posted on Sep, 4 2011 @ 10:33 AM
Originally posted by catwhoknowsplusone
Stories like this make my blood boil.
China has no conscience, and no degree of cruelty is beyond China.
Beware of China, a horrible cold race of people.
It's not everyone in China. Believe me, most people don't support Traditional Chinese Medicine, or at least not to the degree where it impacts
animals to this degree.
As it has been said, many countries and cultures have been known to cause "animal suffering" through a variety of means. Is this any worse than
cows, pumped up with hormones and antibiotics, in highly uncomfortably conditions, hooked up to milk pumps? Is this any worse than meat farms? I
don't know, you tell me.
And for everyone... this isn't a "story". That's such a weird word. This is something that happens, in a place where you don't live, in a culture
that you're not familiar with. It's something that people who are interested in ethics, or traditional healing, or wildlife policy (such as myself)
have been aware of for ages... and something that is "new and terrible" to those who are uninformed and who lack the context to understand this as
anything more than a pro-PETA story.
Also, although people in the USA may seem like barbaric animal-killers... it's really not that easy to get permits for things that don't have
exploding populations. Many organizations are out there defining how many "takes" per year is sustainable for different species in different areas.
And hunting is permitted only during certain periods of time. It's an interesting fact known to many ecologists that the hunting culture has actually
led to more funding and more research on the health of many species of animals in this country. And by health I don't mean medical health, I mean
things like population density, reproductive rate, food source availability, migration patterns, and other important things to know. Not for hunting,
but for conservation. In the USA, many say that hunting regulation and research is the best thing to happen to conservation biology.