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Animal Cruelty Adress is China-Please Boycott&Protest China!This is Heatbreaking,INHUMANE!!!
Dear Friends/Hola Amigos
I can't forget this photos,poor woman and her poor dog.
I am crying,where is the humanity,where are the laws?
Where are the life rights for all creatures?
Turkish Animal Protection Groups Member
HEARTBRAKING! !!!>>>>Take action see letter

Reuters - Fri Nov 3, 5:16 AM ET
A local resident begs security guards as her dog is captured during a raid to round up stray dogs in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province November 3, 2006.

Reuters - Fri Nov 3, 5:11 AM ET
A local resident holds her dog as it is captured by security guards during a raid to round up stray dogs in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province November 3, 2006. CHINA OUT REUTERS/Lang Lang (CHINA)

Reuters - Fri Nov 3, 5:08 AM ET
A local resident holds her dog as it is captured by security guards during a raid to round up stray dogs in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province November 3, 2006.

Reuters - Mon Nov 6, 3:40 AM ET
A dog is captured by a security guard during a stray dog raid in Suining, southwest China's Sichuan province, November 6, 2006. China's Ministry of Health reported a total of 1,874 rabies cases in China during the first eight months of

AP - Sat Nov 11, 2:51 AM ET
Demonstrators, angry over a crackdown on dogs, stage a protest demanding a stop to mass killings to control pet populations in China's capital Beijing Saturday Nov. 11, 2006.

Reuters - Mon Nov 6, 3:00 AM ET
A local resident looks at dog fur after authorities captured the stray dogs during a raid in Suining, southwest China's Sichuan province, November 6, 2006. China's Ministry of Health reported a total of 1,874 rabies cases in China during the

http://seattletimes .nwsource. com/html/ nationworld/ 2003405764_ chinadogs12. html
Protesters decry Chinese crackdown on dogs

Protesters hold up signs reading "Stop killing innocent dogs" during a rally against the new one-dog policy outside of the entrance of Beijing Zoo in Beijing, China, on Saturday.

Update on what Animals Asia is Doing about the Dog Culling in China

Dear all,
there is light at the end of this tunnel we hope. Please read below. Animals
Asia is doing a wonderful job trying to find ways stop the horrendous dog
culling in China.
But they still need worldwide support and writing letters to the appropriate
If you have five minutes write a letter and voice your opinion.
See for details below.

Thanks and Regards
Laura Teresa
President of Dogaid Australia
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http://www.koreanan imals.org

P.O Box 6050 Karingal Victoria 3199 Australia

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Animals Asia Response to China Dog Culls - 16 November 2006

Animals Asia has been inundated with calls and emails from desperate dog
owners in China as the Beijing Municipal Government begins a two-month
crackdown against dogs in an attempt to enforce regulations, which have long
been ignored.

As of November 7th 2006, a "one dog policy" took effect and all unlicensed
dogs, along with dogs measuring over 35cm tall and dogs listed as
"dangerous" breeds are being confiscated and killed in a three-stage
operation. We have received reports that pet dogs are being bludgeoned to
death in their owners' homes and on the streets, as well as being strangled,
electrocuted and even buried alive.

It is widely acknowledged that the sudden enforcement of regulations is in
response to the increase in rabies throughout the country. In July this year
up to 50,000 dogs were slaughtered in Mouding county, Yunnan province
following the deaths of three people from rabies. Dog killing squads also
appeared in Shanghai and Jining in Shandong province, where thousands more
dogs were brutally culled in August.

According to reports from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and
Prevention, human rabies deaths have increased dramatically this year. The
Ministry of Health recorded 1,735 deaths from rabies nationwide in the first
nine months of this year, up 29% from 2005. However, there have been no
cases of people contracting rabies in Beijing for over 20 years and it is
thought that the dog culling campaign is also part of an attempt to clean up
Beijing in the lead up to the Olympics in August 2008. There are indications
that if the cull in Beijing is successful then the intention is to expand
the action to every city in China.

