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Friends or food? Cats and dogs tortured for Cantonese palette

What will it take to stop East Asians, especially the citizens in the Chinese province of Guangdong eating dog/cat meat? Especially when even the Olympics warrants a clean-up, Chinese style where Beijing 2008 propagate death camp for cats and dogs.

But it seems there is hope. From animalsasia:

If you want to help, write a polite letter to your local Chinese embassy (www.travelchinaguide.com/embassy/) explaining your concerns, and the urgent need for legislation to protect dogs, cats and other animals from this kind of horrific treatment. The Chinese authorities must be made to realise that these kinds of practices reflect badly on China and her people on the international stage. Also, please consider helping by donating to Animals Asia’s Friends….or Food? campaign.

For more info – Cats:

Cats in China are on the menu, and in the media

Recent increase in media reports and public outrage at horrific trade

Cats bound for the Guangdong catmeat market
Stacked on top of each other in horrific conditions, cats await sale in a Guangzhou market.

The struggle to end dog and cat eating in China, and the horrific cruelty associated with the trade, was a major reason for the formation of Animals Asia 10 years ago. Through our Friends….or Food? campaign, this issue remains very much at the core of our work.

Recent reports in the Chinese media have once again focused attention on this barbaric practice. The Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper, based in the southern city of Guangzhou in Guangdong province (the centre of dog and cat eating in China), reported on 17 December that a group of traffickers had shipped around 1,500 live cats from Jiangsu province into Guangdong, for sale to restaurants in cities there, and that thousands more were being transported every day.

Con’t reading…

Dogs:

New year brings hope for Chinese dogs
Animals Asia helps save 149 dogs from illegal meat trader

Animals Asia Foundation is funding the rescue of 149 dogs from an illegal trader in Sichuan province. The dogs, crammed together in tiny cages, had been bound for a meat market in the southern city of Guangzhou, China’s dog-eating capital.

The dogs were confiscated from the trading station in Pengzhou, 30 kilometres north of Chengdu, by the local Animal Husbandry Bureau after it discovered the trader was operating without a licence. The officials were notified of the situation by Mr Qiao Wei, the operator of Qiming Rescue Centre in Chengdu, who had received a tip-off about the dogs.All 149 dogs were taken to the rescue centre yesterday (31 December) and released into the quarantine area.
A truck containing cages crammed with petrified dogs arrives at Qi Ming rescue centre.

Animals Asia’s Founder and CEO, Jill Robinson, along with a team from the foundation’s Moon Bear Rescue centre in Chengdu, including Education Manager Rainbow Zhu, vet Leanne Clark and vet nurse Emily Gorman, were at the shelter when the dogs arrived.

“The dogs were in an appalling condition, many of them very thin and clearly in shock,” Ms Robinson said. “I hate to think how long they had been in those cages, many of them packed in so tightly that they were piled on top of each other. We heard terrible screams coming from some of the cages, where terrified dogs were biting each other.”


A terrified dog waits to be released.

She said many of the dogs were wearing collars and were possibly stolen pets; some were pure-breeds, including two dalmatians and a chocolate labrador; others had been collected as strays from the streets. She appealed to families in Pengzhou that had lost their dogs to contact the rescue centre.

Con’t reading…

Once again:

If you want to help, write a polite letter to your local Chinese embassy (www.travelchinaguide.com/embassy/) explaining your concerns, and the urgent need for legislation to protect dogs, cats and other animals from this kind of horrific treatment. The Chinese authorities must be made to realise that these kinds of practices reflect badly on China and her people on the international stage. Also, please consider helping by donating to Animals Asia’s Friends….or Food? campaign.

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Getting street smart in Guangzhou

Singapore has had a properly researched and duly annotated paper on an honest-to-goodness real-life TNRM project right here in Singapore, by no less than a high-ranking staff of the AVA. And yet, the cat massacre of 2003 happened, thanks to figety men-in-power who jumped because of the word ‘cat’ in the source of the SARS virus – civet cats. To-date, we’re still pussyfooting about the issue of effective homeless animal population control. How much more love/hate, lazy AND ignorant can Singapore get with TNRM?

But look at this post in the animalsasia blog. If even this doesn’t show the logic, compassion and beauty of TNRM, we humans have evolved the biggest brain of all Earth’s creatures past and present in vain. Even more amazing is the fact this is about cats in Guangzhou, the cat, dog and exotic meat eating capital of China, if not the world. Authorities of Singapore, are you listening? Really listening?

