The UNDERGROUND Chinese Animal Rights Movement You’ve Never Heard About

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Did you know that the animal movement China is growing. Unlike movements in the west, these movements aren’t allowed to set up as a registered charity and often work underground and form over social media. Here’s one group we came across 毛毛的運動 (maomao’s movement) They are saying that just because they cannot write in english, it doesnt mean they do not exist. 


THERE ARE MANY, MANY GRASSROOTS RESCUE GROUPS IN CHINA! Diverse, numerous, very active, very capable, and they are currently kicking ass on all fronts! Some of the most experienced animal rescuers in the world are in China. Some of the most experienced veterinarians in the world are in China.

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Just because you can’t read their language, doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
HERE’S THE DEAL: Facebook, Twitter and Youtube are all blocked in China. So, you’re not going to see a lot of information about most rescue groups in English or Chinese on Facebook.

Unless you’re able to use Chinese social media sites like Weibo and Wechat, you won’t have much idea how much is going on here.

And most of the Chinese rescuers tend to be far too modest about their rescues. They don’t post heroic photos of themselves; they don’t exaggerate their achievements; they work like hell without any formal support, without any animal protection laws and without much understanding from the wider society.

Some of the earliest rescue groups have had shelters here for almost two decades.
The most difficult, harrowing rescue you’ve ever seen in the West is probably nothing compared to the daily norm here:
– slaughterhouse, dog truck and dog restaurant rescues
– spending all one’s time and connections to try to get dogs out of the police pound or police station
– trying to rescue dogs and cats from communities where security guards and management are trying to kill all the dogs.
– dogs and cats that have suffered incredible abuse and mutilation
– highway and bridge rescues of terrified injured dogs and cats.
– having to constantly move one’s shelter every year or two.
– etc.

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So, ordinary individual animal rescuers in China, some of them part of small rescue groups, most acting totally without an umbrella, are facing tremendously difficult rescue challenges and doing so with no real support.

There is no animal care and control here. There is no animal protection law. It’s nearly impossible to register as a charity.

BUT…. they are rescuing. And doing so in great numbers! I know must at least 20 people who each have informal shelters with 100 or more dogs each, just in Beijing and Tianjin alone.

It’s a pity that Chinese groups can’t promote themselves more effectively to an international audience. It’s a pity that Facebook is blocked here. The average Chinese animal rescuer is truly a hero, and I will always say with great honor, that I learned everything I know about rescue from my Chinese friends.





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8 thoughts on “The UNDERGROUND Chinese Animal Rights Movement You’ve Never Heard About

  1. Thank you for posting this, talk about a country with social oppression, these activists are wonderful and heroic, hopefully, soon they won’t have to be underground so much. Concern for their exposure, safety and freedom, sending them positive energy.


  2. These are wonderful heroes! Keep up the good work! Thank God for people like these. The only thing I see not true in this article is that facebook is blocked in China. I have 2 people that live in China on my facebook!


  3. I’m not going to share this because MaoMao is a questionable rescue.

    Go to @ourOrganicSoul and see the meme about MaoMao and HSI. It’s 2 articles…one is the Daily Mail from June 2015 and the second is from June 2016 with MaoMao praising Humane Society International’s Peter J. Li.

    You will see that the story MaoMao is featuring is literally a story from exactly one year ago. MaoMao claims the Yulin rescue happened at night when the original Daily Mail story happened in broad daylight.

    Most knowledgeable people know that HSUS and HSI only spend 1% of the $100+ MILLION annual donations on local charities.

    There is also strong suspicion that MaoMao is related to infamous con artist, Jon Williamson. The page is further suspected to be run by someone with ties to Jon Williamson in Texas…and the actual story about MaoMao, the poor dog, is not entirely accurate.

    I’m sure the actual people in China are genuine. It’s the people behind the scenes.


  4. We have to keep telling the world about this. But the culture will have to change for anything permanent. Each day more and more people are becoming aware of this, due to the efforts of the underground.


  5. Excellent so happy to see that people are trying to save these dogs cuts shut down this quarter houses a f****** lazy thing should raise chickens and beef you just love to torture these dogs they like to torture they are abusive pain is Satan’s garbage from Hell the people doing this to the animals and eating the dogs dogs eat dogs you’re going to turn into a parasitic pieces of garbage which would be good because then it would destroy all the dog eating people I thank you though The Rescuers that are going out of their way and trying to help these poor defenseless animals .the world has to stop you dog killrrs & eaters now and enough is enough


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