Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

March 9, 2008

Sickening! Chinese Olympic Cat Slaughter:It's Symbolic

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 7:49 am

I’ve always found the Olympics brings out the worst jingoistic characteristics of every nation that participates, particularly of course those who host it. Need I mention 1936? While supposedly about excellence and courage and the human spirit the repellant media coverage makes it all about who won the most gold.

This coming Olympics has been shaping up as a “normalization” and propaganda vindication of China’s ugly record of repression and torture of dissidents and horrific human rights violations, revolting in itself. (And please don’t give me the argument that “the Olympic spirit” will “encourage liberalization”. Yes maybe for about 5 minutes after the torch departs. Need I mention 1936 again? Need I mention the obliviousness to mass murder–“Let the games go on!”– after the Munich massacre?).

This shocking and revolting article is, then, not just about cats, in fact it doesn’t matter whether you care about cats, it’s about the totalitarian lust for “cleansing”. A particularly moronic and misguided notion of cleansing, since slaughtering cats will bring on a plague of rats which I hope will infest the stands at the Games. If you’re planning on going I hope you get your rabies and Hanta virus shots.

But this pathetic notion of “cleansing” the most benign creatures from their Potemkin Village Olympics land can serve as a metaphor for the way they’ve “cleansed” peaceful dissidents such as Falon Gong, their hasty attempt at cleansing their shameful record of torture and murder, the savage nature of the regime beneath the smooth, fraudulent Olympic-friendly facade you’re going to be sucking up to by attending–or even watching– this fascist spectacle. I hope consumers will hold all advertisers who shill for these repressive thugs responsible.

Calling all rats: you now know where your human equivalents have made it safe for you.

And cat-haters: don’t even dream I’ll post your rat-like remarks.



  1. I just threw up. My wife and I love our cats: Xao Pi and Speedy. Xao Pi has prehensile thumbs and means “little white one” in Chinese. Boycott the Olympics!!!!

    Comment by charlie finch — March 9, 2008 @ 10:31 am | Reply

  2. what a sickening article. if anyone plans on going i hope you DO NOT get any of the vaccines Ron suggests. Rabies is a small price to pay for supporting these games and this monumentally corrupt and repulsive government. Excellent points about 1936. how would NBC have handled the situation when promoting Hitler and the newly “awakened” German government. can just imagine Jesse Owens/Hitler and the feel good promos

    Comment by Bryan Veronneau — March 9, 2008 @ 10:58 pm | Reply

  3. Man’s inhumanity to his fellow man, however horrible, is something that we inflict on ourselves. From that perspective, we deserve our suffering, but this kind of casual cruelty towards innocent creatures makes me question the moral justification for the existence of the human race.

    Comment by Bob Mayo — March 10, 2008 @ 5:32 am | Reply

  4. Wow. The Chinese government does bad things, so let’s hope people who travel to the Olympics get rabies. Or even better, let’s question the “moral justification for the existence of the human race.” These commenters just aren’t getting the concept. Here it is, in simple words:

    The people who run China are bad. They are evil. We are not. The killing of cats referred to is not something done by “the human race” but something done by servants of the Chinese thug regime. If you want to stop it, keep your focus on the people doing it.

    The killing of cats is not something done by people who will travel to the Olympics, many of whom will not have heard about it, many of whom know from their own experience buying things at local stores that we trade with China everday, that China send us its basketball stars and acrobats and films. All of that is supposed to be OK but going to China to see an international athletic festival, which one could hope might improve friendship between nations, is a moral crime?

    I hasten to add that I will not go to Beijing nor watch even one minute of the Olympics, for the reasons Mr. Rosenbaum suggests. I agree completely with him on this. Indeed, I do my best to avoid buying things made in China, for this reason. But let’s not be barbarians in return, let’s not hope that people who do go to Beijing die horrible, painful deaths. Or, worse, indulge in casual moral posturing that impugns the entire human race. Keep the focus where it should be: on the thugs who run China.

    Comment by Patrick Brown — March 10, 2008 @ 9:47 am | Reply

  5. The first mistake is thinking that the Olympics are a good thing. The IOC is a disgusting crew of money-grubbing whores that regularly bankrupt countries before making off with their swag while hoodwinking everybody with the faux purity of sports. Anybody with a conscience should ignore and reject them.

    Comment by Captain Hate — March 10, 2008 @ 10:14 am | Reply

  6. After all the Chinese human rights atrocities, we still didn’t boycott their Olympics. This “cat cleansing” doesn’t make it any better.

    Comment by C. Siegel — March 10, 2008 @ 10:25 am | Reply

  7. Don’t hold your breath waiting for the left wing and progressive libs to condem this kind of thing. That might make them look bad and we can’t have that now can we. Stinking Communists and thier lib supporters.

