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Dogs in China : A Horrific Story of Senseless Cruelty in the Dog Meat Industry

Updated on August 23, 2017

The Shocking and Inhumane Treatment of Dogs in China

The purpose of this lens is to document and highlight the current inhumane and abusive treatment of dogs in The Peoples Republic of China, with the hope that worldwide knowledge and attention will support and assist the Chinese people in securing adequate and necessary animal welfare protection.

Everyday, countless thousands of dogs (many former pets) are inhumanely caged, beaten, tortured, killed and butchered, often times publicly, to feed the Chinese demand for dog meat. This activity occurs, while simultaneously three quarters of the Chinese population have indicated a desire for improved animal welfare protections and an end to the dog meat industry. Pet ownership in China has also increased dramatically, in recent years.

Please note: I am not a member of any group, or political organization and I have no agenda, other than to do what I can in improving the welfare of dogs and animals. I especially feel strongly committed, to protecting and improving the welfare of companion animals, who are completely dependent on humans for their care and well-being. This is the path of personal, as well as social responsibility and what I as one person can do and contribute.

This has been a very difficult lens for me to build, because of the fact that I love dogs and I'm a lifelong pet owner. To actually witness the facts of their pain and suffering in modern day China is unsettling and disturbing, to say the least! Hopefully, it will prove beneficial in the long-run.

Dogs awaiting their fate outside of a Chinese Dog Market.

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*Dogs are often caged tightly and kept in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions until butchered.

*Dogs are purposely slaughtered in front of other dogs, to increase their fear and stress level- as this is supposed to enhance the flavor and increase the adrenaline in their meat, which according to Chinese folklore, boosts virility. Actual physical torture and bleeding them out slowly, are other routine methods used for this purpose.

*Dogs are frequently kept in cages outside of restaurants and markets until selected for slaughter, at which time, it is common for this to occur in public view, right on the street.

*This dog is well aware of what lies ahead!

*These dogs are being shipped to a meat processing plant for slaughter. Their suffering includes a two day truck ride without food or water.

*It has been documented recently that the overall demand for dog meat has been decreasing in China and that there are fewer dog farms now, due to the low dog meat prices. Unfortunately, this means that pets are being stolen by unscrupulous individuals, to fill the void and the demand by restaurants and others.

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The Peoples Republic of China and Lack of Animal Cruelty and Welfare Laws

Why Pick-On China?

* Why is this lens highlighting dog cruelty in China, when dog and animal cruelty remains a problem and issue worldwide?

*The reason is very simply, that The Peoples Republic, which has become a modern, industrialized, technologically advanced nation and society, one that has significant commercial and trade interests with the U.S. and other world powers, still has no animal welfare or animal protection laws! (Oh, and by the way, Walmart and Costco, obtain an estimated 80%-90% of their products from the Chinese market).

*This means that the vast majority of Chinese citizens, who favor elimination of dog butchery and animal cruelty, are unable to voice their concerns or take appropriate legal measures to end this barbaric and inhumane industry in their own country!

*A 2004 survey indicates that at least 75% of the Chinese people polled, favored an end to the dog meat trade and the adoption of animal welfare and cruelty laws, such as are almost standard and universal throughout the rest of the developed countries and civilized world! Hong Kong is the only region of The Peoples Republic that has banned the dog meat industry and has animal welfare laws in place.

*Hosting the recent Olympic games was a calculated strategy by the Peoples Republic of China, to highlight their progress as a world economic power. Much effort was expended by the government to present a modern and progressive society.

*There are many reputable reports indicating, that dog meat markets and restaurants around the Olympic sites were actually closed down or moved temporarily, so as not to offend foreign Olympic guests and to present a better (more civilized) image. Imagine that! But guess what - the whole world is watching!

Recent News on Dogs in China

The Struggle Continues: An Appeal from Animals Asia Foundation

Rescued from meat traders, they need your help now!

I hope you had a great New Years' Eve and are looking forward to the Year of the Ox!