Street cats in Guangzhou (the cat-eating capital of China) have a second chance thanks to an amazing group working there on the ground (helped by much-needed funds from Animals Asia).

Previously, as the population of strays began to grow, residents were complaining about the noise and the smell, and many took the matter into their own hands by killing the cats.

Enter Xixi Cat volunteers who literally scooped these animals off the streets, and took them to local vet, Dr John Wu, for a quick de-sexing surgery, before releasing them back into the community. So far, 28 neutered cats have been put back on the streets and a recent survey now shows a staggering 96% support for the trap, neuter, release programme from the local residents! Please click here to read more about this fabulous work – showing how cats and the community can live in harmony!

Bear bile farms beyond China: Korea and Vietnam

Though China is where their work started, Animalsasia.org runs bear bile farm victim rescue efforts in Vietnam too.

But these are not the only 2 countries that engage in the cruel and inhumane practice of bear bile farming. Nor are their citizens the only consumers of bear bile and other bear products. The biggest buyers of bear bile are Koreans and Japanese.

Please help Korea's Moon BearsKorea itself has bear bile farms, with the same cruelty and inhumanity. But the Korean bear victims are not without friends either.

If you can, please read the news section on moonbears.org. There is a poignant entry under the March 2008 header: Brutality and Horror, the shame of South Korea 2008. (Includes graphic imagery). I wanted to add a picture of dead newborn cubs killed by adults or starvation lined up just so, looking like shrivelled kidney beans to illustrate the cruelty. But I will it to those who are willing to SEE and understand to click on the news section url.

To people who refuse to look at images, the cruelty of bear bile farming may not be coming across as intensely as it should. Perhaps, the word ‘farm’ brings to mind too much misconceived notions of benevolence of farms of old and that damn nursery rhyme. To remove these mental cataracts, may this  text-only eye-witness account serve to convey the message without the graphical images. Remember, when you read or see a graphical description, you are only affected mentally and temporarily. But the reality is endured DAILY by the bears on bear bile farms.

(emphasis mine)

The cruelty of sucking gallbladder juice (bile) from live bears in China

World Journal, Wednesday, April 15, 1998
(By Youn Show Lee; translated by Vicky Ho Lynn from the Chinese)

“The cruelty of sucking gallbladder juice from live bears in China”

A few months ago while on a business trip, I had a chance to visit Angel Bridge at the foot of Long Day Mountain in China. At that time, we also went to explore a large bear farm which is surrounded by forest and beautiful scenery — it is truly an isolated paradise. All of sudden I saw about fifteen large cages with bears in them. The farm owner told me this is a gallbladder farm, the purpose of which is to continuously extract fluid from the bears’ gallbladders. Because of the high demand, it is an extremely profitable business.

When we arrived at the farm, the bears and the caretaker seemed to be getting along very well, all was calm. Suddenly four huge men showed up and the bears suddenly started screaming fearfully and rocking their cages hard as if they saw a ghost. The caretaker told me every morning at eight o’clock liquid is drawn from their gallbladders. Around seven-forty-five, the bears become agitated and have no appetite to eat and they start screaming and crying desperately for help.

In white uniforms, and without any emotion on their faces, the four men went into one of the cages. They quickly used a steel wire to snatch the bear by the neck, at which point the bear’s eyes bulged out and it started gnashing its teeth and crying. They are so scared to death and this trauma causes them to defecate at the same time.

In the bear’s stomach, there is a hole with a steel tube inserted directly into the gallbladder. Outside the area there is a plastic tube connected to the steel tube for drawing the liquid. The area is covered tightly with surgical tape. When the time comes, the tape and cover are removed and a syringe is used to withdraw the green liquid from the gallbladder. Three big men went in and pressed bear’s 4 legs with force and inserted a syringe into plastic tube. When the dark green gallbladder juice was sucked from bear’s body, the poor bear opened her mouth so big, her two eyes were bulging and her entire body was trembling so hard throughout the whole procedure.

This kind of severe torturing went on for about two hours until all the bears had been subjected to the same torture. The crying and screaming was so hard and loud and echoed the entire mountain and valley. It frightened me so much, my heart ached and my head started spinning.