    Um, I consider myself a liberal, which, to me, means opposition to tyranny and cruelty whether it come in communist, fascist or theocratic forms, so I’d say it’s an issue we can all unite on.

    Comment by southdakotaboy — March 10, 2008 @ 11:38 am | Reply

  8. Dead cats, bad. Dead Iraqi civilians — who cares?

    Glad to see we have our priorities straight.

    It’s possible to oppose both. Which is why I admire your outspoken oposition to the gassing of the Kurds and the murder of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi innocents under Saddam. And your fearless willingnesss to use your real name for your brave comment. By the way the murdered and tortured Chinese disssidents were not cats. But fortunately you’ve soken out against that too, I’m sure.

    Comment by rotwang — March 10, 2008 @ 2:11 pm | Reply

  9. Increased cases of Hanta virus would certainly be a concern but why not ask the Europeans if they have any experience with the widespread slaughter of cats?


    “In the early 1330s an outbreak of deadly bubonic plague occurred in China. The bubonic plague mainly affects rodents, but fleas can transmit the disease to people.

    Since China was one of the busiest of the world’s trading nations, it was only a matter of time before the outbreak of plague in China spread to western Asia and Europe.

    By the following August, the plague had spread as far north as England, where people called it “The Black Death” because of the black spots it produced on the skin. A terrible killer was loose across Europe, and Medieval medicine had nothing to combat it.

    In winter the disease seemed to disappear, but only because fleas–which were now helping to carry it from person to person–are dormant then. Each spring, the plague attacked again, killing new victims. After five years 25 million people were dead–one-third of Europe’s people. ”

    But, hey, I bet the liberal application of DDT will kill the fleas…

    Comment by Curly Smith — March 10, 2008 @ 3:07 pm | Reply

  10. What would you expect from “leaders” whose one-child policy has produced a nation of too many men and not enough women to carry on the bloodline?

    The War on Cats

    Comment by Sissy Willis — March 10, 2008 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  11. This is why im not going to the olympics or watching them on tv,this country is inhumane towards all animals and they allow people to do wrong and animals pay with there lifes,how disgraceful humans are.

    Comment by Steve Dale — March 10, 2008 @ 8:06 pm | Reply

  12. Okay, Ron, but what can we DO about this? How do we protest the “cleansing” of all cats?

    It’s not just the cats. It’s the human dissidents tortured and murdered too. Write, e mail major corportations that are prospective advertisers on the Olympic broadcast, the network too. Demand they justify subsidizing propaganda that enables such policies. Tell them you’ll boycott their products if they do.

    Comment by Martha — March 11, 2008 @ 1:30 pm | Reply

  13. I am absolutely sickened by waht China is doing. Is there any way we can help save these cats and are there any organisations to which I could contribute?

    As one reader said, amna’s inhumanity to man is bad enough – but at least we have a VOICE. The poor animals to which humans are indescribably cruel have no voice and WE must be their voice.

    i am going to boycot as many goods from China as possible.

    Yes, and single out the importers, let them know and cc. your congressional reps. emanding they take action>

    Comment by Shamsa Khan — March 12, 2008 @ 10:56 am | Reply

  14. There is one thing that harrasses me in first place, wherever a country wants to get acknowledged it has to show a clean record in human rights.
    Here no one cares. In Germany the print media even put it the way “China does NOT need Germany, but Germany needs China”.
    Priorities set ?
    Overpopulated planet runs berserk. That’s it.

    Comment by Benzing, AM — June 23, 2008 @ 11:09 am | Reply

  15. Apparently, the Beijing government response to any problem is to kill it. If you ever read Jan Wong’s memoir, ‘Red China Blues,’ she reported the mass strangling of dogs on leashes in the 70’s because the gov’t felt the people were becoming too westernized.They may have a McDonald’s in Tiananmen Square, but they still have no compassion in their hearts.

    Comment by Michael McQuown — July 5, 2008 @ 1:26 am | Reply

  16. this is not real! Although I admit that there are many people who are so cruel to small animals in China, ordering to kill them from the government is quite impossible. There are many organizations of small animal protection in almost all big cities in China, and their main objective is to prevent this from happening.
    here is the link to an article talking about how Beijing government is trying to help the stray dogs and cats. Sorry it is all in Chinese, but the main idea is that: they will be treated well, instead of beaten to death.
    I am a Chinese and I love cats and dogs no less than anybody else. I felt so sick after reading this article. In this world, there are so many cruel people, and of course a big proportion in China due to its big population. But most of Chinese curse them for what they have done to the small animals and many people are urging the government to set up a law to protect them better. I wish it will happen soon.

    Comment by Ninazhang — July 13, 2008 @ 9:51 am | Reply

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