Yes there is battery farming (which is now banned in the EU - one of the few good things they have done), foie gras production, bullfighting and stuff that happens in the west but most people don't agree with these things either. So to people calling other people hypocrites for insulting China's lack of animal welfare, you're wrong, I don't like animal cruelty anywhere and I'm not saying whatever cruelty goes on elsewhere is acceptable anymore than China's, it's just that what goes on in China (seriously, look at the fur farms) is abhorrent and worse than what I've seen anywhere else, there is a particular lack of respect for animals that is quite clear and seems to be an attitude that would barely be acceptable in 18th century england (the time when we were getting rid of bear baiting etc)
This thread suffers from two groups who are logically and/or morally flawed.
Firstly, you have the group who are willing to condemn China as quickly as possible for its brutal, degrading and dehumanising treatment of animals. I have seen videos of the way animals are processed within China and on an emotional level it is incredibly upsetting. It is quite easy to pass a quick judgement and conclude that these people are disgusting, vile and downright detestable. By supposed Western standards they absolutely are all of those things. However, as has been raised in this thread, one cannot ignore the own abuses that occur within the Western world. Have you seen what occurs within British abattoirs? I would suggest that much of it is torture and violates the rights of animals. Before one casts judgement on the backwash that is China, one should also consider that we in the West are not as enlightened as we like to think. No doubt we are more developed and civilised in this respect, but we are far from perfect. We are still contemptible. We must remember that we went through the same processes when we were a developing country. Our treatment of children, of people and of animals was disgraceful. We have improved but we are far from perfect. These less developed countries are going through the same processes. What we in the West need to do is to help them develop in a way which is less damaging to the Earth and her inhabitants. We have learnt what we did to the Earth, we need to ensure the new developing countries can mitigate that damage. If that means we have to pull out our wallet, that is a pain we MUST endure.
The second group are those which are too quick to point out that the West has these failings and appear to do so in a way which dismisses the abuses which occur in China, on occasion, with glee. The Chinese, or more widely Asian, treatment of animals can, in some circumstances, become physically sickening. 'Torture and pain makes it taste better' - that is degrading and dehumanising. It belittles any advance we claim to have made as a species that this can occur without widespread condemnation. Yes the West have their failings and yes we need to do more... much much much more to improve the rights of both humans and animals in our countries, but to dismiss out of hand the abuses that occur in these countries because 'we aren't perfect' is tantamount to approval.
I imagine this post will get a significant amount of 'negative reputation' but nothing contained within is false. We in the West must make more of an effort to ban practices which amount to torture and seek to punish those who engage in these activities. Furthermore, we should take poor treatment of animals far more easily and seek to ban factory farming, caged chickens, painful slaughtering techniques and anything else which could logically be seen as torture or causing unnecessary harm and pain to an animal which can actually feel pain - I know there is some debate as to whether fish and lobsters can indeed feel pain and would not wish to comment on this particular example given my lack of expertise in this area. We need to do more. We cannot just lecture the less developed countries on their barbaric treatment when ours is hardly impressive. The world must do more. How else can we call ourselves an enlightened species?
Honestly, I would gladly eat a cat or dog given the chance, why not?