Many Chinese people living in Mainland China are influenced by the Buddhist and Daoist practises of vegetarianism and being ‘kind’ to animals. As a Communist country – it is well known that Karl Marx spoke-out against the barbarity of the industrialised farming system and its drive to produce great amounts of cheaply produced ‘meat’ for human consumption. Many people in China have an idea of Animal Rights that is deeply entrenched in their psyche, and the product of thousands of years of continuous culture – although, of course, some Chinese people do eat meat (either regularly or occasionally). As China has prospered since 1949, the government has banned the eating of cats and dogs – simply because it is not necessary, as other types of meat is far more available and easier to acquire (where this ‘illegal’ activity continues – it is carried-out by criminal gangs that are severely punished when caught). However, many Western Animal Rights groups use the excuse of ‘animal welfare’ as a means to propagate ‘anti-Chinese’ racism disguised as ‘concern’ for standards of animal care. During this activity, the Chinese people are portrayed as ‘sub-human’ and their behaviour toward animals as ‘barbaric’. This is nothing more than a racist stereotype in operation that is very common in the West. Questionable petitions, photo-shopped pictures and fake stories are used to rope-in unsuspecting people in supporting a racist attack upon China, justified by a fallacious sense of Eurocentric ‘moral outrage’. This demonstrates the ‘imperialist’ nature of many of these supposed ‘Animal Rights’ groups in the West, the members of which express no concern for the inequalities their fellow human beings suffer, the animal cruelty prevalent in the West (due to Christian dogma that animals ‘have no souls’), or the fact that most of them live very close to a 24 hour slaughter factory! Before assisting in these racist attacks on China, always take time to check the validity of the story, and assess whether the there is any better way of approaching the situation. Many people in China love animals and strive daily to improve conditions, and would welcome a constructive Western input premised upon equality and mutual respect.