However, high-volume killing campaigns have proven time and time again, to
be an ineffective measure to control populations of stray dogs and prevent
rabies. Innovative new solutions to the problems of rabies and stray dog
control, such as cost-effective "Trap/Neuter/ Release" and "Animal Birth
Control" programmes are being adopted throughout the world, with
statistically proven results: shelter intakes are down, 'nuisance' animals
greatly reduced and most importantly - the incidences of rabies have dropped

Professor Zu, Epidemiology Professor at An Huei University agrees "There are
many effective measures that can be taken to control and prevent rabies in
China, for example, promoting responsible ownership, mass vaccination,
improving rabies vaccine quality in China, and keeping rural animals out of
urban areas. Mass culling appears to be an easy option for rabies control,
but its ineffectiveness has been proved by collaborative studies with the
WHO in many countries."

Dr. Francette Dusan, a WHO expert on diseases passed from animals to people,
said effective rabies control required coordinated efforts between human and
animal health agencies and authorities. "This has not been pursued
adequately to date in China with most control efforts consisting of purely
reactive dog culls," Dusan said. (Associated Press 1st August 2006.)

Over 70,000 injuries from dog bites were reported in Beijing in the first
half of this year and this figure is increasing by about 10,000 each year
according to the Xinhua news agency. Other cities throughout China are
experiencing similar trends as more and more people turn to dogs for
companionship and support, but continue to keep them illegally as the cost
of registration remains unrealistically high.

Tang Qing, a researcher at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and
Prevention stated "There are mainly two reasons that caused the rise in
rabies cases in China recently. One is that the number of pets keeps
increasing, but the regulations and vaccination of pets still lag behind.
The other reason is that the public lacks relevant knowledge on rabies and
necessary self-protection awareness."

Zhang Xuechun, chief physician at Beijing's Centre for Disease Control and
Prevention, echoed Tang Qing's view. "The fact that more than 70,000
residents were bitten by dogs during the first six months of this year in
Beijing alone sends a message that quite a number of dog owners do not have
such awareness. Once a person develops rabies symptoms, no hospital can save
his or her life. Meanwhile, more and more people have been aware of the
threat. Last year, 80,000 Beijing residents received the vaccine. This year
even more people are getting the vaccination. "

Changing family demographics, such as childless couples and increasing
numbers of elderly people living alone in China, mean that dogs are
increasingly seen as important family members. Mr. Chu, a dog owner who
lives in Beijing said he and his wife "have no child and have always seen
their Golden Retriever as their child. But now the dog will be taken away,
which is totally unacceptable. " Another dog owner, Mr Liu, said, "for the
young people born in the early 1980s, the 'One Child' policy made us lose
the opportunity to have any brother or sister. It is my dog who brings me
joy and comfort."

AAF Founder and CEO, Jill Robinson MBE, said, "As in the West, millions of
dog and cat owners in China have a close bond with their pet as strong as
any connection to a child. The desperate messages we are receiving today
begging for a compassionate solution would melt the hardest of hearts, yet
every letter from desperate dog owners also makes the point that the
government must be helped to oversee responsible, country-wide initiatives
which adopt scientific anti-rabies procedures, responsible pet care and
community education programmes."

Christie Yang, Animals Asia's China Relations Director stated, "What these
dog owners want to do is to protect their dogs, whom they see as their
family member. They don't want to make trouble for the government and most
of them support the government's wishes to strengthen the management of pet
dogs, but simply can't agree that dogs taller than 35cm shouldn't have a
right to live." Many of the dogs over 35cm that are currently being
confiscated were previously registered, therefore the late enforcement of
this regulation has caught dog owners by surprise, with many claiming the
actions are unfair.

Robinson called on the government to listen to the groups offering their
help: "The Chinese government has shown such innovative, serious measures
for addressing impossible problems in the past - please now extend your
foresight and compassion and work with those of us in China who sincerely
wish to promote harmony between people and animals alike."

What Animals Asia is doing

- First and foremost Animals Asia is delighted to learn that the Beijing
authorities are discussing the implementation of a micro-chipping programme
for pet dogs. We have written to the Mayor of Beijing urgently inviting the
Chinese government to discuss how we can help to facilitate this programme,
together with vaccination stations in rural areas of China where the rabies
situation is most critical.

- As our contribution towards public education programmes we are in close
contact with numerous animal welfare groups in China and continue to
distribute thousands of basic pet care leaflets, along with our new dog-bite
prevention leaflets to groups across China. Please see our recent joint
World Animal Day activities.

- Following our recent meetings in Nanjing, where the authorities have
pledged not to slaughter dogs, Animals Asia will be supplying 100,000 basic
pet care and dog-bite prevention leaflets for a 100-day educational
campaign, which will include province-wide road shows and community lectures
to promote responsible pet ownership. Jill and Christie (our China Relations
Director) will be flying up to Nanjing to speak at a press conference to
kick off the campaign at the end of November.

