Thursday, August 30, 2012

23 Reasons Animal Lovers Should Boycott China - Reason #22: China Drowns Baby Mice to Make a Health Tonic

Baby mice are drowned alive in rice wine to make a tonic that some Chinese believe cures asthma

[When I started this blog in 2008, my first post was about a dog who was chained inside a gallery and starved as part of an "artwork." Since then, animal welfare has remained a primary theme on 13.7 Billion Years. Over the years, I have learned about countless stories of animal cruelty here in the United States and across the world. But one country has shown the most blatant and widespread disregard for the lives and well-being of non-human animals: China. As Mahatma Gandhi wisely observed, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated." If China is to become a great nation, it has a lot of work to do. One way concerned people can help put pressure on China to change is to stop buying Chinese goods. More than 2.3 million people worldwide have signed the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare, and the number of animal lovers around the globe is much greater. Imagine if all of them stopped purchasing Chinese products. So, every weekday for the month of August, I'll give animal lovers one reason to boycott China—23 reasons in all. It will not be an easy month to digest all the horrific stories and cruel practices. But I have placed great value in a quote by the late philosopher Albert Schweitzer: "Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight." This month, I'll be doing that, and I hope you will too. -- Reynard Loki]

Baby mice wine is a traditional Chinese health tonic that is believed to cure asthma and liver disease.

Baby mice, no more than three days old with eyes still closed, are taken from their mothers and placed live into a bottle of rice wine, where they drown and ferment.

It isn't just one mouse, but many of them floating at the bottom of the bottle.

"Field mouse wine is said to be good for driving out wind, clearing up meridians, and improving blood circulation," according to a National Geographic article entitled, "The Witch Doctor Will See You Now."

  • Join over 611,000 people around the world who have signed a PTROA petition urging the Chinese government to pass animal welfare laws
  • Sign a petition urging Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny to stop Irish racehorse exports to China, where they will be used in horse fighting
  • Sign a ForceChange petition urging Tesco to stop selling live turtles for human consumption in China
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  • Sign the Humane Society's "Be Cruelty-Free" pledge to say no to cosmetics animal testing
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  • Join over 785,000 people who have signed an Avaaz petition urging EU leaders to push CITES to suspend trade in all rhino products
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  • Sign a Griddix petition urging U.S. President Barack Obama and President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso to officialy ask to the Chinese government to stop the brutal practice of eating dog meat and to immediately end the terrible tortures to which dogs are subjected in China
  • Sign a petition urging Nestle Purina to recall chicken jerky treats made in China
  • Sign a Care2 petition urging Chinese president Hu Jintao to stop killing endangered species
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image: Mice wine in China is believed to cure a range of ailments, including asthma and liver disease (

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