After this unthinkable torture, the bears used their paws to hold their stomachs. They curled up and shivered and I could see tears in their bright little eyes…

Around 10:30, someone cried out that there had been an accident in cage number 5. We followed the owner to rush into the bear farm and were shocked at what we saw. A brown bear had managed to pull out his own intestines and was holding them up in the air, roaring and screaming, as if he were madly “protesting” the cruelty and insanity of the humans. There was blood all over the cage. It was so difficult to watch such a suicidal scene. Never in my life had I been in such shock or so devastated. At that time, someone rang the security alarm, immediately people rushed into the bear farm and waving the sharp ax and big steel hook. The owner shouted :”Hurry to ‘rescue’ the bear paws!” The man in the cage was reluctant to continue to go forward. But the owner stamped his feet and kept yelling: “You have to cut them off while the bear is alive. That is the only way they are saleable!” Right after that, I saw the sharp ax swung and the number 5 bear’s paws were immediately chopped off with blood gushing out…..

Perhaps the killing smell filled in the cage number 5. The other bears then suddenly started to cry and scream sadly and desperately again and had the tendency to be violent. It shook the whole island. The farm owner had a butcher background. When the bears appeared ready to act violently and workers were panicking and running away, the owner stopped them and ordered them to put “steel jackets” on five of the most aggressive bears and give them a shot of morphine. As soon as the bears saw the “steel jackets”, they immediately became quiet. It seemed the bears all got the painful lessons from the “steel jackets”, otherwise they would not calm down so quickly.

This whole unbelievable incident affected me so deeply that their sad and innocent faces haunted me day and night and will continue to haunt me until the day I die. I felt a strong need to expose this incident to the world. Please widely distribute this true story and hope that everyone who reads this will do something to stop this kind of insanity from Chinese bear farms and to help these desperate poor creatures. Definitely, the Chinese Animals protection law needs to be improved, urgently.

Reference: Vicky Ho Lynn, founder of “Asians for Humans, Animals & Nature(AHAN)”.

email address: AHAN@worldnet.att.net
Tel: 415-379-9937 , Fax: 415-379-9938
Address: 3739 Balboa Street, Suite 228
San Francisco, CA 94121 U.S.A.

Copies of the article in Chinese may be obtained by contacting Ms. Lynn

Reprinted from:
Rudi4Animals/action4.html

Bear bile victims in the north and east of Asia are mostly, but not limited to, native moon bears (which is why I highlighted “brown bear” in red in the article to illustrate). While we talk about bears, we can’t forget that there are other bears victimised by humanity too. Closer to home, I would like to remind everybody again, please do not forget the sunbears of Borneo.

From polar bears to the farmed moon bears of Asia, ALL bear species are threatened or endangered. Even if they are not, there is no call to abuse and exploit them the way humans have been doing. Remember the bears, and their unbearable future that humans have forced upon them, because it doesn’t have to be so hopeless – SPEAK UP.

China bans dog from Olympic menu

Dogs are getting a very temporary reprieve from slaughter in Beijing due to the Olympics. A farcical and pretentious gesture, especially since cats and dogs are being culled in the name of the Games. Is offence at the cruelty of dog (AND cat meat eating) limited to non-Chinese during the Olympic season?

From animalsasia.org

As you may have read recently, China has ordered dog meat to be taken off the menu at its 112 official Olympic restaurants in Beijing in order to avoid offending foreign visitors. Restaurant workers have been advised to suggest other options to diners who order dog and Xinhua, China’s official news agency has reported that any restaurant found violating the ban will be black-listed. The ban forbids all designated Olympic restaurants from offering dog and urges other food outlets to remove the meat from menus, for the duration of the games.

Animals Asia welcomes the ban and has asked the Chinese authorities to issue a permanent ban on dog and cat eating in recognition that it is not just foreigners offended by the practice, but Chinese citizens too.

You can read our recent Press Release on the issue here and view our two Community Service Video’s here and hereIf you are traveling to China this year, please help its dogs and cats by refusing to support the industry that so cruelly tortures and slaughters them.

The same measure was adopted during Seoul 1988, but today, TWO decades later, alongside China, Korea still shares the disgrace of being a dog and cat eating nation. Animal death camps, whether in China or elsewhere cause the same suffering.

As with such issues, armchair critics do tend to take potshots without thinking things through or looking first in their own backyards. So I’ll add here a quote and ask anyone who wants to condemn all of China wholesale, to please make sure you’re not abetting this atrocity:

Undercover videos taken for Swiss Animal Protection, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and the Humane Society show Chinese dogs and cats trucked to market without food and water, pulled from their cages, sometimes disemboweled, sometimes bashed on the ground to stun them, then hanged by wires, and skinned alive. These investigations led to a ban on the importation of dog and cat fur to the United States, Australia and a few countries in the Europe Union in the early 2000s. A full EU ban will take effect on Jan. 1, 2009.

