has so courageously brought out, I have compiled the following list of abusive activities pertaining to various peoples, cultures and countries, so that we could view the situation from a global, objective, unbiased and balanced perspective.
Given the virtually endless varieties of animal abuse we humans have had the evil genius of inventing, I have limited the following list to those practised by at least 1% of the population of the country in question, and supported by at least 2%, which therefore precludes such highly localized atrocities as tearing live turtles’ heads off with the contestants’ bare hands in the Snapper Festival in Ohio County, Indiana, USA.
The list, as is, would be incomplete, and may contain errors. If you have any atrocities to include that is practised by at least 1% and supported by at least 2% of the population of the country in question, or if you have any country/ies to add to or remove from any listed activity, please comment, and I will amend the list accordingly. Thank you.
This blog was written over the period of four days, during which time I reviewed thousands of animal abuse pictures to select the following few dozen. It has been a hellish experience – definitely not recommended entertainment. But since I have done the agonizing, I humbly request that you look through the pictures that I have selected. They all have their rightful places in AR.
This reminded me of a brief exchange with my FB friend HyEna Howln this afternoon. She commented on the hunting video trailer I posted yesterday (which is also presented in this blog under Hunting Videos below), and said that she was paralysed with rage. She asked me how I handled my anger upon seeing these atrocities done unto other species on a daily basis for years. My answer was very similar to Shannon’s:
I transform my feelings into action. Action is the best healing force for me, and the only cure for the problem.
And so, I humbly ask, please take these pictures to heart, feel the fury, then transform it to dynamic action.
To see the pictures and charts and maps best, please click on them for their full size versions.
In alphabetical order:
ALLIGATOR SLAUGHTER – USA
ANIMAL CIRCUS – Peru, Russia, UK, Ukraine, USA (China banned animal circuses January 2011)
BEAR BILE USE & FARMING – China
Bird shooting (duck, goose, pheasant, pigeon, turkey…) – Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, S. Africa, Scotland, Spain, UK, Uraquay, USA ++
And how do they do it? Here’s how:
BOILING LOBSTERS AND CRABS ALIVE – the method used in the USA, UK, and most other Western countries. (“The Chinese” seldom eat lobsters, but when they do, they decapitate the lobsters first with a single cleaver-chop.)
BOW-HUNTING – Benin, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Central African Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Mozambique, Namibia, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey, USA, Zimbabwe
Bow hunting is the most cruel form of recreational hunting, with a dismal non-lethal wounding rate of ~50%.
BULL-FIGHTING – Colombia, Ecuador, France, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Venezuela
BUSH MEAT – Cameroon, Congo (great apes), DRC, Gabon, Guinea + some other African countries
CANNED HUNTING – South Africa, USA
CAT/DOG EATING – Angola (dog), Argentina (cat – “only during hardship”), Cambodia, Cameroon (dog), China, Cuba (dog), Japan, Lagos, Laos, Nigeria, Philippines (+ Filipinos in USA), S. Korea, (former) Soviet Union, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, (+ Lewis-and-Clark, USA)
COCK FIGHTING – Afghanistan, Canary Islands, Colombia, Dominion Republic, Ecuador, France, Guam, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Venezuela,
CRUSH VIDEOS – many countries – see http://www.StopCrush.org
CRUSHING BOX (cruel elephant training practice) – Thailand
Elephants are trained differently between Thailand and India, the latter being much more humane.
