The recent years have brought a great deal of natural disasters that have struck all over the world. During these sad, and tumultuous times many animals were lost, abandoned, and forgotten. The images are heart wrenching.
In recent years, it is uplifting to see there are those willing to organize and lead rescue efforts for these animals, giving a voice where there was silence. I applaud these people for their patience, persistence, and compassion. I give them a standing ovation for seeing animals not as just “pets” but as companions who mean so much more. These people are leading the way all over the world to many victories for our animal companions.
One such victory came this past week in China. A long standing festival dating back to the Ming dynasty has been banned due to a strong social outcry. The festival is a celebration of a battle where the army snuck into town and killed all dogs so they could not alert the town’s people of the invasion. After winning the battle the dogs were eaten in a celebratory feast. Fifteen thousand dogs were slaughtered annually at the festival.
In recent years, sympathy for dogs has greatly increased in China and pet ownership is rising as well. Ending this 600 year old practice is quite a victory. It just goes to show that when people come together for a just cause one win leads to another. This ban not only saved the lives of these animals, but showed the world the people of China are willing to stand up for what they believe in and are working for animals rights.
For more information read the full article in the Huffington Post.