Hmm, interesting thread. I should have gotten here earlier
Heh, I agree that boiling cats alive is no worse than scalding chickens and hogs alive. Stuff is shitty the world over. And chickens ARE scalded alive in the US; laws on paper have terribly low standards, and even those are NOT enforced. In the end, dead is dead.
I'm a member of KAPS/IAKA, and although I haven't met Kyenan personally, I have met Sunnan. She is a wonderful wonderful person. And she doesn't hate. She helps. She's just one of those people who are so loving, accepting, giving, caring... Ahh just thinking about her I feel like scum :P If you can, please donate to KAPS so they can build their new CARE facility. I think it will do a lot of good. Buying animals at market I don't agree with--it doesn't save the other animals that the purchase will create a demand for--but there are sooo many dogs and especially cats at the KAPS shelter that were surrendered or picked up off the streets, and when I went there, I was told that they turn away 100 animals each month. I really feel bad for those cats, because they don't have the best of lives (better than on the streets, but still), and the shelter is so crowded, diseases spread so fast, they're so underfunded, and ALMOST NO ONE ADOPTS CATS. Generally, Koreans think of small dogs are cute toys, but they think of cats as evil. If you really wanted to adopt a cat from Korea instead your local shelter, it would cost you more for transportation and such, but Sunnan would probably try to get it done. Many of the cats are socialized; it was so sad and great at the same time to see these cats jump on my shoulders or stand up on their hind legs with their forepaws on my legs, asking for attention, and hearing about how fearful they were. No wonder, since their experience with humans up till then would have been rocks. But yes, spending your time at home and helping out KAPS and/or local/national organizations financially would probably be much more effective.
BTW, cat and dog eating may be cultural in China, but it's not a very long tradition, if it as a tradition, in Korea. It's not mainstream, and it only started a few decades ago during the Korean War.
All the people who threaten violence against those who boil cats, and still boil chickens themselves, why not do to yourself first what you threaten against others? No one deserves to be boiled alive, and no one deserves to be the victim of what you threaten. Not yourself, not Korean cat-boilers, not Nazis.
As for lobsters, a lot of restaurants SERVE them alive and conscious. They pull off the tail and stuff, then the lobsters are eating alive and in peices. There are several fish dishes where the fish is openend up and eating alive as well. Suffering is everywhere, and I believe the answer is to do what we can to stop it, not be apathetic.
FROM: Animal Rights Online (ARO) EnglandGal@aol.com
One By Name
Other customs often appall
self-righteousness blinds us all
We dislike what others eat
our loved pets they call meat
Other customs other places
all that differ are the faces
We point and we judge so quick
calling them cruel and sick
Others may eat cats and dogs
but what of our cows and hogs?
Eaten are the ones we adore
but does that mean pets suffer more?
All suffer til they are dead
and the life's blood is just as red
Do they not die the same
though we only call one by name?
We accept our brutal way
and judge our equals every day
Still we blindly refuse to admit
it differs not whose throat was slit.
Mary Alice Pollard,
Canadian Voice for Animals UK Representative
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