In these situations it's easy to say that the Chinese are cruel but you have to take into consideration the cultural differences. Whereas I do believe the animals suffered for no reason, it's because I grew up in an environment which taught that. These people aren't "evil", but it's just in their culture. Their medicine is a part of their culture and history and even though it violates modern-world ethics, that doesn't make it right or wrong.
I often try to take myself out of the modern/western way of thinking whenever I read articles such as this. It's hard and it doesn't sit right with me to justify what they do but I have to take into consideration that these people don't have the same mindset. Doesn't make me better or whatever, just different.