Chinese Performance Artist Protests Against Eating Dog Meat

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Original Chinese Language Article: By Zhou Ying (周颖)

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

‘At the time of the cold winter solstice, the dog meat is plump.’ The Chinese have always had the custom of eating dog meat at the winter solstice. In recent years the topic of eating dog meat at the winter solstice has become hotly discussed by the general public in China, many of whom are opposed to eating dog meat and have made their voices heard. As the winter solstice approached this year, the ‘Yi’ family of Guiyang killed a dog at the entrance of their shop. As this happened, the performance artist named Pian Shan Kong stripped naked and placed himself in a dog cage, whilst appealing to everybody not to kill dogs and eat their meat! Although some witnesses were critical – asking why it was that he did not protest about the eating of fish, poultry, pigs and sheep – many others showed open support for his actions.

During the evening of the 19.12.2011, the 40 year-old performance artist from Guiyang – Pian Shan Kong – took off his clothes, and whilst wearing only his underwear, he climbed into the metal cage that just 20 minutes before had housed the dog that had been slaughtered. He assumed a posture like that of a dog, together with a frightened attitude, in the hope that he could inspire compassion and loving kindness in the minds of those watching.

As he climbed into the cage – members of the Guiyang Protection Life Association – immediately gathered around and lifted-up placards asking the people not to eat dog meat. The shop staff who saw this demonstration, stopped the slaughter immediately, cleared away the evidence and closed the shop. Witnesses reported that many local people agreed with Pian Shan Kong’s protest and supported his protest, whilst others thought it was hypocritical because of the focusing of the demonstration only upon the killing and eating of dogs.

Pian Shan Kong has been involved in a number of actions designed to apology on behalf of humanity for cruel behaviour against animals, and inspire others to be kind and considerate to animals. He believes that humanity should cherish all animal life. Last year he built a 5m circular wooden food bowl with two cleavers stuck in the wood. He climbed on top of this structure and kowtowed an apology for humanity’s behaviour toward a group of assembled dogs that were tied-up.

Last year – Pian Shan Kong – began a 3 year project of travelling around all the zoos in China, entering cages and bowing his head to the ground in apology to all the animals. He has already travelled over the southwest of China, including Yunnan, and Sichuan. This includes a visit to Changsha Ecological Zoo where he bowed to tigers, leopards, pythons, and chickens, etc.

Some critics of Pian Shan Kong have asked why he took this opportunity to make his point, and why he does not seem to care about the welfare of other animals. This criticism is based upon some people in China thinking that eating dog meat is acceptable, and that the preservation of ‘life’ should not be extended to include animals or animal rights. Pian Shan Kong disagrees and has replied to this criticism by explaining that when he bows to dogs in apology for humanity’s brutal behaviour toward them, he is in fact bowing out of respect to all animal life. He sincerely hopes that through his behaviour, humanity will change its attitudes toward dogs – and all animals.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2015.

Original Chinese Language Article:

http://www.01ny.cn/article-257330-1.html

行为艺术家钻狗笼呼吁勿吃狗肉

“寒冬至,狗肉肥。”中国人历来有冬至吃狗肉的习俗。近年来,吃不吃狗肉成为每个冬至公众热议的话题,反对吃狗肉的声音也时有所闻。临近冬至,贵阳一家杀狗店门口,行为艺术家片山空赤身钻进狗笼,呼吁大家不要吃狗肉。对他的行为,有人支持,也有人质疑,认为“片山空”等行为艺术家向狗下跪请罪是炒作,他为何不给鸡鸭鱼猪牛羊轮着下跪?

行为艺术家钻狗笼反对吃狗肉

19日下午,40岁的贵阳行为艺术家片山空脱掉身上的衣服,仅剩短裤钻进一只狗笼里,在一家屠宰店门口待了20分钟。他蜷缩在铁笼内摆出各种可怜的姿势,希望能以此唤醒人们的怜悯之心,不再吃狗肉。

活动现场,贵阳保护生命协会成员围着笼子,高举倡议人们别吃狗肉的标语牌。屠宰店工作人员见状立即停止屠杀,收拾东西关了门。据调查,很多现场观众表示支持片山空不吃狗肉的观点。但也有观众表示质疑,认为他是在炒作,想出名,“这样作秀实在没必要”。

曾多次跪拜动物替人类谢罪

据了解,片山空每到冬至来临,总能想到一些特殊的行为,来倡导人类爱护动物。去年,他就制作了一个直径近5米的圆形菜墩,在上面插上了两把大刀。随后站在这块菜墩上,向一群残疾狗磕头谢罪。

去年冬天片山空曾表示,计划在三年内走遍全国各地的动物园,向包括狗在内的所有笼子里的动物下跪,替人类请罪。至今已走遍云南、四川等西南地区,曾在长沙生态动物园跪拜了包括老虎、豹子、蟒蛇、鸡在内的所有动物。

网友质疑:为何不给鸡鸭鱼猪牛羊轮着下跪?

不过,对他这种行为的质疑声音似乎更多。有人认为,片山空等行为艺术家向狗下跪请罪是炒作,他为何不给鸡鸭鱼猪牛羊轮着下跪?

也有人认为,爱狗并没有错,但是打着“生命”的旗号,就有炒作的嫌疑。生命无贵贱,狗不能吃,难道猪、牛、羊就能吃得心安理得?网友“刘柏柏”说,世间万物都有生命,这样说来,人还可以吃什么?

面对质疑,片山空曾说,狗只是所有动物的代表。只要看到菜市场有被困待杀的动物下跪,他也会下跪请罪。他曾坦言,他的行为确实是炒作,他就是想让大家都知道,有一个人在以这样的方式,替人类向动物谢罪。

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