China is expanding rapidly, and it’s a vital location for the animal rights movement. And although animal welfare is a new concept in China and in the region as a whole, there is no other country in which the movement is growing faster. PETA Asia is at the forefront of this groundbreaking social movement—and we need your help.
While we’re making progress, there’s still much to be done. We’ve conducted some important undercover investigations of the fur trade in China—now the world’s largest exporter of fur—and found that raccoon dogs are beaten with steel pipes and left to die slowly as they writhe in agony in full view of other animals and that rabbits’ necks are broken while the animals are still conscious and able to feel pain. Millions of dogs and cats are also killed for their fur in China. This fur is often deliberately mislabeled as fur from other animals before it is exported to the West.
We recently learned that there are plans to build the world’s largest foie gras farm at Poyang Lake in China’s Jiangxi province. Birds raised for foie gras are force-fed up to 4 pounds of grain and fat every day via a pneumatic tube that is rammed down their throats. The birds often suffer from internal hemorrhaging, and they can become so debilitated that they can move only by pushing themselves along the ground with their wings. There are no penalties for abusing birds in China.
PETA Asia works closely with local activists and groups throughout China as well as with Chinese celebrities to help raise awareness about these and other animal issues. For example, we recently unveiled our first-ever Chinese “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” ad, which starred popular actor, singer, and writer Annie Yi. Our exclusive video interview with Annie has been watched by more than a quarter-million people in China.
Chinese actor Li Xiaoran and model Cara G also spoke out against fur, and Cara starred in an Earth Day ad urging people to go vegetarian to help save the planet. Taiwanese pop star Show Luo teamed up with PETA Asia for an ad promoting animal adoption.
PETA Asia is also having a phenomenal impact online—from our Chinese website and blog to social media sites. A PETA tweet about the Canadian seal slaughter got more than 15,000 retweets in China.
Here’s where you come in. It takes a lot of dedicated people to stop animal suffering, and PETA Asia is looking for smart, compassionate, hardworking people to join our team. If you speak Mandarin and are passionate about ending animal abuse—or if you know someone who meets those criteria—please check out our current job openings and send in your résumé.
Posted by Jason Baker