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Animals Torn To Pieces By Lions In Front Of Baying Crowds...
The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | January 5, 2008 | By Danny Penman

Posted on 01/05/2008 1:15:56 PM PST by JACKRUSSELL

The smiling children giggled as they patted the young goat on its head and tickled it behind the ears.

Some of the more boisterous ones tried to clamber onto the animal's back but were soon shaken off with a quick wiggle of its bottom.

It could have been a happy scene from a family zoo anywhere in the world but for what happened next.

A man hoisted up the goat and nonchalantly threw it over a wall into a pit full of hungry lions. The poor goat tried to run for its life, but it didn't stand a chance. The lions quickly surrounded it and started tearing at its flesh.

"Oohs" and "aahs" filled the air as the children watched the goat being ripped limb from limb. Some started to clap silently with a look of wonder in their eyes.

The scenes witnessed at Badaltearing Safari Park in China are rapidly becoming a normal day out for many Chinese families.

Baying crowds now gather in zoos across the country to watch animals being torn to pieces by lions and tigers.

Just an hour's drive from the main Olympic attractions in Beijing, Badaling is in many ways a typical Chinese zoo.

Next to the main slaughter arena is a restaurant where families can dine on braised dog while watching cows and goats being disembowelled by lions.

The zoo also encourages visitors to "fish" for lions using live chickens as bait. For just £2, giggling visitors tie terrified chickens onto bamboo rods and dangle them in front of the lions, just as a cat owner might tease their pet with a toy.

During one visit, a woman managed to taunt the big cats with a petrified chicken for five minutes before a lion managed to grab the bird in its jaws.

The crowd then applauded as the bird flapped its wings pathetically in a futile bid to escape. The lion eventually grew bored and crushed the terrified creature to death.

The tourists were then herded onto buses and driven through the lions' compound to watch an equally cruel spectacle. The buses have specially designed chutes down which you can push live chickens and watch as they are torn to shreds.

Once again, children are encouraged to take part in the slaughter.

"It's almost a form of child abuse," says Carol McKenna of the OneVoice animal welfare group. "The cruelty of Chinese zoos is disgusting, but think of the impact on the children watching it. What kind of future is there for China if its children think this kind of cruelty is normal?

"In China, if you love animals you want to kill yourself every day out of despair."

But the cruelty of Badaling doesn't stop with animals apart. For those who can still stomach it, the zoo has numerous traumatised animals to gawp at.

A pair of endangered moon bears with rusting steel nose rings are chained up in cages so small that they cannot even turn around.

One has clearly gone mad and spends most of its time shaking its head and bashing into the walls of its prison.

There are numerous other creatures, including tigers, which also appear to have been driven insane by captivity. Predictably, they are kept in cramped, filthy conditions.

!Zoos like this make me want to boycott everything Chinese," says Emma Milne, star of the BBC's Vets In Practice.

"I'd like to rip out everything in my house that's made in China. I have big problems with their culture.

"If you enjoy watching an animal die then that's a sad and disgusting reflection on you.

"Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised by their behaviour towards animals, as the value of human life is so low in China."

East of Badaling lies the equally horrific Qingdao zoo. Here, visitors can take part in China's latest craze — tortoise baiting.

Simply put, Chinese families now gather in zoos to hurl coins at tortoises.

Legend has it that if you hit a tortoise on the head with a coin and make a wish, then your heart's desire will come true. It's the Chinese equivalent of a village wishing well.

To feed this craze, tortoises are kept in barbaric conditions inside small bare rooms.

When giggling tourists begin hurling coins at them, they desperately try to protect themselves by withdrawing into their shells.

But Chinese zoo keepers have discovered a way round this: they wrap elastic bands around the animals' necks to stop them retracting their heads.

"Tortoises aren't exactly fleet of foot and can't run away," says Carol McKenna.

"It's monstrous that people hurl coins at the tortoises, but strapping their heads down with elastic bands so they can't hide is even more disgusting.

"Because tortoises can't scream, people assume they don't suffer. But they do. I can't bear to think what it must be like to live in a tiny cell and have people hurl coins at you all day long."

Even worse is in store for the animals of Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain Village near Guilin in south-east China.

Here, live cows are fed to tigers to amuse cheering crowds. During a recent visit, I watched in horror as a young cow was stalked and caught. Its screams and cries filled the air as it struggled to escape.

A wild tiger would dispatch its prey within moments, but these beasts' natural killing skills have been blunted by years of living in tiny cages.

