Many of us have long debased the country of China and its people as belonging to a degraded culture of cruelty and greed. In response, certain members of sciforums took it upon themselves to defend the people of China and berate those of us who find their behaviors unconscionable. This thread is a shout-out to those people in particular, spurred by the latest shutdown of an innocent thread about an interesting item of Chinese news, titled "China students receive IV infusions to nourish them while studying," which was supposed to demonstrate the dangers of taking educational endeavors to extremes. The thread was inexplicably locked by a moderator after only a few replies and I was labeled as racist against Chinese. It was this event that made me realize that things have gone too far, that items of trivia within Chinese news are rapidly becoming forbidden topics. Some of you may be wondering why a high proportion of my threads and discussions deal with China. And just like always, I'll be straight with you. Here are the pure, unadulterated reasons: I don't like the country, I don't like its people in general, and I believe that I have very good reasons for such. I believe that the country is an oppressive hell-realm and that its people are raised to be complacent materialists who consider human and animal lives on the basis of pure quantity, to be used, abused, and discarded as they see fit. No, I don't believe these aspects to be "inherent" within Chinese DNA, or some other racial crappola that some of the moronic thinkers on the forum would perhaps like to accuse me of in order to justify their baseless accusations of racism. Rather, I believe that the Chinese are trained to think that way throughout their upbringing. It's what their culture is based on, and I despise almost every aspect of it. I don't believe that the population is wholly at fault for that, as I believe that ethnic homogeneity and isolationism has played a part in their cultural development, but I still hold them accountable for their actions, the same way I would hold accountable a murderer who grew up in a broken, abusive home. The background and history of people helps explain -- but not excuse -- the actions of individuals. As a pet owner, what really grinds my gears is China's animal rights abuses in particular and their utter absence of laws surrounding that issue. Let me establish that I own two dogs, and if were to catch some little scumbag abusing either one of them, I would probably want to rip his head off with my bare hands. So, it should go without saying that when I see some article in the news about some mentally retarded Chinese whores strapping on high heel shoes and then stomping on a kitten, rabbit or dog (google the hundreds of articles on "crush videos" or simply view my prior thread here), I've got a problem with it. What is so hard about passing one goddamn animal rights law? We don't even need to talk about enforcing it. I'm talking about enacting a single, niggardly animal rights law so that they have something on the books to deter people from these abnormal behaviors. I already know why they won't, and I challenge anybody here to prove me wrong. It's because they simply don't give a shit, and I have a virtual tidal wave of historical evidence to back me up. Mahatma Gandhi once said the following: "the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." If we were to hold China to this philosophy, then they would be, in Gandhi's estimation, probably one of the least morally progressed countries in the world. China is a world leader in exporting body parts of endangered species. Their "traditional medicine" old wives tales kill off species by the dozens. They purposely torture animals because they believe that maximizing pain causes the animals' brains to secrete meat-sweetening chemicals. Putting China to the test bodes very badly for them. I see nothing wrong with applying Gandhi's philosophy either; it isn't a bad philosophy at all. However, I know the reasons behind why people try to suppress these kinds of sentiments in others. For one thing, a great number of people inwardly agree with my thoughts but are constantly pressured by certain other members into exhibiting a sense of shame for having those thoughts, and so they likewise become intolerant of people who outwardly voice those views. In that way, it's similar to the theory that homophobes feel aggravated by gays because they're actually secretly homosexual. If that theory has any validity to it, then those people shouldn't be feeling too good about themselves right now. The other prime reason is a refusal to see things in black and white. Seeing things in black and white usually forces you to take a stance. Often, people don't like to stick their neck out like that and they like to push all matters into a vague "gray area" because they believe it makes them seem more intellectual. We see the same mentality with certain populations living in oppression, such as muslim women in Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. "It's complicated," or "they're not really like that" or when video evidence is released, "it's an isolated incident." All statements which are wrong in this case. A traveling nurse who I know, who does missionary work abroad, just came back from China and promises me that they have no respect for animals whatsoever. Most of them *are* like that because as kids they learned that animals are simply meant to eat or use in some other way. He witnessed a small toddler throwing a cat around and jumping up and down on it, while his elders just stood around and laughed. They probably ate the cat later. A lot of times an issue is appropriately viewed in the "gray area," but you generally find that things fall more on one side than the other. So there you have it. Those are my reasons for bashing China. They have an utter lack of respect for life. Animal lives are commodities and human lives are nearly as cheap. By showing outrage at Chinese people, and making it clear that this is unacceptable behavior, those not involved come down even harder on those involved. It is the positive side to peer pressure. Does it seem unfair to slam an entire country? Yes, but putting aside a few hurt feelings, it's the only way to create change. Some cultures have a dark side. That is an undeniable reality in this world, and it is my carefully considered opinion that Chinese culture has a massive dark side when it comes to the treatment of animals.