Dogs Unprotected. How about Human?

I actually didn’t believe the news (WARNING: bloody photos of dogs in the report) when it came out:

Before May 31, 2009, all dogs on the 3206 sq. km area of Yang Xian of Shaanxi were killed by the local government, including all dogs in people’s home, and those who already got government permits. Now, the county has became the first one in China without a single dog, and their goal is too keep the county dog-free in the next three years.

On the Internet, there are debate about this event. Although there are more people got angry about what they did, there are many people who support the act.

If Dogs are Not Protected, How about Human

I am very angry about it, even more angry than the last time my friend’s dog was killed. It feels to me that the smell of Nazi is approaching us.

The key question is, why the owners of the dogs don’t have the power to protect their loved family members?

I only saw many blog post about how sad the dog’s owner became – some faint to ground, and some got serious mental problems to see their dogs were killed by the government hired “hunters” before their face. But the key is, if the loved one, like the dog, is killed, what people can do beside crying in this country?

Sure. There may be a possibility that the government apologize, and withdraw the killing order in the future because of the pressure from other part of this country, but how about the dogs killed already? Is there a way for them to get back to life after the apology made? Is there a way for their owners to forget what happened to them?

Gun Right = Human Right?

I am not a supporter of legalization of gun ownership in China, but this incident promote me to think about whether the dog owners should legal have a gun.

I read a book about a Jewish writer who thought so hard about why millions of Jews were killed in WII. Why they does not resist at all? The answer was, partly, that the Nazi German prohibit its people to own guns. If something goes wrong on the political system, they can only be waiting to be killed, without doing anything. Well. The possibility for a politics system to go wrong is not as low as we believe, especially when the people don’t have a way to protect themselves.

Back to the Yangxian Dog Killing event. What shocked me most was not about how stupid the local government is, it was how helpless the dog lovers were.

I don’t believe violence is the way to solve problem, but when it happens, there should be at least one final protection.

Think about it. If there is nothing for them to do when the ruthless murder were happening to them besides crying and being sad, what about something happens to their family members. This event simply became a wake up call to everyone, and force me to think, what if something happened to me in the future, just because the man in power becomes stupid. Should I wait to be killed or witness other mankind to be killed? Sure. I know that to think “they will correct their mistakes in the future” can make people feel better if there is nothing to do.

This country has went through many similar things, but still, we cannot setup a system to protect lives on this land. If dogs are not protected, I don’t think human are protected.

15 thoughts on “Dogs Unprotected. How about Human?

  1. 也许知道

    嗯,不过,我觉得这种人与社会的关系是相对来说的。可能人类在朝着一个文明的方向不断发展。文明的发展促使每个人有更高的修养。事特的正反两个方向骂。我觉得我有时退有时进。最近我不断在怀疑信息知情权的必要性。公众想知道什么。知道了又如何。有必要提醒公众知道吗?

    哎,人的权力。事物的对错。可能作力所能及的事情才是正确的吧。

  2. yovmom

    This is not Nazi, but this is Nazi mentality, killing innocent living being (Jews then, and now dogs) in the name of protecting people. Nazi killed Jews exactly in the name of protecting Germany from inner decay. This happens when the country’s legal system is so weak that individual power (Hitler then, and local official now) could over power the legal system. At that time Hitler was the law, today, some local officials who decreed the rule becomes local law.

    Sad…

  3. yovmom

    This incidence is actually small potato compared to all the killings in the past. Please read Chinese recent history for the past 100 years. Basically, the issue is not just limited to certain Chinese in certain location in China, the issue is more widespread. Look at genocide in Cambodia, genocide in ex-Yugoslavia, genocide in Sudan, genocide in Germany, genocide in …, the evil mindset of mass killing in the name of “goodness” is actually buried in every human mind. Most hideous crimes were committed in the name of goodness or even in the name of God. Only mature law and constitution can prevent that from happening. China, despite it being pretty developped materially, has a long way to improve in spiritual standard.

  4. yovmom

    This incidence is actually small potato compared to all the killings in the past. Please read Chinese recent history for the past 100 years. Basically, the issue is not just limited to certain Chinese in certain location in China, the issue is more widespread. Look at genocide in Cambodia, genocide in ex-Yugoslavia, genocide in Sudan, genocide in Germany, genocide in …, the evil mindset of mass killing in the name of “goodness” is actually buried in every human mind. Most hideous crimes were committed in the name of goodness or even in the name of God. Only mature law and constitution can prevent that from happening. China, despite it being pretty developped materially, has a long way to improve in spiritual standard.

  5. Tash

    Is there a reason behind this, besides wanting to be ‘dog-free’? Were there problems with canine over-population, or people contracting rabies from rabid dog bites, or dogs attacking humans?

    If the reason behind this policy is known perhaps there there any possibility of suggesting alternative means to the problem. Instead of such drastic measures of eliminating any trace of canine in the county, maybe they can consider spay/neutering if overpopulation is a problem, etc.

  6. Brian

    First of all, this sort of thing in China is old hat. Remember Mao’s great “kill sparrows” campaign that contributed to a devastating famine? And his picture’s on the money!

    Second…”smell of Nazi”?

    A Chinese blogger living in China; a country with indiscriminant arrest, arbitrary detention, rampant government and corporate corruption, secret police, no elected government, secret monitoring and censoring of citizens, wiretaps, show trials, executions, …. is suddenly concerned that people attacking dogs means fascism has arrived? Are you kidding me?

    The video is sickening. On the other hand, seeing Chinese villagers running around with sticks chasing dogs like it was 400 years ago, is a good counterpoint to the “We’ve got a magnetic train and we’re going to take over the world” chest beating and boasting propaganda. Remember there’s a LOT more villagers than city-dwellers in China, and I can guarantee you that this sort of thing is happening in a lot of other places that don’t have a cameraman running around.

    “Development” means a lot more than being able to buy a nicer apartment, car and handbag than the guy next to you.

  7. xge

    I sensed a lot of bitterness and anger in many of your recent posts. Does it reflect a real change in you? I wonder if it reflects a real mood change in the general population and what happens if it does.

  8. stephen

    Do you know the Constitution of People’s Republic of China does not have a clause of protecting her citizens nor their personal properties, not to mention the pets.

    To amend the Constitution ???????!!!! it is mission impossible!

  9. David Feng

    The massacre of Man’s Best Friend. The guy that passed this law is a miracle. Still going strong without a heart.

    (PS: Humans _die_ without a heart. This guy must be really amazing…)

  10. wonton

    I don’t see any logic behind this massacre. Then again, this country has a pretty impressive record of bad behaviour by government representatives. Unfortunately, I don’t think this is going to change anytime soon. Sometimes I wish the people in charge will just recognise that this country is too big to be run by the good intentions of dreamers and enforced by idiots and gangsters. It is so hard to feel proud of your country when you see shit like this all the time. Just look at what is happening and listen to our national anthem. You will know why I am so disappointed.

  11. one

    what can i say.

    the only thing they care is the survival of the regime. animal rights and human rights? they can’t care less.

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