In defense of the Chinese in general...
In college I lived with two girls from China, recently moved here in their mid teens. They ate very strange diets, mostly of fish and vegetable base, but also jellyfish, chicken feet, cow stomach, yeah. Taboo to us, but it is what they know. They were also from a poor area inland, and they had eaten dog. It isn't so much a matter of animal rights out there, it's a matter of survival. Very poor towns do what they can to survive, and I'm grateful I'm not in that position. I wouldn't call either of those girls brutal, in fact, I think they're more enlightened on the circle of life and respecting the animals they eat than anyone else. I would say their diets are mostly vegan, with the exception of a few meals here and there, which would put them as a nation in a much better place than most American steak house fiends.
Also, their culture (my friends, not Chinese in general) didn't have pets really, when I got my guinea pigs, the one didn't understand why I would pay to feed something that I should cook. I was shocked when she said that, but I mean, I understand. Where she grew up, she wasn't interested in saving anything but herself and family.
Also, I believe humanity when broken down to its poorest and tougest, reverts to a more primitive, hunting form, where animals are prey. That is how man was before modern civilization.
I in no way defend the abuse of dogs whether for amusement or food, I'm merely pointing out we don't understand their situations, and can't be so hasty to judge. Americans on the other hand, have no excuse given the plentiful food options made to us.