For us, it was a bumpy start to the year - elation at being involved in the first major rescue of "meat dogs" from a trader in China, but also sadness at seeing the state of the dogs and the knowledge that millions of others are still trapped in this brutal industry.

It all started on New Year's Eve when the Qiming Rescue Centre, a dog shelter in Chengdu, asked for our help. The authorities in nearby Pengzhou had just confiscated 149 dogs from an unlicensed trading station (after a tip-off from Qiming staff) and the dogs were on their way to the shelter.

Our first sight of the dogs was shocking. A small team, including one of our vets and a vet nurse, quickly grabbed medical supplies and headed for the shelter. We arrived just as the truck carrying the dogs pulled in. I couldn't believe what we were witnessing! It was horrible in every sense of the word - the stench (so familiar from our visits to live animal markets), the blood-curdling cries coming from the cages as the terrified dogs bit into each and, as always, the terrible feeling we all get when we look into the haunting, sad eyes of these beautiful animals.

Our first sight of the dogs was shocking

I hate to think how long they had been in those cages, many of them packed in so tightly that they were piled on top of each other. Some of the dogs were shaking with anxiety, while others were rigid with fear. Many were suffering terribly and showing symptoms of parvovirus, distemper and kennel cough. Most were skeletal and their coats filthy from being excreted and urinated on by the top layer of dogs.

Our volunteer vet nurse Helena tends to the dogs. Animals Asia is health-checking the dogs, treating their wounds, vaccinating them and, sadly, euthanising those that are just too sick to save or so aggressive that we could not rule out rabies or other diseases; these dogs are also a serious risk to other dogs and handlers. The process is ongoing, but we hope many of the dogs will recover and find good homes. However, these are the lucky ones - this year alone, millions of other dogs (and cats) will be slaughtered in the most brutal manner in hellish meat markets in China.

will be crammed together into tiny cages, loaded onto trucks and driven day and night for four or five days with no food or water (if they are lucky, they might be hosed down, just to keep them alive). Once at the markets in southern China, they will be bludgeoned across the face, stabbed and bled out, or slowly, torturously beaten to death in the misguided belief that their meat will taste better if they are panic-stricken at the point of death. The same fate awaits millions of cats - some of them are even boiled alive.

What is so encouraging about this rescue is that it was a local animal-welfare centre that alerted the authorities about the unlicensed trader and, for the first time, the authorities actually confiscated the dogs! This is a wonderful example of Chinese people standing up and saying "no" to the cruel dog-eating trade - and it underpins our education efforts to stop demand and bring this industry to an end.

Many of the dogs were wearing collars and a number of them were pure-bred; these were possibly stolen pets; others had been collected as strays from the streets, bred in dingy cages on dog farms or raised in rural houses purposefully for meat.

At the moment, Qiming Rescue Centre has only cramped room to house these new dogs - at least temporarily - as we revamp and upgrade the facility and help them recover from their terrible trauma while they await adoption.

Animals Asia's Christie comforts some of the survivors.

We have much work to do, as the bitterly cold winter months close in on us, including more weatherproofing, extending the roof to cover many more dog runs, concreting the enclosures and runs and making dry, wooden-box beds. With the added expense of food and medical care, this is going to be a costly process.

All the money raised in this appeal will go directly to the care of the dogs at the Qiming shelter. Any remaining when our work there is finished, will go to our ongoing campaigns to end dog-and-cat eating.

Already, dogs that ran away whenever we walked into the enclosures are now slowly approaching us with cautious tail wags and trusting eyes. Some will stand nervously as we gently stroke their fur - but when we stop they will turn towards us shyly asking for more. Somehow I think they know they're the lucky ones - but there is still a long way to go.

Right now, these poor dogs need your help! Please send a donation, however small, to help us save them - and maybe turn some into animal-therapy "ambassador" dogs.

Warm wishes,

Jill Robinson MBE

Founder and CEO

Animals Asia Foundation

PS: This year is going to be particularly hard for us with the global economic crisis. So please, even if you can afford only a small amount, your donation will be greatly appreciated. Money goes a long way in China, and I guarantee that none of it will be wasted.