- We will also be hosting and sponsoring Ms. Ha who runs the animal shelter
in Nanjing, along with her vet, a representative from the Nanjing Ministry
of Agriculture and a representative from the Nanjing Police, to attend a
workshop in Hong Kong at the end of February 2007. The aim of the workshop
is to provide firsthand experience of humane stray dog control programmes,
shelter management and public education initiatives in the hope that Nanjing
will implement similar programmes and serve as an example to other provinces
in China.

- We have written to the following people, requesting their support and

Neil Parish MEP
Peter Skinner MEP
Mr. Wang Qishan - The Mayor of Beijing
Minister Gao Qiang - the Ministry of Health of China
His Excellency Zha Peixin - Chinese Embassy in the UK
Neil Parish has written to Minister Li Zhaoxing at the Ministry of Foreign
Dr. Anders Nordstrom - (Acting) Director General of the World Health
Dr. Margaret Chan - (New) Director General of the World Health Organisation
Dr. Shigeru Omi, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific
Dr. Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative in the People's Republic of China
Dr. David Bayvel - Director General of the OIE (World Organisation for
Animal Health)

What you can do

Please write a polite letter of concern to the following organisations,
calling for the immediate cessation of the brutal dog culls. (We have not
provided a sample letter as we feel that in this case, personal letters will
have the most impact.)

- Your local Chinese Embassy. Embassy addresses can be found at:
www.travelchinaguid e.com/embassy/ embassy_list. htm

- Minister Gao Qiang, Ministry of Health,
No. 1, Xi Zhi Men Wai Nan Lu Rd,
Xi Cheng District,
Beijing, 100044,

- Please also write to the Nanjing Police, applauding them for their
progressive decision to stop culling dogs in their province. You can send
your letter c/o Animals Asia and we will pass them onto the Police at our
next meeting.

- If you live in the UK, please write a polite letter to your local MP and
MEP asking them to write to the Chinese Embassy in the UK and the Chinese
Health Minister and encourage them to adopt practical and humane solutions
to the problems of rabies and stray dog control and to work with the groups
offering their help. You can locate your local MP and MEP at
www.writetothem. com

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Subject: WSJ: research on animal consciousness, thinking, & emotion

From the *Wall Street Journal*:

"What Your Pet is Thinking"
by Sharon Begley, Wall Street Journal Science Reporter

From the day they brought her home, the D'Avellas' black-and-white mutt
loathed ringing phones. At the first trill, Jay Dee would bolt from the
room and howl until someone picked up. But within a few weeks, the
D'Avellas began missing calls: When the phone rang, their friends later
told them, someone would pick up and then the line would go dead.

One evening, Aida D'Avella solved the mystery. Sitting in the family
room of her Newark, N.J., home, Ms. D'Avella got up as the phone rang,
but the dog beat her to it. Jay Dee ran straight to the ringing phone,
lifted the receiver off the hook in her jaws, replaced it and returned
contentedly to her spot on the rug.

Just about every pet lover has a story about the astonishing
intelligence of his cat, dog, bird, ferret or chinchilla. Ethologists,
the scientists who study animal behavior, have amassed thousands of
studies showing that animals can count, understand cause and effect,
form abstractions, solve problems, use tools and even deceive.

But lately scientists have gone a step further: Researchers around the
world are providing tantalizing evidence that animals not only learn and
remember but that they may also have consciousness -- in other words,
they may be capable of thinking about their thoughts and knowing that
they know.

In the past few years, top journals have been publishing reports on
awareness in dolphins and wild chimps whose different nut-cracking
"technologies" constitute unique cultures. Others argue that rats have a
sense of fun, mice show empathy for cage-mates and scrub jays are
capable of "mental time travel" that enables them to remember where they
stashed worms and seeds.

While researchers have yet to attain the field's holy grail -- proving
that animals are self-aware -- the findings already have broad
implications. For the 69 million U.S. households that own a pet, such
knowledge might lead owners to question their animal companions'
awareness of what they're fed, how they're housed and how often the
kitty litter is changed. All of that would be a boon for the pet
industry, which generates $38 billion in annual revenue, according to
the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, selling everything
from food and grooming services to pet exercise gear, hotels and

Drug companies are already addressing animals' feelings. Some 15 million
dogs have taken Pfizer Inc.'s animal pain-reliever Remadyl. The
company's Anipryl targets "cognitive dysfunction syndrome" in dogs. (In
a dog, symptoms include failing to recognize people or respond to its
name and getting lost in the house.) Experts expect a steady stream of
drugs aimed at pets' minds instead of bodies.

