A man caught on video skinning a dog in public in Shanghai has raised the ire of Chinese netizens. In the video, a Golden Retriever dog is hung by its neck on a pole while its fur is being slowly peeled off by a man wearing a jacket and hoodie.
Chinese news broadcaster Sina reported that his movements seemed fluid and practiced. When he realised he was being filmed, he pulled his hoodie down low to conceal his face. The woman who took the video, who was identified by Chinese website ChinaSmack as Ms Zhang, said the scene made her entire body tremble and prevented her from sleeping well.
Video is censored.
She said that the man was very cruel and that she hoped her video would be a call for people to take care of their pets and treat them well. Further investigation by Sina revealed that the people living in the area was not familiar with the man nor the dog.
Reactions from Chinese netizens were mixed. Most said that although such behavior was not illegal, such cruelty to animals was uncalled for and that it was embarrasing for China to be portrayed in this manner. Others said that this was no different to poultry and livestock being slaughtered for food. They also said that there should not be a big fuss over it because of China's tradition of eating dogs.
There are some graphic photos at the link.