This is not a link trying to get people to become vegans, only trying to make people aware that China is no worse than any other nation in terms of the suffering of animals. We all commit crimes of cruelty.
It is not hard to find horrifying graphic pictures, or videos, of animal abuse in other countries. We often have fingers pointed to China for their cruelty in terms of skinning cats alive. We point the finger at Africa for killing Rhinos for their horns, leaving their bodies to rot in the sun. How many people willingly look at what happens to animals in their own country, or how their own country drives the cruel practices in other nations?
While being skinned alive cannot be pleasant for a cat, the products made from the cats hide are often sold to other countries, I myself have seen them in a store where I worked. Formed into tiny animals, some even were made into cat shapes that moved and “purred” when you touched them. Creepy! So who is to blame? The Chinese for skinning the cats, or us, for buying the products, and wanting them made cheap enough we can buy them?
In Africa Rhinos are being poached, the fact that they are endangered is irrelevant to the cruelty of killing an animal for nothing but its horn, yet in other countries, like the one you are living in right now, animals are being killed all the time. Tossed into plastic bags and thrown on the road or drowned, disowned and left to starve. Many animals are killed simply because people here allow their pets to breed indiscriminately and force animal shelters to deal with the excess unwanted pets. Not to mention those animals killed only so we can have a fancy fur coat.
Not to mention what nations are buying the products made from killing endangered animals, it is certainly not impoverished countries, it is the wealthy. Exported to other countries, like yours and mine, illegal animal products are occasionally caught at customs.
Some cities even kill dogs that are loved pets, simply because city laws have ruled them to be the “wrong” breed. Denver in the United States is one such are where even nice dogs are killed for this reason, and this reason alone.