The tiger tried to kill — tearing and biting at the cow's body in a pathetic looking frenzy — but it simply didn't know how.

Eventually, the keepers broke up the contest and slaughtered the cow themselves, much to the disappointment of the crowd.

Although the live killing exhibition was undoubtedly depressing, an equally disturbing sight lay around the corner: the "animal parade".

Judging by the rest of the operation, the unseen training methods are unlikely to be humane, but what visitors view is bad enough.

Tigers, bears and monkeys perform in a degrading "entertainment". Bears wear dresses, balance on balls and not only ride bicycles but mount horses too.

The showpiece is a bear riding a bike on a high wire above a parade of tigers, monkeys and trumpet-playing bears.

Astonishingly, the zoo also sells tiger meat and wine produced from big cats kept in battery-style cages.

Tiger meat is eaten widely in China and the wine, made from the crushed bones of the animals, is a popular drink.

Although it is illegal, the zoo is quite open about its activities. In fact, it boasts of having 140 dead tigers in freezers ready for the plate.

In the restaurant, visitors can dine on strips of stir-fried tiger with ginger and Chinese vegetables. Also on the menu are tiger soup and a spicy red curry made with tenderised strips of big cat.

And if all that isn't enough, you can dine on lion steaks, bear's paw, crocodile and several different species of snake.

"Discerning" visitors can wash it all down with a glass or two of vintage wine made from the bones of Siberian tigers.

The wine is made from the 1,300 or so tigers reared on the premises. The restaurant is a favourite with Chinese Communist Party officials who often pop down from Beijing for the weekend.

China's zoos claim to be centres for education and conservation. Without them, they say, many species would become extinct.

This is clearly a fig leaf and some would call it a simple lie. Many are no better than "freak shows" from the middle ages and some are no different to the bloody tournaments of ancient Rome.

"It's farcical to claim that these zoos are educational," says Emma Milne. "How can you learn anything about wild animals by watching them pace up and down inside a cage? You could learn far more from a David Attenborough documentary."

However pitiful the conditions might be in China's zoos, there are a few glimmers of hope.

It is now becoming fashionable to own pets in China. The hope is that a love for pets will translate into a desire to help animals in general. This does appear to be happening, albeit slowly.

One recent MORI opinion poll discovered that 90 per cent of Chinese people thought they had "a moral duty to minimise animal suffering". Around 75 per cent felt that the law should be changed to minimise animal suffering as much as possible.

In 2004, Beijing proposed animal welfare legislation which stipulated that "no one should harass, mistreat or hurt animals". It would also have banned animal fights and live feeding shows.

The laws would have been a huge step forward. But the proposals were scrapped following stiff opposition from vested interests and those who felt China had more pressing concerns.

And this is the central problem for animal welfare in China: its ruling elite is brutally repressive and cares little for animals.

Centuries of rule by tyrannical emperors and bloody dictators have all but eradicated the Buddhist and Confucian respect for life and nature. As a result, welfare groups are urging people not to go to Chinese zoos if they should visit the Olympics, as virtually every single one inflicts terrible suffering on its animals

"They should tell the Chinese Embassy why they are refusing to visit these zoos,' says Carol McKenna of OneVoice.

"If a nation is great enough to host the Olympic Games then it is great enough to be able to protect its animals."


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CHINA'S SPECTATOR SPORT 2

Children feed goats before the 'show' starts. One that has been 'bought' by a visitor is carried off.

CHINA'S SPECTATOR SPORT 3

Once the goat is carried from its pen, it is swiftly thrown into the lion enclosure.

CHINA'S SPECTATOR SPORT 4

The ravenous big cats quickly attack the goat and start to tear it limb from limb, all in the name of 'entertainment' for the Badaling zoo visitors.

CHINA'S SPECTATOR SPORT 5

The lions tear the goat to pieces within seconds of landing in the enclosure.

1 posted on 01/05/2008 1:15:57 PM PST by JACKRUSSELL
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2 posted on 01/05/2008 1:16:14 PM PST by JACKRUSSELL
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Welcome to the jungle.


3 posted on 01/05/2008 1:17:30 PM PST by cripplecreek (Only one consistent conservative in this race and his name is Hunter.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

I’d expect nothing less from China. Bastards.


4 posted on 01/05/2008 1:18:00 PM PST by rintense (Thompson/Hunter 2008!)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

I hear this used to be done to Christians.


5 posted on 01/05/2008 1:18:53 PM PST by PureSolace (God save us all)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

This was in China? How long till they start using Christians?


