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Animal Rights Groups Infiltrate and Expose the Barbaric China Dog Meat Trade

31 Aug

by Last Chance for Animals & Animal Equality / Marketwired

dogmeat1ZHANJIANG, CHINA–(Marketwired – Aug 30, 2013) – Last Chance for Animals (LCA) and Animal Equality have joined forces to infiltrate the dog meat trade in China and expose the cruelty behind the slaughter of dogs for food. Undercover investigators, pretending to be part of the dog meat industry, entered several slaughterhouses and markets. Shocking footage and photos were taken of workers dragging terrified dogs across blood stained floors, bashing their skulls with metal poles and slitting their throats with knives. Other dogs, in paralyzing fear, are forced to watch while awaiting their turn to be tortured to death. Millions of people believe that cat and dog slaughter for human consumption is absolutely unacceptable.

At one slaughterhouse in Zhanjiang, the investigators noticed one trembling dog (later named Vita) trying to get their attention by scratching a metal door with her paw and staring with pleading eyes. The investigator explained, “We gained the trust of the workers, we then tricked them and managed to take Vita out.” Shortly after her rescue, Vita was taken to Europe and adopted by a caring family.

Vita, like millions of dogs every year in China, was probably stolen from a family before being butchered and sold for meat. It is estimated that approximately 50,000 dogs are killed each day in China for their meat or fur.

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China and India ‘Water Grab’ Dams Put Ecology of Himalayas in Danger

10 Aug

The Ranganadi Hydro Electric Project in Arunachal Pradesh, India.by John Vidal / The Guardian

The future of the world’s most famous mountain range could be endangered by a vast dam-building project, as a risky regional race for water resources takes place in Asia.

New academic research shows that India, Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan are engaged in a huge “water grab” in the Himalayas, as they seek new sources of electricity to power their economies. Taken together, the countries have plans for more than 400 hydro dams which, if built, could together provide more than 160,000MW of electricity – three times more than the UK uses.

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The Houses Built on China’s ‘Poisoned’ Land

16 Jun

Homes are being built on contaminated land in Chinese cities – and the residents of these developments have no idea

by Gao Shengke and Wang Kai / The Guardian

Photograph: Caijing

Photograph: Caijing

Gao Shengke and Wang Kai have won the prize for Best Investigation at ChinaDialogue’s and The Guardian’s China Environmental Press Awards – 2013 for their investigation into contaminated earth in Chinese cities. Here is the first of their three-part series of reports.

The excavators are rumbling and dust swirls all about at the second phase of the Kangquan New City construction project in Guanzhuang village, Chaoyang District, outside Beijing’s east fifth ring road.

A 20-metre deep pit has been dug on the site. A foul stench rises from the pile of earth that has been removed. Until now, few people knew about the secret that was buried here.

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Thousands of Tibetans Protest Against Mine

30 May
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A map of Driru county in Nagchu (Naqu) prefecture in Tibet. RFA

from Radio Free Asia

As many as 5,000 Tibetans have protested against Chinese mining operations at a site considered sacred by local residents, drawing a large security force to the area and prompting fears of clashes, according to Tibetan sources this week.

The protest last Friday took place at Naglha Dzambha mountain in Tibet’s Driru (in Chinese, Biru) county, the scene of similar protests two years ago, sources said. Continue reading

Environmental Protest in China: A Quick Q & A With Anthropologist Ralph Litzinger

30 May

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by Jeffrey Wasserstrom / the Huffington Post

The last year has seen a dramatic uptick in press coverage of Chinese environmental issues. There have also been a number of books published on the subject, with more due out soon. So this seemed a good moment to get in touch with my friend Ralph Litzinger, an anthropologist based at Duke University. He has been tracking the topic closely, while also writing about other important issues, ranging from Tibetan self-immolations to labor conditions in and protests at Chinese factories. Currently in Beijing, he sent me the following thoughtful responses to questions I put to him via email:

Jeffrey Wasserstrom: There have been a lot of news reports lately about Chinese environmental and health issues, from the smog levels in Beijing to dead pigs floating in rivers near Shanghai. What’s something important that you think someone who only pays passing attention to Chinese stories might have missed in this flurry of coverage?

Ralph Litzinger: We have indeed seen a barrage of stories on everything from the Beijing “airpocalypse,” as many call the foul smog that descended over Beijing in January and February, to the 750 dead pigs pulled from the Huangpu River in Shanghai in March, to the more recent news of meat merchants selling lamb mixed with rat, fox, mink, and a range of chemicals. These are not isolated or novel events. They have a troubling history that moves almost in lockstep with China’s great “opening and reform.” That said, reading the press, or perusing online chat rooms in China, one would not be wrong to get the impression that China is now in the midst of an environmental and health meltdown. Continue reading