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.