These steps haven’t ended the killing. A 2008 investigation by the Humane Society revealed that Chinese dog and cat fur continues to be exported to Russia, where it’s turned into clothing and figurines. Since borders are porous, and only a DNA test can reveal the difference between the fur of domestic and wild species, the trade from China to Russia and on to other countries continues.

Set against the great human persecutions that China supports, the loss of these 2 million dogs and cats may seem insignificant. Nonetheless, each one of them is a life, full of consciousness and joy, as anyone who has lived with a dog or cat knows. Many of them are pets, mourned by Chinese families. It’s one more shadow cast by the Olympic flame.

From:

An Olympic Disgrace

The current spotlight on China’s human rights record fails to illuminate its cruel and inhumane treatment of dogs and cats.

By Ted Kerasote

 

‘Other countries’ where fur products land up include Singapore, my home country just 1 degree north of the equator.

News: Anger at Qingdao’s live goldfish keyring

Yet another instance of greed and thoughtless cruelty

 

 

Anger at Qingdao’s live goldfish keyring

Sebastian Hassett
June 11, 2008

LIVE goldfish trapped inside novelty plastic keyrings are being sold to the public in the Chinese city where Olympic sailing events will take place later this year. The items, which are not official Games merchandise, have been condemned by animal rights groups, who called on authorities in Qingdao to ban them.

Without access to oxygen and food, the fish cannot live for much longer than a few hours. Aimed at children, the keyring – which sports an image of Huanhuan, a young boy who is one of five mascots for the Games – is said to be selling fast in markets.

“The fish would survive just a few hours and would be lucky to make it from the manufacturers to the point of sale,” an RSPCA spokeswoman said. “We can’t understand why anyone would want to buy it.”

The RSPCA said it would be calling on Chinese authorities to crack down on the sale of the items. “It is a gimmick … This product shows a shocking lack of respect for a living thing and should be withdrawn from sale,” the spokeswoman said.

 

This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/06/10/1212863644427.html

Help AnimalsAsia help victims of the China earthquake

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Readers know about my gripe on cruelty to bears, especially bear-bile victims like “Peace”. This time, more than bears are affected. In reference to Disaster Relief – Where does your help go?, please also spare a thought for the animal victims of the disasters if you are able to help.

AnimalsAsia.org is not only caring for the bear victims they rescued from the cruel bear-bile farms of China, they are also helping other animal victims of the earthquake, being in the quake zone itself. Though the sanctuary structure and the bears are safe, some of the buildings are not. Despite this, the workers remain more anxious for the bears and are determined to stay on despite orders to evacuate. In addition, they are making daily trips into the disaster zone to rescue trapped animals and going to refugee camps to treat and offer to foster pets (more here), as China authorities have instituted a cull-on-sight policy regarding all non-human survivors. Note that the animalsasia team helps not only animal but human victims as well.

They are also trying to reach the bear-victims still trapped in affected farms, even though their efforts are not reciprocated.

Here are excerpts from the latest post on the animalsasia blog about their quake rescue work:

As of today, 112 dogs and five cats have been rescued from the earthquake.

However, arriving in to Dujiangyiang only about half of the people had showed …The local policy and cull is not an idle threat and any dogs and cats found will be killed, so we will need to follow up with more calls and persuade them to come in.

Two minutes later a tiny tabby kitten was also thrust into our hands – both would need to come back to our hospital for some extra care.

This lovely old man (pictured below with “Tudo” and Heather) had come to us a week earlier with his small spitz dog.

“This dog is very special. He saved his owner’s life”. Intrigued, we asked the man to tell his story.

He recounted how on 12 May, he was at home making his bed and changing sheets. Suddenly his dog, “Tudo”, (potato in Chinese) started behaving bizarrely, snapping at the man’s legs and then running outside. Puzzled, the old man followed the dog and seconds later the earthquake hit, causing the man’s entire house to collapse. “This dog saved my life,” he said. “His life is as important as my own, I do not want to lose him, but now I am living in a tent and hiding him. I am worried he will be taken away. Also I can no longer get meat for him and so I have been feeding him rice and noodles, but I think he will get sick”.

