Tonight at midnight marks the start of the Year of the Dragon. In the Chinese Zodiac, the dragon represents power, strength and good luck. These auspicious qualities are needed at a time of deep change in Chinese culture. Animal cruelty laws are lacking in China — at the same time, though, there are many who are beginning to recognize the welfare needs of animals and are starting to do something about it through individual acts like this one:
There is a long way to go in the West as well as in Asia when it comes to the welfare of animals. One step at a time.
Gong Xi Fa Cai, wishing all a healthy, productive and powerful New Year.