Tuesday, August 08, 2006

China/human right

China is a country where advocacy for abused animals is more recognized and permissible than advocacy for abused humans. Part of why the dog killing got so much attention is that unlike say, the number of people killed in a given mining accident, or the number of people executed for capital crimes, dead dog statistics aren't considered state secrets in China. Likewise, while NGOs in China that focus on issues like the rule of law or rights of workers have to tread carefully if they want to stay in business, people gathering to take in stray cats or protect pandas can operate freely. The coverage in the Chinese media served as a stark reminder of how seldom people in China are allowed to express similar outrage when it comes to cruelty toward other people.Time


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