The research is also coloring thinking about everything from science
labs to farms and food-production facilities. Having demolished concrete
cages in favor of naturalistic enclosures, many zoos are also offering
animals "environmental enrichment" designed to exercise their minds, and
housing them in social groups where they can express their emotions. The
nonprofit Great Ape Project, Seattle, is campaigning on behalf of the
primates for "life, liberty and protection against torture." And this
year a member of the Spanish parliament introduced a resolution to
protect great apes from "maltreatment, slavery, torture, death and
extinction." Federal animal-welfare acts have long required researchers
who use primates to take into account their "psychological well-being,"
but researchers say more institutions that use lab dogs, rabbits and
other small animals are voluntarily adopting the rules. "Without
question, these discoveries [on animal awareness] are having an effect,"
says Wayne
And if chimps and monkeys have hints of consciousness, do less-brainy
animals have it, too? Does that mean people shouldn't hunt them,
imprison them or eat them? Opponents of experimenting on animals say
creatures as low on the evolutionary ladder as rats and mice are capable
of suffering, even if they can't engage in self-reflection.

Some researchers say humans may be a bit too eager to attribute high-
level mental functioning to animals, and end up inferring mental states
that don't exist. Bonnie Beaver, professor of veterinary medicine at
Texas A&M University and former president of the American Veterinary
Medicine Association, says that when dogs act distressed in a boarding
kennel, they're showing unfamiliarity with the surroundings, not
resentment that their owner is vacationing in Bali. And if a dog looks
guilty over leaving a mess on the rug, it is being submissive, she says,
not showing a more complex emotion. "Most times," she says, "owners are
reading things that are not there."

Not too long ago, scientists scoffed at the idea that animals could have
consciousness. Philosophers haggle endlessly about the meaning of the
word, of course. But they generally agree that it isn't enough to solve
problems, learn or remember -- a semiconductor can do that -- but to be
aware of the contents of one's own mind. When it comes to animals, the
question "was thought of as impossible to answer with objective
observations, " says Clive Wynne, an associate professor of psychology at
the University of Florida, Gainesville. Now he sees an increase in such
studies aimed at discovering what's going on inside animals' heads.

At the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta, Robert
Hampton, who has made some of the field's most significant findings,
studies whether rhesus monkeys know if they know something. In one
series of experiments, he gave the monkeys memory tests over a period of
weeks. After seeing four images on a monitor, the monkeys would be asked
to choose which one they had seen before. But before taking the test,
the monkeys had a choice of pressing one of two icons whose meaning they
already knew. One meant, "Yup, I'm ready to take the test." The other
meant, "No test for me, thanks." They had an incentive to take it only
if they remembered the target image: Failing the test brought them no
reward, passing it got them a handful of peanuts, and declining to take
the test got them monkey-chow pellets, which they don't like as much as
peanuts but are better than nothing.

When the monkeys chose to take the test, they passed more than 80% of
the time, apparently declining to take the test when their memory was
poor. When they weren't given a choice and Prof. Hampton gave them the
test anyway, they chose the correct image much less often. That suggests
they knew the contents of their memory and assessed it before deciding
whether to take the test -- a sign of self-reflective consciousness.
"The monkeys know whether they remember something," says Prof. Hampton,
who reported his latest monkey findings in May in the journal
Behavioural Processes.

A key ingredient of consciousness is having a sense of self, a feeling
that there's a "you" inside your brain. One sign of that is being able
to imagine yourself in a different time and place. Some scientists have
said that's why chimps in a forest pick up a stone so that they can
crack a nut that they left far away, and why New Caledonian crows make
hook-shaped devices to fish for bugs.

But maybe, skeptics say, chimps and crows learned that a rock, or hook,
equals lunch and just act reflexively. To try to rule this out,
scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in
Leipzig, Germany, taught orangutans and bonobos, considered the great
apes closest to humans, how to use tools to snare grapes that were
otherwise out of reach. Then they gave the animals a chance to take the
right tools into a "waiting room," where they were kept for times
ranging from five minutes to overnight, before being led back to the
room with the grapes. The clever move, of course, was to grab a tool
before going to the waiting room.

