Good News from China, Bad News from New York
Yes, you read that correctly; the good news is from China (and some of you might not see it as good news, but I don't think you can categorize it as bad news). I'll do the bad news first so I may end on a good note.
This week's wtf? goes to the NYC Council, which Rich informed us yesterday in a comment, tabled Resolution 497, "which called for educators to be notified of a law which requires elementary schools to teach students about the humane treatment of animals," due to "arm-twisting" by Speaker Christine Quinn's office (source of quotes here).
Quinn, by the way, shows up on every e-mail alert I get from any group trying to help animals (welfare or otherwise) and has scored a zero on the League of Humane Voters' annual scorecard. Other than the carriage horse issue, I don't believe there's been any issue before the council that would have banned a certain use of an animal, which makes Quinn's behavior even worse. She even came out against pet stores installing fire sprinklers. Of course, she is against banning carriage horses.
Twisting arms about notifying educators about a law, though? That seems to reach a new level of absurdity. And by the way the vote was 13-3. I'd like to hear from the other 12 about what's so offensive about Resolution 497.
But enough of that, and on to some good news from Chris in China:
Guangdong's appetite for cat meat drives a cat-stealing and smuggling industry that is countrywide, which is mainly fueled by either stolen or stray pets and pet trade animals who outgrow their saleable age.
This morning, the anti-cat meat trade activists delivered a petition to the Guangdong Province Representative office in Beijing.
This is the opening salvo of an effort that will probably feature attacks on the trade from all fronts, including legal challenges. Going to get interesting.
While Biden's supporting puppy mills, ordinary Chinese cat friends are kicking butt.
There's a speciesist element to this that's obvious in quotes like this: "These cats, they are like our children," said Cui Qingzhen, a
56-year-old woman who said she has been feeding street cats for six
years. "We can't let these people do this to them."
The skinning and cooking alive of the cats is horrifying because they're cats, and that's a shame. It should be horrifying because it's horrifying.
What do you think?