Nothing gives Chinese more pleasure than torturing small furry animals. Little wonder Australia holds such an attraction for the Chinese since we have tiny critters galore to torture and kill.
Chinese student Zhenbo Gao, 24, was so cock-a-hoop over Aussie wildlife he couldn’t help shadowing and killing a tiny echidna at the campus of Queensland’s Griffith University. Enthralled at the spiky egg-laying mammal, the first thought that entered his head, as he told RSPCA, was whether or not it could survive a great fall.
Bear in mind, without this kind of curiosity, China wouldn’t be able to boast a thriving trade in human organs.
Gao told the Holland Park Magistrate’s Court last Wednesday that he was enjoying himself chasing koalas, tormenting possums, and stalking lizards so he couldn’t help himself when he discovered the echidna.
At first, he explained, he was hunting the lizards when he came upon the adult echidna hiding in a bush. Exhaling with a wondrous, “Ahhhhhhhh,” he picked it up and toyed with it awhile before dropping it to the ground to test its durability. The creature was struggling but hadn’t died. A delighted Gao had a better idea. Carrying the cute spiky ball to a nearby bridge, he then dropped it from a height of two storeys to test the quality of its relationship with gravity. Surprisingly, it couldn’t fly.
Instead, the injured echidna balled up under a nearby ramp, burying itself in the dirt. But Gao was not about to be fooled by the terrified animal’s gauche attempts at camouflaging itself. Since Chinese like killing things, he ran down, grabbed a rock the size of a football, and hurled it at the echidna. Following a damp thud, the echidna stopped moving. Success at last! He had proved beyond all doubt that a wounded echidna was no match for a massive rock. An autopsy revealed that the echidna, which died of blunt force trauma, was in significant pain when it winked out; news that doubtless thrilled Gao.
But Chinese students like Gao, being the bread and butter of Griffith University, was never about to serve prison time for committing anything like an act of cruelty against a lowly echidna. After all, it’s a cultural tradition back in China, where killing animals is as normal as farting during a family meal.
Instead, he copped some community service, was fined a token amount, and banned from keeping animals for five years. While accepting the decision of the magistrate, Gao was no doubt bemused by all the fuss over a small prickly beast.
Meanwhile, fellow countryman Tom Zhou, a Chinese businessman, owns a luxury property in Murrindindi, Victoria. He’s been advertising on a Mandarin website and charging his fellow Chinese to come down under to shoot possums and other Australian wildlife. The fact that much of it is illegal is of little interest to Zhou. His packages offer “an unforgettable hunt”. Each two-day $1,000 per-person bundle guarantees one night’s accommodation and ‘high-end’ business car transfers from Melbourne.
Translated into English, his website ad reads, “The first thing that should be felt in Australia is to be a wilderness hunter in the mountains of Australia.” Perhaps it should be to learn proper English, but whatever. The website invites guests to use “all kinds of hunting weapons, including double-barrelled shotguns, small calibre rifles, and large calibre sniper rifles.”
It lists hares, foxes, wombats, wild ducks, red deer, sambars and a variety of wild animals “to spend a happy holiday with [you].” However, no mention of echidnas.
Zhou is planning on expanding his killing retreat into a hotel so that a quarter of China’s Communist Party can, at any given time, come down to our country and kill our wildlife in the pursuit of their celestial happiness.
And for those bleeding-heart vegans who might get all weepy over these wombats, just consider how vicious they are.
Nothing is deadlier than a killer wombat! Thousands of bush goers are killed every year by the muscular marsupials. If Zhou and his fellow Chinese are prepared to lightly arm themselves with high calibre rifles and street sweepers and go out and face down a wombat, then they should be considered heroes.