Saturday, June 21, 2008
Andy Warhol Visits Leisa-land
NG writes of sweet and sour cat. I will go to my grave remembering a 60 minutes segment--probably 20 years ago. The segment was on how China feeds her 3 billion or so mouths (or whatever the number was).
I still vividly see the image of monkeys, cats and dogs in cages at the market. (In fact, I had a blog post on that). One of my colleagues many years ago went to China. There are no stray dogs.
We could probably cure our trade deficit with China if we were to ship to them our unwanted cats and dogs for their consumption. At least they eat these animals and do not abuse them or toss them out. The marginal utility of an unwanted animal in China is a full belly for a person--and no life of misery for the animal. In our own country, an unwanted animal is cast out and left to fend for themselves. We still have full bellies, but the lot for the animal is not so good as my weekly Saturday drives remind me. So sweet and sour cat is much better than abused and abandoned cat in Leisa-land.