6 posted on 01/05/2008 1:19:00 PM PST by Domandred (Eagles soar, but unfortunately weasels never get sucked into jet engines)
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To: JACKRUSSELL
Selling prisoner's organs, fetus soups, driving tanks over kids, raping Tibetan monks, now this.....

More lovely PRC stuff...

7 posted on 01/05/2008 1:19:08 PM PST by gaijin
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Maybe they should throw a couple of now well-known American teenagers into the pit!


8 posted on 01/05/2008 1:19:19 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: PureSolace

Beat me by 7 seconds


9 posted on 01/05/2008 1:19:32 PM PST by Domandred (Eagles soar, but unfortunately weasels never get sucked into jet engines)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

This is why I don’t like multiculturalism.


10 posted on 01/05/2008 1:20:14 PM PST by pcottraux (Fred Thompson pronounces it "P. Coe-Troe"...in 2008.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

WTF is wrong with these animals? (Im not talking about the lions).


11 posted on 01/05/2008 1:20:35 PM PST by max americana
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To: JACKRUSSELL

I’d like to hear from the Chinese PETA chapter.


12 posted on 01/05/2008 1:22:11 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Jay Grodner stands accused of keying a Marine's car. He's also a lawyer.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Maybe live food is better healthwise for the lions, but there’s no reason for children to be watching.


13 posted on 01/05/2008 1:22:17 PM PST by P.O.E.
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To: JACKRUSSELL

The continuing legacy of Hillary’s beloved Mao.


14 posted on 01/05/2008 1:23:25 PM PST by Spok
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To: JACKRUSSELL
To feed this craze, tortoises are kept in barbaric conditions inside small bare rooms. When giggling tourists begin hurling coins at them, they desperately try to protect themselves by withdrawing into their shells. But Chinese zoo keepers have discovered a way round this: they wrap elastic bands around the animals' necks to stop them retracting their heads. "Tortoises aren't exactly fleet of foot and can't run away,"

So I guess anything that moves and can be caught is tortured.
15 posted on 01/05/2008 1:24:45 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: max americana

Well, right her in the good old US of A, we occasionally practice the ritual of pulling little humans almost out of the womb and shoving pointy things in the base of their skull and scrambling their brains and triumphantly call it “choice”.

The goat thing don’t seem quite so bad now. Does it?


16 posted on 01/05/2008 1:26:40 PM PST by digger48
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To: JACKRUSSELL
"I'd like to rip out everything in my house that's made in China."

Why don't you, lady? As long as you buy their crap you are cutting your own throat.

17 posted on 01/05/2008 1:27:42 PM PST by Eagles6
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To: JACKRUSSELL

As my wife said after I finished reading this to her, “what the eff is wrong with those people”? I couldn’t have said it better myself...


18 posted on 01/05/2008 1:28:30 PM PST by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Savages,,,had one of our chickens eat a live bug once..now that does’nt seem to bad,,but it was our pet bug..


19 posted on 01/05/2008 1:28:34 PM PST by silentreignofheroes (I'm Southron,,,and I Vote...)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

This is just so sick and disturbing!
I recall last year how Chinese authorities went around clubbing people’s pets to death in an attempt “supposedly” to rid the country of rabies.
I think it’s purpose was something more sinister-
an attempt to remind citizens of what the government is capable of doing on a whim.


20 posted on 01/05/2008 1:29:10 PM PST by a real Sheila (stop hillary NOW!)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

If that’s how they treat animals for amusement, imagine how they treat serious human enemies.


21 posted on 01/05/2008 1:29:50 PM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast ( "Do well, but remember to do good.")
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To: JACKRUSSELL

If they run out of goats and sheep, they’ll use Christians and dissidents.


22 posted on 01/05/2008 1:31:11 PM PST by Petronski (Willard Myth Romney: 51% negatives)
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To: a real Sheila

Look on the bright side....at least they weren’t throwing dissidents to the lions.


23 posted on 01/05/2008 1:32:03 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: P.O.E.

Live food is certainly fresh, but these practices are unnecessarily barbaric... unless the purpose is to remind everyone to stay in line.


24 posted on 01/05/2008 1:32:30 PM PST by captain anode (78% of us FREEPERS could practice better manners.)
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To: digger48

Wow, it only took 16 posts before someone brought up abortion.


25 posted on 01/05/2008 1:32:43 PM PST by Huntress (The essence of war is violence. Moderation in war is imbecility.--Admiral Sir John Arbuthnot Fisher)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Sweet!


