Monday, October 15, 2007

Blog Action Day Post - Boycott China!

A friend of mine, who runs Get Off Ur Ass Adventure and Travel, and I were talking the other day and this post is largely credited to him for having propelled the idea.

Boycott China…that’s what the guy says. The reason for more than half of the species in or part of the world being endangered is attributed directly to China, to say nothing of the fact that our National Animal – the Bengal Tiger – is walking the thin line between endangerment and extinction due to the outrageous demand placed on tiger bones by China. And we - the nation of a billion mute and spineless creatures - have nothing to say (what’s new about that – how much respect does India accord to anything other of its national symbols (hockey anyone?) to deviate and start caring about the Tiger?).

The most audacious act on part of China is not taking a stand on the issue (but then that has never been the kind of country that does things for the sake of political correctness), even as so many species continue to be elbowed into extinction. And we merrily continue to consume all things Chinese completely oblivious to what they are doing to our environment (not just the environment, our kids too – going by the recent Mattel discovery about Chinese toys).

Why are we patronizing China in this manner? As Indians, we should be even more wary of it since the Chinese economy directly competes with ours. Is China that invincible? Why is no one raising a voice against her? I believe that each one of our voices makes a difference. So here is mine “Boycott China!” in chorus with my friend’s. Care to join us?

3 Thinkers Pondered:

Vinni said...

nice one! i did not they were behind it. the tiger truly is the most majestic creature that has walked this earth. there are some 1500 left on the last count. and the numbers keep going down.
not good

Santosh said...

Damn well - activism has to get to the streets to save our wildlife or we will be left with no wildlands and living forests anymore. i have given up all chinese and will use my website to propagate the same - i will openly disregard using any chinese anywhere.. dont read this as a passing comment - think about it.. we do not deserve to loose this magnificent animal cos of the fools we are..
it does not stop with the tigers alone - there are a lot of other species which are in the brink of extinction.. all i can say is getoff ur ass'

Sowmya said...

Me joining too...

Just tell me what(all) I should refrain from buying...