I’d like to say a word on behalf of China’s animal rescue community, to anyone outside China:Thank you to LAS for writing this article..
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THERE ARE MANY, MANY GRASSROOTS RESCUE GROUPS IN CHINA! Diverse, numerous, very active, very capable, and they are currently kicking ass on all fronts! Some of the most experienced animal rescuers in the world are in China. Some of the most experienced veterinarians in the world are in China.
Just because you can’t read their language, doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
HERE’S THE DEAL: Facebook, Twitter and Youtube are all blocked in China. So, you’re not going to see a lot of information about most rescue groups in English or Chinese on Facebook.
Unless you’re able to use Chinese social media sites like Weibo and Wechat, you won’t have much idea how much is going on here.
And most of the Chinese rescuers tend to be far too modest about their rescues. They don’t post heroic photos of themselves; they don’t exaggerate their achievements; they work like hell without any formal support, without any animal protection laws and without much understanding from the wider society.
Some of the earliest rescue groups have had shelters here for almost two decades.
The most difficult, harrowing rescue you’ve ever seen in the West is probably nothing compared to the daily norm here:
– slaughterhouse, dog truck and dog restaurant rescues
– spending all one’s time and connections to try to get dogs out of the police pound or police station
– trying to rescue dogs and cats from communities where security guards and management are trying to kill all the dogs.
– dogs and cats that have suffered incredible abuse and mutilation
– highway and bridge rescues of terrified injured dogs and cats.
– having to constantly move one’s shelter every year or two.
So, ordinary individual animal rescuers in China, some of them part of small rescue groups, most acting totally without an umbrella, are facing tremendously difficult rescue challenges and doing so with no real support.
There is no animal care and control here. There is no animal protection law. It’s nearly impossible to register as a charity.
BUT…. they are rescuing. And doing so in great numbers! I know must at least 20 people who each have informal shelters with 100 or more dogs each, just in Beijing and Tianjin alone.
It’s a pity that Chinese groups can’t promote themselves more effectively to an international audience. It’s a pity that Facebook is blocked here.
The average Chinese animal rescuer is truly a hero, and I will always say with great honor, that I learned everything I know about rescue from my Chinese friends.