So each year when the Yulin Dog Meat Festival takes place, lots of dog-loving people around the world throw a hissy fit. They post horrible things about the Chinese on social media sites. They sign petitions calling for an end to this barbaric practice. They send money to groups who purport to save dogs from slaughter. Some do help dogs and some just rip you off. Oh, and the news media riles up the masses too. Gotta love sensationalist journalism.
I don’t ever say anything because while I hate the idea of dogs being slaughtered to be eaten, I think that at least they’re being killed for the nourishment of the bodies of others.
That and I think before you start telling other people to clean up their yard, you should clean your own yard up first.
Before you start hating on me, consider the following:
Thousands of dogs were slaughtered during the dog meat festival this year.
Meanwhile, here in the US we euthanize over a million dogs a year for no other reason then they lack a home (source: ASPCA.org).
We experiment on over 61,000 dogs in research facilities (source: usda.gov).
Over 11,000 dogs are used in the US dog racing industry each year (source: grey2kusa.org)
And that’s just what we do to dogs.
Each year in the United Stated alone we kill over 56 BILLION animals for food. And the National Resources Defense Council tells us that 40% of food here in the US goes to waste. So I guess it’s reasonable to say that at least 1 billion of those animals lived tortured lives and died for nothing.
Che Green, in a recent Faunalytics post, discussed how psychophysical numbing (the concept that the more lives at risk, the more numb we become to the problem) allows us to focus on the plight of a few while simultaneously turning a blind eye to the masses. This explains how we can send thousands of dollars to someone we don’t know to pay for one rescued dog’s medical expenses while at the same time ignoring the plight of the thousands of dogs euthanized or used in research.
I dunno. Maybe I’m just resigned to the reality that most humans don’t look at the big picture. At any rate, I’m not gonna harp on one festival in China. Instead I’ll focus on what I can do here at home to help dogs now.