Judy, our tireless volunteer, had asked if we were going back to the pet market to see if there were any animals we’d previously missed and, as the day was quiet, we thought it was probably a good idea to return. I’m so glad we did. There in a tiny cage was an even tinier golden retriever; so frail, bone-thin legs – and rickets. The pet shop owner said he wanted to keep him because he was still worth money and my heart dropped.

Rainbow was not deterred however, and began quietly talking with the man while I opened the cage door and scooped up a feather-light animal weighing a fraction of what he should. I don’t know what Rainbow said, but within minutes the pet shop owner simply said we could have him for free because he knew this dog would be going to a good home. We didn’t waste any time and virtually ran out of the square with “Richter” in our arms, into the van, and home.

The AnimalsAsia folks are doing what they can, trying to care for the bears and animals already at the sanctuary and taking in as many as they are able to. Please help them to help the victims of the earthquake.

Here’s an appeal email from AnimalsAsia sent on 4 Jun 08 for reference:

From: “info@animalsasia.org” <info@animalsasia.org>
To: calsifer
Sent: Wednesday, June 4, 2008 4:07:26 PM
Subject: Animals Asia’s earthquake relief efforts.

We need your help urgently!

Dear calsifer,

It’s now almost three weeks since the devastating earthquake hit Sichuan in China and the full horror of the tragedy is really hitting home. As many as 90,000 people could have died in the quake and its aftershocks, which are still causing panic throughout the province. More than 365,000 people are injured, many of them also losing their homes and livelihoods.

Animals Asia is extremely fortunate and grateful that no staff or animals at our Moon Bear Rescue Centre in Chengdu were hurt, but we too are facing a difficult time. We are in urgent need of donations to deal with two emergencies arising from the earthquake. First we are racing against time to rescue dogs and cats from a town in northern Sichuan, where the authorities have ordered a cull of all companion animals; and second, we need to rebuild four of the buildings at our sanctuary.

Four of our main buildings, including the big office and accommodation blocks have been so badly damaged that they will need to be completely rebuilt at a cost of hundreds of thousands of US dollars. A fifth building needs repairs. Initially, onsite staff (who launched an immediate donations drive among themselves for earthquake victims) were sleeping on the floors of the quarantine area for new bear arrivals, but are now crammed into the remaining buildings that have been deemed safe.

But rebuilding will come later. Right now, there are more urgent needs. Rescuing already traumatised family dogs and cats from being shot or beaten to death in the city of Dujiangyiang – one of the worst-hit areas is our highest priority. The authorities there have ordered a cull of all dogs and cats, even if they have owners, adding to the misery of survivors who are clinging to their pets for comfort.

We have set up a hotline and a receiving station at a local vet clinic for earthquake victims to surrender their dogs to us for safe-keeping until they are back on their feet and can take them back. Many people, terrified that their much-loved dogs would be killed in front of them have been hiding them in the ruins of their homes and risking their lives to go and feed them.

We have promised those who have handed us their pets that we will make sure they are well cared for. If, after six months, they are still unable to take their pets back, we will continue to look after them until they can be reunited. If they decide they can’t take their pets back, we will try to rehome the animals.

So far, we have rescued around 100 dogs and brought them to Chengdu’s Qi Ming Pet Rescue Centre, which can take about 100 more. We have also rescued some cats and a few starving dogs that have been found wandering around looking for food. We are giving each a health check and vaccination and will build a quarantine facility for the dogs at the shelter and provide them with food. All this too, of course, will cost money – and we’re not sure how long we’ll have to provide for these dogs.

I am the first person to question where donations are going in a crisis situation and I can assure you that any donation you make to our earthquake appeal will go directly to our work rescuing dogs and cats from the earthquake zone, vaccinating against rabies, building quarantine kennels at the Qi Ming shelter and supplying other local shelters with food and medical help. Being here on the ground, I will ensure your donation goes first to distraught dogs and cats. Any funds left over will go to rebuilding our bear sanctuary.

Given the enormity of the Sichuan tragedy, this is a difficult time for us to raise funds, as donors are understandably channelling their donations to the human victims of the earthquake. So please, if you are considering donating to the earthquake relief effort, remember that animals are victims too – and by giving to us, you may be helping to save the only family member a survivor has left.

Warm wishes,

Jill

Jill Robinson MBE
Founder and CEO
Animals Asia Foundation

PS: Don’t forget to check my blog for regular updates on how we’re helping earthquake survivors – both animals and people.
For more information visit Jill blog – www.animalsasia.org/blog

To donate now please go to our website www.animalsasia.org.

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Disaster Relief – Where does your help go?

