Hounded by activists, Urumqi man forced to publicly apologize for beating dog

By Ryan Kilpatrick, May 14, 2015

0 0

On May 10, a man in Xinjiang regional capital Urumqi was filmed using an iron bar to viciously beat a stray dog that had frightened his son. 

After the footage went viral online, netizens conducted a good old "human flesh search" on the man and publicized his name, home address, phone number, license plate number and other personal details.

A campaign of harassment launched by animals-lovers nationwide over the following days drove the dog-abuser, Wang Jian, to publicly apologize.

On Tuesday afternoon, Wang prostrated himself five times in front of 50 activists, expressed "profound regret" over his "impulsive actions" and promised to donate RMB10,000 to pay for the dog's medical treatment. 

Public apology

Public apology

Public apology

Public apology

Public apology

Public apology

Judging by commentary on the story, online opinion has lined up on Wang's side and condemned the activists who compelled Wang to apologize as "extortionists" and "cult" members who "worship dogs and have no concern for children."

Such stories stories are typically met in mainstream Chinese media with a torrent of divisiveness and anger from netizens, who generally regard concern for the wellbeing of animals as a pointless bourgeois pursuit of the idle middle classes that seeks to distort and harm social order.

In this case, popular comments included calls of support for Yulin's controversial dog meat festival and suggestions to join the festival en masse this year. 

READ MORE: A hairy business: Animal welfare in China

[Images via Sina]

more news

Portly Shenzhen woman stopped at HK border, forced to take pregnancy test (it was negative)

Respect and Serve and occasionally force to pee on a stick.

'Gateway to Hell' discovered in Xinjiang capital Urumqi

Crater above smoldering coal bed inspires fear, madness.

Guangdong villagers riot, firebomb highspeed train station after arrest of local activists

Molotov cocktails explode on railway platform in the city of Jieyang.

25-year-old says she was 'forced to marry' 61-year-old official

'Tea Fairy of the Central Plains' accuses Henan official of threatening her into marriage.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at thatsonline for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in China With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Subscribe

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Magazines!

Visit the archives