For more information, visit Jill's Blog:

To donate now, please go to our website:

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The Whole World is Watching

This Senseless Cruelty and Slaughter

of Dogs!

What Can You Do to Help End Dog Cruelty and Animal Abuse in China?

1). Go to and sign the online petition for presentation to the Chinese government.

2).Support organizations, such as One Voice, which is working to end the animal cruelty and abuse in China and around the world.

3). Support local animal shelters and local animal welfare laws and initiatives.

4). Become an informed individual and stand-up for animal welfare and for your beliefs! (join-up with your peers).

Where do you stand? - The Abuse of Dogs in the Chinese Dog Meat Industry

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The brutal reality of dogs in China Exposed

Discussion and Comments from Readers - Thank you for your support in ending this cruelty!

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      IDoAlterations 4 years ago

      I lived in China for two years and I did see one of those trucks transporting dogs all cramped together. I knew exactly where they were headed. Although, I never saw one butchered or any advertisements for dog meat. I know the Chinese citizens are starting to see eating dog meat as wrong. We just need to give them time to come around. Now if only they'd stop eating shark fin soup too!

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      Amy Trumpeter 4 years ago from Oxford

      I have also been to China and was quite shocked at some of the conditions that animals were kept in. I am a dog lover, and this is sad for me to see. There are so many human rights issues in China too. Thank you so much for writing this lens to raise awareness.

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      jgrayson11 4 years ago

      China NEEDS to wake up to reality and STOP doing these evil acts :(

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      liezlkelland 4 years ago

      By the way, the One Voice link doesn't appear to be working.

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      liezlkelland 4 years ago

      I visited the bird and insect market in Shanghai yesterday and was horrified. This is not a meat market in some remote area where no one can see what is happening. This is right in the middle of the city!! I hate a chirping cricket as much as the next guy when it keeps me awake at night, but it is not okay to shove it in a little box without food and water so that it can sing for you until it dies. 80% of the kittens looked sick, so they probably won't find homes. There were turtles there that I'm sure must be on an endangered list somewhere as they were kept behind glass doors and, unlike the other turtles, I was not allowed to photograph them. The bird cages were filthy and tiny and many of the birds had started plucking out their feathers due to stress.

      I am doing a blog post on the market and came across your article while researching. Cried through the whole thing like I cried myself asleep last night picturing this one kitten. I would like to include quite a lot of your content and suggestions (with the necessary nods of course). Please let me know if you would prefer me not to.

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      dmcbane 4 years ago

      While I don't disagree with you, I also don't think dogs should be singled out for humane treatment just because we don't eat them in the west. The treatment of most, if not all, animals in China is senselessly cruel. And I believe that includes a number of endangered species.

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      connor-hamilton-5688 4 years ago

      I say...all animals feel the same pain but we in the west at least have regulations for the humane care and slaughter of food stock. we can't be naïve and think people will stop eating meat or that we can change somone's cultural views BUT there is no need to subject animals to suffering or torture. Asia needs to create laws and regulations that ensure humane slaughter. Many animals have to be euthanized to in the west to cease their suffering and as animal lovers we are ok with the practice as it is humane. It is not up to us to decide if a culture should eat or not eat an animal but they should do it humanley wheather its dog, pig, cow, etc...

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      Merryl 4 years ago

      @ESLinsider LM: Agreed,we do abuse many types of animals here in the USA. I think it is disgusting,cruel,in humane and unacceptable! That does not make it any less abhorant. Dogs,cats,raccoon dogs,mink,etc. should all be treated with kindness. The Asian population is the main cause of the killing of the elephant and rhino in Africa. These people have very little regard for humanity,let alone animals.

      All humanity needs to change the their attitude toward the way we treat animals,whether for companionship, or food.

