[Second Update: I guess I take comments more personally than I should! This was an act committed by a single person and does not represent all of China, nor all Chinese people's views on how to treat animals, any more than any act of violence committed anywhere represents an entire nation. It has gained attention and public outcry in China--that's why it was posted on a video sharing website.]
Today's front page feature on Youku, a streaming video site, shows a
Lanzhou Wenzhou University security guard beating a dog to death as watchers film from above. After the dog is dead they shout out to him: Why did you kill the dog? It was posted 18 hours ago, has been viewed 345,000 times, and has garnered over 4700 comments, which are growing quickly. [First update: there is a long discussion in the comments about why the people watching didn't try to stop the killing. It's quite clear that they were filming from a window several stories up and couldn't have reached the guard in time to stop him. They did, however, yell at him to stop while he was doing it.] Excerpted comments below.
The caption posted with the video reads: Please treasure every life. There are a lot of different opinions to be found, however, regarding the incident:
What a poser. Why didn't you go back and get it and cook it up? Now that the weather's getting cold you could have had dog meat!
Schools aren't really supposed to have dogs anyway. If it was a rabid dog or a stray dog and it bit someone, who would take responsibility? If it showed up somewhere it wasn't supposed to be, why not beat it?
If you can't see the difference between dog meat and pork, it just shows your level of civilization. You're acting like everyone eats dog, but I think there a lot of people who don't eat dog. And even if they did eat dog before, after they see this video clip and hear the sound of the poor dog, they won't even want to think about eating dog again. This is progress, get it?
Complain to the school leadership and they'll definitely get rid of him. That kind of person could do practically anything. Aren't you guys scared?
It wasn't right to kill the dog. People who don't do something about this kind of thing when they run into it are not good people. At least a lot of people would say that. So those who saw this happening at that school are all not good people. I find them despicable.
Dogs are protected by the law in other countries. Even though they're not legally protected in China, they should be under moral protection!
How is this guard keeping the peace? It looks to me like he's causing a disturbance. If a guard can get to this point, it's probably better that he go back home and raise crops.
**By the way, for North American viewers who read Chinese and are ever looking for streaming video, Youku loads more quickly than other streaming video sites. (via Ethan Jeffery-Liu)