“CULL” HUNTING – Canada, Finland, USA (usually in urban areas, by bow-hunters, for bow-hunters)
DAIRY INDUSTRY – Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, New Zealand, Russia, UK, Ukraine, USA
World total milk production in 2009
FAO statistics 
(including cow/buffalo/goat/sheep/camel milk)
Rank Country Production (10 to the 6th power kg/y)
1 India 110,040
2 USA 85,859
3 China 40,553
4 Russia 32,562
5 Pakistan 34,362
6 Germany 28,691
7 Brazil 27,716
8 France 24,218
9 New Zealand 15,217
10 UK 13,237
11 Italy 12,836
12 Turkey 12,542
13 Poland 12,467
14 Ukraine 11,610
15 Netherlands 11,469
16 Mexico 10,931
17 Argentina 10,500
18 Australia 9,388
19 Canada 8,213
20 Japan 7,909
Rank Country Production (10 to the 6th power kg/y)
EU (all 27 countries) 153,033
1 Germany 28,691
2 France 24,218
3 UK 13,237
4 Italy 12,836
5 Poland 12,467
6 Netherlands 11,469
7 Spain 7,252
8 Romania 5,809
9 Ireland 5.373
10 Denmark 4,814
DOG FIGHTING – Afghanistan, Australia (illegal, but happening), India (illegal, but happening), Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, Rome (historical), Russia, South Africa (wide spread), South America (most countries, by and large illegal, but happening), UK (illegal, but happening), USA (illegal, but happening)
DOLPHIN CAPTURE & CAPTIVITY – Canada (captivity), China (captivity), Guinea Bassau (“massive capture” in 2004 +), Japan (capture and captivity), Mexico (capture – illegal, but happening + captivity), USA (Captivity) +
1985 – Australia banned all cetacean captivity.
1992 – Hungary banned cetacean captivity
1993 – UK banned cetacean captivity
2005 – Chile and Costa Rica banned cetacean captivity
Currently, there are ~60 dolphinarium in Europe, 34 in EU.
DOLPHIN SLAUGHTER – Denmark (Faroe Islands), Japan
………Anthony Marr meeting with Izumi Ishii, ex-dolphin-killer turned whale-watching operator, who single-handedly stopped dolphin killing at Futo, Japan, before heading on to Taiji to perform a dolphin-saving operation.
DRIFT-NET FISHERY – France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Taiwan, Turkey
FACTORY FARMS – Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech, Colombia (eggs + 2.5M pigs), Denmark, Egypt, Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Netherlands (world’s biggest exporter of eggs – 5.4 billion/year), Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA
FOIE GRAS – France (78%) +5
FOX HUNTING – UK
FUR FARMING – Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Netherlands, EU, Finland, Russia, Sweden, USA
GESTATION CRATE – Canada, EU, USA + most countries with factory pig-farms.
Banned in Sweden and the UK. Will be banned in Denmark by 2014, and in New Zealand by 2015. Banned in certain US states (Arizona, California, Florida) but far from all.
HARE COURSING – Ireland
HORSE EATING and SLAUGHTER –
Consumers: Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China (only a few provinces), France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, S. Korea, Tonga, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine
Breaking news! (Nov. 18, 2011) – the USA has just re-instituted horse slaughtering on American soil. States like Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Georgia and Missouri are considering opening or re-opening horse-slaughter plants. 120,000-200,000 horses will be slaughtered in America per year.
Major Horse meat Production Countries, 2005
Country # of horses
China 1,700,000 horses
Horse meat production levels as of 2009
Country Tons per year
Argentina 57,000 tons
HUNTING VIDEOS – Canada, USA
MEAT CONSUMPTION PER CAPITA – Australia, Spain, USA top 3
MEAT CONSUMPTION BY COUNTRY – USA + all countries
Line up single file all the cows killed in the USA per year, and the cow line will go from LA to New York 15 times.
Line up single file all the pigs killed in the USA per year, and the pig line will go from LA to New York 35 times.
Line up single file all the chickens killed in the USA per year (~10 billion), and the chicken line will go from the Earth to the Moon 8 times.
The World’s Most Prominent Fishing Nations:
6. Russian Fed.
9. Korea, Rep.
14. Korea, DPR
•52% of fish stocks are fully exploited
•20% are moderately exploited
•17% are overexploited
•7% are depleted
•1% is recovering from depletion
PUPPY MILLS (like little factory farms) – Australia, Canada (esp. Quebec, banned in Toronto), UK, USA
RATTLESNAKE ROUND-UP – USA
RHINO HORN USAGE & POACHING – African countries (trophy hunting and poaching), China (medicine), SE Asian countries (poaching), USA (trophy hunting), Yemen (dagger handles, recently banned)
RODEO – Canada, USA
SEAL MASSACRE – Canada, Namibia
SHARK-BAITING (with live dogs) – France
SHARK FIN CONSUMPTION – Canada, China, USA
SHARK FINNING – Top 6: Costa Rica, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, UAE + almost every country with a coastline.