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      anticruelty 5 years ago

      Thank you for this: although Chinese culture has given us many fantastic things, the animal cruelty which is rampant there, as it is here in the west, is unacceptable. Please take a second to check out my views on cruelty against animals:

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      ESLinsider LM 4 years ago

      Yeah some people eat dog in Korea too. That's just a cultural difference. What's the difference between a dog and a cow? Not so much really. To westerners it's a big deal, because our culture is different. But we abuse chickens, cows and pigs on a regular basis. Ever see FOOD Inc.?

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      pgwen-tsai 5 years ago

      This is so sad. It makes me feel ashamed to be Chinese. You, Chinese, must eat everything?! Because of that, everyone in the F-ing world thinks ALL of us are dog eating assholes. Thanks! I curse animal borne illlness on China. BIT^H, learn your lessons or I pray next time something more horrible than SARS will wipe out your people, yes, my people, but I wash my hands of you, money oriented, greedy, unkind, china fui9king people.

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      We all must rage and rant for as long as it takes, country by country (including our own) until cruelty like this is stopped.

      China and their abuse of animals is a good place to start, readers of this page need to ----- STAND UP AND BE COUNTED ------ you have the power to make the world a better place, but it is up to all of you to make the effort!

      Keep up the great work with your lenses about dogs in China!

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      Kellie-Ryan 5 years ago

      This is a nightmare - it breaks my heart to read about the abuse that is happening to dogs in China!

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      potovanja 5 years ago

      I totally agree with you swathke... I can't look this... My heart ... Why are this people so cruel? They don't know that we see almost everything? I know that there is so many poor people, but doing this??? This is No1 cruelty country on the world. China, south korea... and few more are the most disgust countries on the planet. I boykot all china and south korea products and everything from those countries for many years now. We must do the same... HELP THIS ANIMALS!!! I URGE TO YXOU!!!

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      swathke 5 years ago

      Dear God I pray please lead enough of us to this topic that we can make a change. We all make a change in life even if small. This is something I just can't ignore. Poor beautiful dogs they have such heart there has to be something humane done. God help please

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Nice information of dogs.! Wonderful lens !

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      claudiatuli 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. It is just disgusting, no respect for Life at all....

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      whiskyandsoda 5 years ago

      Thanks a lot for sharing all this sad information. We should speak more about cruelty toward animals and take an action. Also we shouldn't forget about all these animals that suffer in our neighbourhood.

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      mrparker1 6 years ago

      Thanks for this... we all know that this goes on, just the same in UK abattoirs, with different animals! We need to keep the pressure up on ANY animal abuse, so thank you so much for sharing this horrific trade, This is not anti Chinese, simply anti cruelty!

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      WayneDave LM 6 years ago

      Great lens about an awful topic. It really does highlight some real issues. It's dreadful to think that this goes on. Thanks a lot for sharing this fantastic work.

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      Nightcat 6 years ago

      Thanks so much for highlighting animal rights. Saying that we can't fight for dogs in China until all dogs here are not abused doesn't make any sense to me. Aren't we one world, one voice? About time we fight for those who can't fight for themselves!

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      TrainMyPitbull 6 years ago

      A lot of info--thank you for sharing.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      A real wake up call. The only way to deal with China is through the hip pocket and stop buying their goods. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Angel Blessings for Dogs on Squidoo

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is heartbreaking. I did not know about this. Thank you for calling people's attention to this.

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      SylviaRolfe 6 years ago

      Animal cruelty is NOT okay. We need to stop these people. Here is the one I am fighting for right now...

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      It seems to me that each and every animal rights activist could boycott eating meat, all meat, as a starting point.

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      thescubadude 7 years ago

      Sad topic, but a really brilliantly written lens! Would you consider doing a guest post for our dog products website blog? I could pay you modest amount for an article.

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      Merryl 7 years ago

      @Psykryph LM: I agree all countries need to look in the mirror and realize that we too abuse animals. That doesn't mean I will not try to stop the EXTREME abuse of animals in Asia. In Japan there is the dolphin,in China, dogs, cats and I am sure many other species, including the Moon Bear in a lot of Asia, for bile!

      I am no longer eating meat, and I give to as many organizations who try to rescue and stop the cruel treatment of all animals.I sign petitions, send e-mails and call to help stop the slaughter of animals. I will boycott China and any American company that is doing or supporting torture or cruelty to animals.