26 posted on 01/05/2008 1:34:10 PM PST by I got the rope
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

I must be chineese, I use live minnows for bait to catch larger fish and then for entertainment I post pictures of the larger fish I caught, and then, I kill those fish and feed them to my friends! Oh, and I took my kids along when they were young too. Showed em how to hook the minnow just under the dorsal so they would live longer on the hook also. Oh, and the worms, don’t forget about the worms and grasshoppers too!


27 posted on 01/05/2008 1:35:37 PM PST by eastforker (.308 SOCOM 16, hottest brand going.2350 FPS muzzle..M.. velocity)
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To: Huntress

“Wow, it only took 16 posts before someone brought up abortion.”

well... :(


28 posted on 01/05/2008 1:36:18 PM PST by captain anode (78% of us FREEPERS could practice better manners.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

I’m reminded of the scene in Jurassic park where the goat is staked out for the T-Rex.


29 posted on 01/05/2008 1:36:59 PM PST by 6SJ7
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To: JACKRUSSELL

That’s sick. There is no reason for this.

Nest will people be thrown in for entertainment?


30 posted on 01/05/2008 1:38:37 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast


During the massacre of 1989 in Tiananmen Square, no one's life was spared, not even the young students who wanted a better life for themselves.


Enemy?

They use their own people.
Do the math, doesn't look good.

31 posted on 01/05/2008 1:39:59 PM PST by Issaquahking (N.H. FNC Debate "What did you do for America today?" Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: JACKRUSSELL; NYer; Calpernia; tiamat; wagglebee; metmom
To feed this craze, tortoises are kept in barbaric conditions inside small bare rooms.

When giggling tourists begin hurling coins at them, they desperately try to protect themselves by withdrawing into their shells.

But Chinese zoo keepers have discovered a way round this: they wrap elastic bands around the animals’ necks to stop them retracting their heads.

“Tortoises aren’t exactly fleet of foot and can’t run away,” says Carol McKenna.

“It’s monstrous that people hurl coins at the tortoises, but strapping their heads down with elastic bands so they can’t hide is even more disgusting.

“Because tortoises can’t scream, people assume they don’t suffer. But they do. I can’t bear to think what it must be like to live in a tiny cell and have people hurl coins at you all day long.”

Truly unconscionable, yet meanwhile, in the USA, unborn children are attacked in utero with the permission of their own mothers--who have likewise been desensitized by a barbaric team of Mengele-like psy-ops called NARAL.

I wonder what Carol McKenna has to say about THAT?!?

32 posted on 01/05/2008 1:43:04 PM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: Issaquahking

Thanks! I just learned how to use the image block feature so nobody will see that on my monitor every time I open “my comments.”
Now I’m going to look around for a shorthand sign that means “rhetorical question.” /rhet? /rq?


33 posted on 01/05/2008 1:51:20 PM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast ( "Do well, but remember to do good.")
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To: JACKRUSSELL
A few years back a screwed up vid showed up on the internets. A smiling Chinese lady is shown playing with a tiny little kitten and then proceeds to stomp/hack it to death with a pair of stiletto heels.

It turns out there are no laws against this type of behavior over there so Chinese Anons decided to track down the sick (censored) who were involved with the vid. They found out she was a nurse and dropped her and her cohorts docs online. I have been told that she has since “disappeared” (chicoms don’t like bad publicity).

The Internet never forgets, you sick freaks!

34 posted on 01/05/2008 1:54:39 PM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: digger48

EXCELLENT point.


35 posted on 01/05/2008 1:59:24 PM PST by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: PureSolace

Today: Goats, chickens, and cows.

Tomorrow: Falun Gong, Christians, and “excess” children?


36 posted on 01/05/2008 2:02:45 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (If God didn't want a Liberal/RINO hanging from every tree, He wouldn't have created so much rope!)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Thanks for posting the pics. I have never seen dozens of lions in one place before. I should have gone to this zoo the last time I was in Peking just for that. I’ll have to go there the next time I visit - probably decades from now.


37 posted on 01/05/2008 2:02:47 PM PST by Zhang Fei
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To: yorkie; TigersEye
What whacked out sick people ...Shaking my head in disgust.
38 posted on 01/05/2008 2:15:53 PM PST by pandoraou812 ( Its NOT for the good of the children! Its BS along with bending over for Muslim's demands)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Some cultures should have died hundreds of years ago. This is one.


