A Chinese farmer has gone viral after tying a squirrel to a beer bottle and whipping the animal as it cries. The rodent had apparently scurried onto the man's field and nibbled on his crop of corn, and the farmer was so incensed he managed to grab hold of it and tether it to a large bottle he had in his house. He can be heard in the video furiously shouting at the scared animal, saying: "Why are you stealing from me? Go steal my cousin’s. We don’t have enough corn for ourselves. Now you want some too?" Watching the fluffy animal struggle against it binds is difficult, as its face screws up and it flinches away from the whip.
The torture is said to have occurred in Guizhou, China and the footage spread online since it was first uploaded on May 31st. It has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times, and shared by thousands of angry viewers who are calling for the man to be interviewed by the police. Animal activists are calling for the farmer to be punished, but animal welfare laws are infamously lax in the Asian country. Keith Guo, press officer at PETA Asia, said: "This is yet another reason why China needs an animal-protection law. Such abuse is why PETA is on the ground to raise awareness of all animal-welfare issues." The video is being used as part of a campaign for calls for increased animal protection laws in the country.
There are currently no nationwide laws in China that explicitly prohibit the mistreatment of animals but there are some specific pieces of legislation that cover research and zoo animals. Several laws have been drafted but failed due to a lack of political support, in 2006 Zhou Ping of the National People's Congress introduced a proposal for a nationwide animal-protection law in China, but it didn't move forward. Then in 2009 the first comprehensive 'Animal Protection Law' of the People's Republic of China was drafted, but has not progressed in any way in over five years. Welfare groups continue to fight for the protections of animals in the country, and the Chinese Animal Protection Network has taken huge steps since its inception with a pioneering role in the movement against eating cats and dogs.