Western society has a grim view of china’s relationship with domestic animals and animal welfare in general, as they should. There are signs of progress though, in particular with domestic animals and dogs are starting to ingratiate themselves into all areas of chinese society. Hopefully this will lead to a better understanding of the positive effects domestic animals have on society at large, improving our happiness and health in general and hopefully it will benefit all animals in china too. The images of china’s recent dog cull due to rabies outbreaks were barbaric and infuriating. But what was lost in those pictures were many of the chinese dog owners who wept as their dogs were taken or even beaten to death right in front of them. If one is to believe that america is greater and more passionate than the monster known as the american industrial farming complex, then so must we give china a chance to love furry friends on their laps, the way we do. One would assume that creating a bond with domestic animals would be the foundation for a greater love for animals as a whole.
The following are images of dogs playing a role in different areas of chinese society.
Chinese firemen doing a drill with their helping fire dog.
A chinese soldier trains with a dog (found here)
Dogs in China are increasingly being trained as guide dogs.
A celebration for the “year of the dog”.