All 10 animals managed this at least sometimes, the researchers reported
in May in the journal Science. Because the animals had to plan so far
ahead, the scientists argue, the experiment showed an ability to
anticipate needs. "It's hard to argue that these animals do not have
consciousness, " says primatologist Frans de Waal at Yerkes.

Dissenters argue that any behavior that meets a basic need such as
hunger shouldn't be ascribed to anything as lofty as consciousness. More
and more, however, scientists are observing what they call altruistic
behavior that has no evident purpose. Prof. de Waal once watched as a
bonobo picked up a starling. The bonobo carried it outside its enclosure
and set the bird on its feet. When it didn't fly away, the ape took it
to higher ground, carefully unfolded its wings and tossed it into the
air. Still having no luck, she stood guard over it and protected it from
a young bonobo that was nearby.

Since such behavior doesn't help the bonobo to survive, it's unlikely to
be genetically programmed, says Marc Bekoff, emeritus professor of
ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
If a person acted this way, "we would say this reflects planning,
thought and caring," he adds. "When you see behaviors that are too
flexible and variable to be preprogrammed, you have to consider whether
they are the result of true consciousness. "

In June, scientists reported new insights about compassion in African
elephants. These animals often seem curious about the bodies of dead
elephants, but no one knew whether they felt compassion for the dying or
dead. A matriarch in the Samburu Reserve in northern Kenya, which
researchers had named Eleanor, collapsed in October 2003. Grace,
matriarch of a different family, walked over and used her tusks to lift
Eleanor onto her feet, according to Iain Douglas-Hamilton of Save the
Animals, Nairobi, and colleagues at the University of Oxford and the
University of California, Berkeley, reporting in the journal Applied
Animal Behaviour Science.

But Eleanor was too shaky to stand. Grace tried again, this time pushing
Eleanor to walk, but Eleanor again fell. Grace appeared "very stressed,"
called loudly and often, and kept nudging and pushing Eleanor. Although
she failed, Grace stayed with the dying elephant as night fell. Eleanor
died the next day.

Grace's interest in an unrelated animal can't be explained by her
genetic disposition to help a close relative, a behavior that's been
well established. The scientists instead argue that the elephant was
showing compassion. Mr. Douglas-Hamilton has also seen elephants guard
and help unrelated elephants who have been hit by tranquilizer darts to
let researchers tag the animals. Since standing by an animal that has
been shot puts the other animals in harm's way, it's hard to argue self-

Critics say that consciousness is in the eye of besotted observers, and
animals are no more than stimulus-response machines. Florida's Prof.
Wynne, for one, is skeptical that chimps know what they know. "To know
one's own mental states does not necessarily imply conscious awareness,"
he says. "You can be unconsciously aware of what you know." Game-show
contestants, for instance, sometimes press a buzzer to answer before
they consciously know the answer -- knowing unconsciously that they

Anyone whose dog has ever run to the front door, leash in its mouth,
assumes that animals form intentions. But that might also reflect dumb
learning: the dog figured out that leash equals walk. A computer could
be rigged to learn the same cause-and-effect relationship. Some
scientists also see intentionality when beavers plug holes in their dam,
bowerbirds build baroque nests, ants cultivate fungus farms and plovers
feign injury to lure predators away from their hatchlings. But many
researchers give genes, not conscious intentions, the credit for these
clever behaviors.

As for emotions, the conventional view has long been that while animals
might seem to be sad, happy, curious or angry, these weren't true
emotions: The creature didn't know that it felt any of these things.
Daniel Povinelli of the University of Louisiana, who has done pioneering
studies of whether chimps understand that people and other chimps have
mental states, wonders whether chimps are aware of their emotions: "I
don't think there is persuasive evidence of that."

The trouble is that all sorts of animals -- from those in the African
bush to those in your living room -- keep acting as if they truly do
have emotions remarkably like humans'. Last month, Ya Ya, a panda in a
Chinese zoo, accidentally crushed her newborn to death. She seemed
inconsolable -- wailing and frantically searching for the tiny body. The
keeper said that when he called her name, she just looked up at him with
tear-filled eyes before lowering her head again. The conventional view
is that these were instinctive, reflexive reactions, and that Ya Ya
didn't know she was sad. As the evidence for animal consciousness piles
up, that view becomes harder to support.