“SPORT” FISHING – Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Fiji, Indonesia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Tahiti, USA + most countries with a coastline
TRAPPING (leg-hold, conibar, snare) – Canada, Finland, Germany, Norway, Russia, Sweden, USA +
The leg-hold trap has been banned in 88 countries (including Finland, Norway and Sweden, but in which other forms of trapping continue), but only 8 US states have done so.
TROPHY HUNTING (“Big Game Hunting”) – Botswana, Canada, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, USA, Zimbabwe
VEAL – see dairy countries.
VIVISECTION – Canada, Germany, Switzerland, UK, USA and most countries with universities
WHALING – Canada (native whaling), Japan (“Research” whaling), Norway (illegal whaling)
THERE IS NO HUMANE WAY TO KILL A WHALE!
WILDHORSE ROUND-UP – to make room for more and more cattle ranches on public land – USA
WILDLIFE TRADE – Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Belize, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, India, Laos, Maldives, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Panama, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe + the Internet
WOLF HUNTING & EXTERMINATION – China (license for foreign hunters), Estonia, Finland, Mongolia, Norway, Russia, USA
ZOOS (with a few exceptions) – most countries
Global ENVIRONMENTAL statistics by country:
December 13, 2011:
Somewhat belatedly, though never too late, I came across what entertainer Steven Patrick Morrissey said about the Chinese people being a “SUBSPECIES” (Sep 4, 2010). At issue was animal circuses. Perhaps I was too busy on the road conducting my 7th Compassion for Animals Road Expedition (CARE-7 tour – 40 states in 7 months, Apr-Nov, 2010). Now, upon reading it, the first thought that sprang to mind is: Does he think that he belongs to the Master Race? What does this make him? A “Subspeciesist”?
Good thing that facts speak for themselves. In January this year, China beat Morrissey’s UK, and the US, and Canada, in banning animal circuses. Even so, inevitably, when I shared the positive news in a Facebook post, it quickly degenerated into yet another negative Chinese-bashing thread.
As a Chinese Canadian ARA, I’ve taken this type of abuse on a daily basis – from fellow ARAs of all people – for years – though admittedly none was meant to be offensive against my person. At first, I remained silent, thinking that racism would not be tolerated in the movement espousing Anti-Speciesism, which hopefully would be cleansed by those who could see comparable ugliness in their own cultural mirrors, e.g. bow hunting, factory farms, rodeo, vivisection…, and animal circuses, because I considered the subject beneath my dignity and irrelevant to my pro-animal activism. But one day, upon witnessing my own mother being insulted due to her ethnicity, I began writing about it (e.g. my latest blog on this subject: [CRIMES AGAINST ANIMALS Around The World] – http://homosapienssaveyourearth.blogspot.com/2011/11/crimes-against-animals-around-world.html).
Now, in late 2011, reading Morrissey’s statement, and others’ comments in his support, and seeing anti-Chinese groups spring up like wildfire within the AR movement, I have come to a point of resignation. Morrissey and his fans can own the racist sector of the AR movement for all I care. Thankfully, there are groups exemplified by Stand By Animals In China, Stop Crush and the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition that hold steadfastly against racism of any kind within the Animal Rights movement, thus maintaining it on an even keel in the winds of prejudice and bigotry.
Though I understand where his offensive statement had come from – his gut and not his head – I feel that Morrissey owes my mother a big apology, and my father, my sister, my brother, my uncles and aunts and cousins, my childhood friends, NONE OF WHOM eat cats and dogs, or use rhino horn, or skin animals alive, and the vast majority of the Chinese people who are as irked by these atrocities as he is. As for me, I don’t need his apology. He can save his breath for a new song of true compassion, one embracing all sentient beings – including the Chinese people, at least the hundreds of millions of them that abhor cruelty as he does.
Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)