By now, anyone not living in a vacuum would know about the Myanmar cyclone/flood and Chinese earthquake. While China’s situation, though newer, appears to be more manageable due to a more sympathetic and cooperative hand at the helm, the Myanmarese victims are still facing dire conditions. (Though it seems some of Myanmar’s problems are being reenacted)

Everywhere, people are rushing to help and donate, in personal or corporate or governmental capacities. However, with the situation in Myanmar, with aid still slowly trickling in (at the wilfulness of the junta), food and much needed help may not be reaching the victims, or used by the people it is intended for. Even when Burmese extend helping hands, the junta slaps them, and victims receive meagre rations of rotten rice while relief effort-delivered good quality rice was kept for itself. In fact, the Myanmarese rulers continues to seize aid resources while refusing to allow aid workers to enter and do the important work of helping and relieving the suffering of the victims.

Therefore, it is important to channel your aid through effective mediums. Take note especially of Otterman‘s: Mary Callahan on “donations in relief of the disaster in Burma/Myanmar”. Also note this post by mrsbudak:

Aid to Burma

14th May, 2008 at 9:17 AM

baby K, tommy HK stray, MV Agusta Brutale, P plate, Melbourne Aquarium, sian angel, raisin oatmeal, zombie cat, nongla, CNY cat in basin, Angel Mommy, Muffin, Ring, Angel piano, nike shoes, Rasin cookies jar, Angel disapproves, Angel sleeping by Mac, red blue pills, me on bike u-turn, Angel new zombie, cat spit, Angelbox, quietangel, Angel pensive

For those who are keen to donate to help the people of Burma, two posts for consideration:

From [info]elyrie: Burma crisis: an addendum
From the Global Refuge website:

According to GRI’s partners inside Burma, the death total has already hit 100,000 but could be as high as 250,000. This is a more realistic estimate than the official number of 40,000 dead released by the junta government, especially since very little lifesaving aid has reached the people of Burma. Oxfam believes the number could rise to 1.5 million if no aid is allowed into the country…the people of Burma have gathered into more than 700 camps in Yangon and left to cope alone without government help. There is no good drinking water and very limited food available in the camps…
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An update from my friend, who is currently in Bangkok:

  • All NGO and UN agencies have been put on delay for visas, and 9 out of every 10 visas are being rejected;
  • GRI is currently moving supplies overland through Thailand into Burma by trucks;
  • Airlift of supplies will begin this week;
  • GRI is one of only two groups granted access to the delta areas, and they are assuming a leadership position in the Logistics cluster with WFP; other agencies such as IMC, Operation USA and IRC are offering resources but GRI is covering transportation and distribution due to their access to the delta areas.

Once again, if you want to give money, please think about helping out GRI – they have people and access within Burma. Most other agencies have resources, but not the kind of distribution network that GRI has.

In Singapore, a woman who donated SGD$100,000 in cash at the Red Cross for the Myanmar efforts. Perhaps the kind woman has done her homework and determined that the Red Cross is the best conduit through she can help the victims. However, while I do not discredit her or the Red Cross, we must remember to look in our own backlaned: we already have the old NKF saga, numerous sequels, and even some questionable fund-raisers to remind us that not everybody works with altruism.

How many Singaporens will continue to blindly donate? Everytime someone cries, whether it is wolf or otherwise, Singaporeans dig into their pockets without asking, like members of a herd docilely changing directions without asking the leader what’s happened to cause the change. I find that disturbing, because not only does doing so runs the risk of enriching only the undeserved, it may even impede the aid process when resources are not channelled effectively. Singaporeans should open their eyes, ask questions, and SEE where their kindness end up.

As ASEAN set to meet on Myanmar aid set on May 19 (how late is this?), and Aid Begins to Reach Myanmar Cyclone Survivors at last, we must not forget the animal victims either. WSPA is trying to provide aid to the animal victims. Please help if you can, because while no doubt humanity place emphasis on the succour of the human victims, the animal victims have their place in the victims’ lives, especially in the aftermath:

Philip Russell MBE, WSPA’s Director of Disaster Management, said: “No-one else, Governments, humanitarian NGOs or owners have the resources to care for these animals, most of which are owned by poor impoverished families. If those that survived die, so too will the livelihoods of thousands of people.”

He added that, as WSPA so often finds, when operating in emergencies many families will have or be in the process of selling off their remaining livestock at severely reduced prices to ensure some monetary value for immediate subsistence, mainly because they cannot now keep them alive.