Beijing's Olympic Facade of Greenery: Killing Cats & Kicking Migrant Recyclers Out of Town
Posted Jul 20 2008 4:41pm
We all know how hard China is working to "sanitize" and "green" Beijing for its summer Olympics. Problem is, China's idea of sanitizing is anything but green.
I was haunted for weeks by the Chinese government's rounding up of stray cats from city streets -- not to humanely euthanize them, but to stack them in tiny cages in a warehouse, one on top of another, and leave them to die. It's their way of "sanitizing" the city of cat diseases that it says could spread disease to humans, but there's nothing humane or "green" about China confining cats with no food or water to die a slow, painful death .
Now Beijing is engaged in a similarly hypocritical, though non-lethal, behavior.