Chinese State-Broadcaster CCTV Promotes World Rhino Day

A slaughtered rhinoceros with its horn cut off.

A slaughtered rhinoceros with its horn cut off.

From Sina Weibo:

@央视新闻: They Just Want To Continue Living [泪] — Half-kneeling on the ground, with half its face chopped off, it died, died in bitter suffering, all because humans wanted to cut off its horn. Because of rhinoceros horns, elephant tusks, and shark fins, wild animals are being brutally slaughtered! There are young animals who have developed hostility towards humans after witnessing their family members being killed… Today is World Rhino Day [September 22nd], and today there are still wild animals being killed! Boycott the wild animal product trade, and by forwarding this, I make this promise/commitment! Are you willing to forward this for them?

Comments from Sina Weibo:


I can’t afford such things! The ordinary common people can’t afford such things either! Whoever can afford such things is who you should go direct this at!


The people who can afford to buy these animal products do not browse Weibo.


Talking as if one could really afford to buy such things!


Truly, us little ordinary common people forwarding this merely preserves a consciousness of this and perhaps educate the next generation, gradually raising awareness for this in later generations, but it isn’t much use in containing the current trade. What’s more important is government supervision and crackdowns [on such trade], especially by the African countries that are the source, where even the military participates in the slaughter in the pursuit of huge profits, so can you first have them desist?


Every time I see these, I feel both pity and hate. The country [government] is always promoting that wild animals not be killed yet never seems to punish those who recklessly kill wild animals. If the country increases the punishments–for example sentencing to death anyone who is caught selling or purchasing such things–I trust there will be less sacrifice and evil~


Without trade, there wouldn’t be any killing! Go find those who can afford to buy these!


What? If only the relevant government departments directly announced that trade of these kind of products are no longer allowed, those who report them are rewarded, the criminals heavily punished, and the hunters sentenced to death!!! A lot of times, people are simply assholes, and what more, the people who do this kind of thing aren’t many, so if you kill them and extinguish the flame, who else would dare [to follow in their footsteps]??? If China resolutely carries out enforcement, think of how much the volume of trade would be lowered. The fact is, it’s simply that you guys [the government] don’t want to do anything. Always making microblog posts asking people to forward them, what fucking use is it? Those who will buy will still buy them, and the slaughter will continue!


CCTV, are you not making enough exhortations [on the public]? Wouldn’t it be better to call [on the government] for legislation, where the buying and selling of such things is made equivalent to murder, and [punished with] a life for a life.


What use is my promise/commitment? Whether I promise or not, I can’t afford to buy such things anyway. [doge] What use is me forwarding this? Whether I forward or not, the people on my Weibo basically all can’t afford to buy such things as well. [喵喵] So the original poster [CCTV], you should disseminate this towards the circles of nobility [rich and powerful] instead. [呵呵] Disseminating this to the ordinary common people is more or less useless. [呵呵]


Enact legislation so that whoever consumes this is whoever is committing a crime and is whoever should go to jail!

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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