39 posted on 01/05/2008 2:23:20 PM PST by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: pandoraou812
Shaking my head in disgust

Pandy's going to be needing a chiropractor, real soon. Any on board, here? (As it is guaranteed to get worse - and soon.) :-[

40 posted on 01/05/2008 2:23:50 PM PST by yorkie
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To: eastforker

Yep...

Nature is red in tooth and claw.

It seems “barbaric” and “children shouldn’t be watching”, but anyone who spends much time fishing or in the outdoors around untamed animals sees the merciless, unblinking, cold-eyed violence of the animal world.

Someone once said that nothing dies of old age in the sea. Something else kills it or eats it.

It is truly jarring for me when I see animals chase and kill other animals: hawks, coyotes, bobcats, foxes, trout, redfish...all of ‘em.

I think we’re so urbanized and so far from the actual “edge” that we’ve lost the awareness of how fragile life is in the wild. The writer wrings his hands over the unknown affect this is gonna have on these children. Can you imagine the affect if they made them cut animals open, pull their insides out and cut them into pieces? Oh, wait. Kids used to do this and many still do. It’s called butchering your meat. Hunters and ranchers do it all the time.

Now I’m not saying that allowing people to play with lions’ “pre-food” or that obvious cruelty to animals for cruelty’s sake is okay. And a lot of what was written seems cruel and unjust to many of us. It is also written to appear that way. However, in some parts of the world an animal is still just an animal. Too often we “humanize” them and turn all animals into our “pets”.

Peter Capstick (big game hunter/guide and author of “Death in the Long Grass” and others) talks extensively about how we’ve been “Disney-ized”.

This’ll probably get me flamed.


41 posted on 01/05/2008 2:27:08 PM PST by Chasaway (Anything not worth doing is not worth doing well.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

I read this earlier and had to go throw up! Nothing bad is bad enough for China.


42 posted on 01/05/2008 2:28:08 PM PST by Ditter
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To: yorkie

One day its just going to turn completely around & get stuck! I think maybe in Nov....lmao!


43 posted on 01/05/2008 2:33:46 PM PST by pandoraou812 ( Its NOT for the good of the children! Its BS along with bending over for Muslim's demands)
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To: pandoraou812
"... What kind of future is there for China if its children think this kind of cruelty is normal? "

It prepares the kids for duty as soldiers in Tibet.

44 posted on 01/05/2008 2:46:48 PM PST by TigersEye (Having found no cause for offense no object of forgiveness exists. Love is its own reason for sorrow)
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To: TigersEye

How very true...what a sick disgusting people!


45 posted on 01/05/2008 2:47:45 PM PST by pandoraou812 ( Its NOT for the good of the children! Its BS along with bending over for Muslim's demands)
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To: Chasaway
Now I’m not saying that allowing people to play with lions’ “pre-food” or that obvious cruelty to animals for cruelty’s sake is okay. And a lot of what was written seems cruel and unjust to many of us. It is also written to appear that way. However, in some parts of the world an animal is still just an animal. Too often we “humanize” them and turn all animals into our “pets”.

Peter Capstick (big game hunter/guide and author of “Death in the Long Grass” and others) talks extensively about how we’ve been “Disney-ized”.

No flaming here, I get what you're saying.

But... It's one thing to understand how nature works and how yes, blood and death are involved at times.

Reveling in the imagery, however, seems to me to be something a bit different.

46 posted on 01/05/2008 2:51:12 PM PST by dbwz (kthxbai)
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To: Huntress
Wow, it only took 16 posts before someone brought up abortion.

On a liberal forum it would never come up.

47 posted on 01/05/2008 2:51:45 PM PST by TigersEye (Having found no cause for offense no object of forgiveness exists. Love is its own reason for sorrow)
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To: Chasaway

Not by me, what you sat is the truth. I have always wondered, if there was no law against murder, would the rate be any higher than it is today? Somehow I doubt it would be.


48 posted on 01/05/2008 3:01:42 PM PST by eastforker (.308 SOCOM 16, hottest brand going.2350 FPS muzzle..M.. velocity)
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To: JACKRUSSELL
Unfortunately, because our DBM loves the commies so much, most of the American public will never learn about these barbaric events.

Perhaps if children in China were forced to watch the lions waterboard the goats...

49 posted on 01/05/2008 3:09:38 PM PST by HoosierHawk
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To: TigersEye

And your point is . . .?


50 posted on 01/05/2008 3:26:29 PM PST by Huntress (The essence of war is violence. Moderation in war is imbecility.--Admiral Sir John Arbuthnot Fisher)
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