I hope this post is okay, aokashi. You said no stereotyping and I am not trying to stereotype.
I am 100 percent Chinese myself and was raised in a traditional family. My parents grew up in rural China in a village of 3,000. I can say that I would never intentionally harm an animal. I have a one year old tabby cat and he is my baby. I would never consider him as food. And if the circumstances were bad, I would still feed him before myself.
I utterly despise stereotypes. It's really maddening reading things online about how all Asians are "the scrum of the Earth," "evil," "barbarians," etc., etc. I was watching a Youtube video the other day. Someone had taken a video of a stray dog seemingly trying to wake up his dead pal that had gotten hit by a car in the middle of the road. The person who took the video obviously meant to capture a sad moment where an animal appears to show human-like compassion. But since the video showed people of Chinese descent off to the side on the sidewalk, all the comments were talking about how it is no surprise that no one was stopping to help the dog because it happened in China and the Chinese don't care about dogs.
I had to laugh when I stumbled upon people saying that would never happen in America and Americans would've stopped to help... What all these people forget is that animals are killed by vehicles everyday everywhere. With how reliant humans are on cars for transportation, it is an inevitabilty.
Then I saw a Youtube video taken from a news report. In a village, the Chinese villagers were honouring the loyalty of a pet dog to its owner. The dog's master had died and he was guarding the elderly man's grave, even refusing to leave it to eat, despite coaxing by the villagers. The locals were touched and decided to build him a shelter next to his owner's grave. Yet almost all the comments were derrogatory and joked about how the dog is probably just knows that they will eat him if he goes back. A bunch of them were making fun of the man's grave, without knowing anything about Chinese traditions for burial. The body is usually buried first by piling dirt on top of it and eventually a permanent tomb is built around it. The man's grave was still under construction. So they were laughing at it.
I see the same thing over and over again, any time when something about animal cruelty happening in an Asian country surfaces. Often times, they are myths that get exaggerated or isolated cases that get over generalized. People need to think for themselves more and stop jumping to conclusions about places they've never even been to. Also, they need to remember that just because they hear about animal cruelty happening more in one place does not mean that it does not exist in others.
With that being said, I genuinely believe that people should not judge other people for eating animals they find disturbing and wrong to eat because of their own cultural upbringing. As long as the animal was treated with respect while it was alive and did not suffer needlessly when it was killed for food (and the population it came from is not at risk), why is it "wrong?" A concrete rational reason, I mean, and not just a reason based on emotional sentiments.
Last edited by Fenghuang; 04-25-2013 at 06:46 PM.