Dog Dies During Facelift Demanded By Chinese Breeder

A Chinese man has sued a Beijing animal hospital over the death of his dog during plastic surgery. Chinese animal welfare advocates have been appalled at the surgery, a facelift that was performed specifcally to meet “the aesthetic desire” of the man, as Qin Xiaona, director of the Capital Animal Association, says to the Global Times.

Mr. Yu (as the media are referring to him) owns a Beijing dog farm. He†wanted the dog to have a “facelift” to improve his appearance and thereby increase profits, as he says in the†Global Times:†”The†skin of my dog’s head was very flabby, so I wanted to cut part of his forehead and straighten the skin…..†If my dog looks better, female dog owners will pay a higher price when they want to mate their dog with mine.”

Yu is demanding†880,000 yuan ($141,240) in compensation for the dog’s death; he claims that he bought the dog, a Tibetan Mastiff, from another owner for that price in March of 2012. He had previously had other dogs undergo surgery to make their ears more erect. The Global Times says that Yu owns 30 dogs and has been breeding them with dogs from other farms for fifteen years, for a price of†30,000 to 300,000 yuan. He also keeps female dogs whose puppies can sell from several thousand yuan to several million yuan.

The Tibetan Mastiff has become a canine status symbol for China’s nouveaux riche. One†sold for 20 million yuan last year; a coal magnate in northern China bought a mastiff, Hong Dong for 10 million yuan in 2011. “If you are rich, you can easily buy a big house or a Lamborghini. But owning a pure-bred mastiff is quite another thing. It’s solid evidence of your wealth, power and taste,” millionaire dog breeder Li Yongfu is quoted as saying in the Telegraph.

Not only have Chinese animal welfare advocates expressed outrage at the use of plastic surgery to make the deceased mastiff look “better” according to the eyes of Yu. It is presumptuous for us to think that what humans consider “attractive” is the same as what animals do.

Advocates also point out that it is abusive for Tibetan mastiffs, which are native to the grassland plateaus of Central Asia and were originally bred as guard dogs, to be raised in lowland cities including Beijing and in urban areas, period.

In the Global Times,†Zhang Mingming, who owns two cats, shuddered at the use of plastic surgery on a pet as such treats him or her “like a toy instead of a living being.” As†Care2 blogger Judy Molland writes about†the current rage for†dog tattoos in the U.K.

Isnít tattooing, or any other kind of adorning, taking away your petís dignity? How would humans like it if they had to submit to such embellishments against their will?

In the case of the deceased mastiff, the facelift was intended for the profit of the dog’s owner, in blatant disregard for the “rights and interests of the dog,” says†Qin of the Capital Animal Association. It is horrendous that Yu is still seeking to make money from the now deceased dog who more than deserves to be left in peace.


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Manuela B.
Manuela B.2 years ago

bloody hell....what can one say.

Nickihermes Celine
Past Member 2 years ago

very,very sad,thank you for sharing 14/7

Kylie Koh
Wendy Koh2 years ago

Very sad and angry that the morale standards in China now has fallen way too low!

Carrie-Anne Brown

very sad news but thanks for sharing

Liling O.2 years ago

Cosmetic surgery for dogs should be ban in China all together!

It is an absolute shame to know that they are doing all these horrible things to any innocent,helpless animals after learning ancient philosophies dating back to at least 3000 years ago.

Liling O.2 years ago

This is very frustratingly absurd and disgusting.
It was the owner's fault,and all the poor dog wouldn't die in such a horrible way.

This is the typical China people! They are always blaming others for the outcome that doesn't go their own way!

Julie R.
Julie R.2 years ago

Absolutely disgusting trust the Chinese it would be one of them who else would put an animal through that, the Chinese make me sick with the cruelty they inflict on animals shoot the lot of them...

RS Blain
RS Blain2 years ago

This is so sick I can't even read the article. Stupid in all areas, the owner of the dog, the vet hospital that would agree to such a thing...

Susan L.
Susan L.2 years ago

Mr Yu needs to be banned from keeping any kind of life form for the rest of his miserable little life. However, I would be more than happy to lift a part of Mr Yu's anatomy to heights he never thought possible!

Diane L.
Diane L.2 years ago

"It appears that anyone who lives in countries like China, South Korea, Vietnam or Japan has lost the right to associate in any way with the higher animals.".....Just WHO are the "higher animals" you refer to, Mark D? Many in S.E. Asia care deeply for animals, and in case you missed it, they have a Giant Panda research/sanctuary in China, where the workers wear masks over their mouths to prevent spreading germs when handling babies. In Indonesia, natives have control over and operate Orangutan sanctuaries (watch Orangutan Island on Animal Planet). There are despicable people who think they are above it all, including the man discussed in this article, but they aren't ALL the citizens of those countries. You are being very unfair, as usual.

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