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      Psykryph LM 7 years ago

      boycott china? you must be joking. get over it all you animal-loving fools. you hypocrites slaughter thousands of cows and other animals for food in your countries every day. what if a hindu country (that views cows as sacred beasts) were to say this stuff against you? You people sicken me.

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      scar4 7 years ago

      Yesterday, I checked a lens named "Eating Monkey Brain" and vomited up all I had eaten. But now I am going to repeat the movement again.

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Thanks for writing on an important subject. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      I am sickened every day by the pointless abuse that animals suffer at the hands of humans. Thank you for educating others of the horrors that these sweet animals endure. My heart goes out to you for making a lens on such a difficult topic, but without knowledge, nothing will ever change. Thank you.

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      foreverme 8 years ago

      Very good, very passionate lens!

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      Thank you for putting this lens together. The more information put in front of people, the better. Progress is being made due to protests - both written petitions and letters and in person, many by the Chinese people themselves, but mostly by other nations. 5 stars, favorite and lensrolled to Boycott China for Crimes Against Animals I've also added it as a featured lens. Thank you again for all you do for animals. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great lens! It really is an eye opener!

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      crazedmama 8 years ago

      Great educational lens here! Animal abuse needs to be stopped everywhere but i don't think it will. Humans are still barbaric even in this day and age! Ive just made a new lens to fight against animal abuse! im going to lensroll you!

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      crazedmama 8 years ago

      Great educational lens here! Animal abuse needs to be stopped everywhere but i don't think it will. Humans are still barbaric even in this day and age! Ive just made a new lens to fight against animal abuse! im going to lensroll you!

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      FriesianFarms 9 years ago

      Great Lens, we thought this had been stopped in China many years ago

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      TriviaChamp 9 years ago

      Great lens. Animal cruelty everywhere needs to be stopped. They need people to speak up for them.


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      Karendelac 9 years ago

      Greetings Greg,

      I dropped by to visit again.

      This is an important lens and the exposure of this brutality is something I applaud.

      I have forwarded a link to this lens to those Chinese that spam me to purchase their fake nike shoes and Counterfeit Calloway Golf clubs !

      Lens Rolled and favorited to all me lenses.

      Best to Greg

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      VARADHARAJAN 9 years ago

      excellent lens . if i have power i will kill all those guys and feed them to dogs( i am an animal lover).


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      Jimmie Lanley 9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      It seems from your lens that you are not opposed to eating dog meat per se but simply the inhumane treatment of dogs. Is that correct? Your choice of words is quite interesting --inhumane treatment. Consider the nation you're talking about: a country constantly being on the defensive about accused human rights violations by western nations. Humane treatment is a totally different ballgame in China.

      Best wishes in your journey for the dogs!

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      nancydodds1 9 years ago

      Good Information. Thanks for sharing. Have lens related to pethotels

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      Couch-Covers-Melanie 9 years ago

      Excellent lens! I am a big dog lover and we own one as well. I just can't understand how someone would do to such a horrible things to the most loyal person companion and to one of the smartest animals in the planet!

      5* for you of course!

      PS: Did you know couch covers can be real moneysavers?

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      tdove 9 years ago

      Yes very difficult to read a lens like this but it's the cold hard truth. Good work. Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      Sniff It Out 9 years ago

      Great job on bringing this to our attention! I have yet to bring myself to look at page 2!


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      MargoPArrowsmith 9 years ago

      I thank you for doing the lens, but I have to admit I couldn't read it.

      I read where the restaurants in Beijing were not allowed to serve dog during the Olympics, so they do care what the world thinks on this one.

      Keep up the good work, I just couldn't read it. 5*

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      Karendelac 9 years ago

      5 Stars ~~ I wish I could give 20 !

      Vital subject, vital data.

      Chinese atrocties are becoming more known.

      Some 80% of Costco product is from China and ditto for Walmart. Americans can play a part on using some muscle to end this.