First Animal Abuse Law Edges Closer In China


Dog and cat meat could soon be banned from restaurants in China, ending thousands of years of tradition, following protests from animal rights campaigners.The Chinese government is now on the verge of introducing its first law against animal abuse and permanently removing both animals from the menu.The first draft of the law, aiming to protect animals from being hurt and killed in a cruel manner, will be raised for legislation in April.

In particular, the draft suggests people caught eating dog or cat meat be jailed for up to 15 days and fined 5,000 yuan (£450), while businesses would be fined between 100,000 to 500,000 yuan (£9,000 to £45,000).

Pet lovers’ associations have sprung up in Chinese cities over recent years, with one liberation group last year ramming a truck full of caged cats to rescue them from being shipped to southern restaurants.While many Chinese enjoy rich dog meat, especially during cold winters, some object to the practice in some regions of beating dogs to death to release the blood into the meat.

The China National Native Produce & Animal By-Products Import and Export Corporation backed the initiative, which it believes will improve overseas perceptions of Chinese exports.Others insisted a ban on dog and cat meat was unrealistic.’Banning such custom by law is inappropriate and unable to work,’ said Xu Huiqiang, chief of wild animal protection in Jiangsu province, where a dog meat recipe has been listed as a piece of cultural heritage.

An official of Leping, a city that has a traditional catering industry based on dog meat, said that the local economy and people’s lives would be terribly hurt by such a law.’Cooking them alive must be punished but which meat to eat should be people’s own choice,’ said a commentary on Xinhua Daily in Nanjing. ‘Some people in China still can’t afford meat. We should not blindly copy Western values.’But one online protester named ‘Yuxiang999’ posted on ‘Eating cats and dogs is a shameless barbarian thing. Anyone with humanity would not kill these loyal friends of ours.’

(in reference to my previous articles “Stop Killing Dogs” and A humble request, even if your not a animal lover please sign this petition by going on the link below
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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. amanda
    Jan 29, 2010 @ 13:14:53

    Have enjoyed your site very much and benefited from the information. Many thanks!


  2. Chas
    Jan 29, 2010 @ 19:50:40

    The anti animal cruelty law is an “expert advisory draft” from China Academy of Social Science and Law, and must be reviewed by the legislative body. How much of it will become legislative propposal remains to be seen.

    Also, it does not ban dog/cat meat consumption, only regulation for humane treatment and sanitation. The academy did consider regional culture and tradition when drafting this proposal.

    BTW, if some Hindus think cows are God, should we not eat beef? Rabbit is pet in our society, yet we eat rabbits. If intelligence is the criteria pigs are smarter than cat, but pork chops are okay?


    • Izzy
      Jun 22, 2010 @ 16:54:23

      I agree. While I do believe killing cats and dogs in such cruel way is bad, I don’t understand why people think it’s okay to eat other animals. Cows are sacred in India, and yet we eat them. Fish and rabbits are common pets, and some people keep pigs, goats, and cows, so it’s kind of hypocritical.


  3. tom
    Jan 30, 2010 @ 06:58:02

    I will believe it when I see it. China’s rights on both humans and animals are non existent. I avoid buying anything from China if i can buy from another country………….


  4. swati
    Jan 30, 2010 @ 06:58:19

    Oh my god that picture… disgusting!!!
    those poor dogs 😦


  5. lorry
    Jan 30, 2010 @ 06:58:53

    I sincerely hope this does become law. Though in a country as vast as China with many remote villages I am not sure how effective the policing of the law will be. It is a start though and gives hope for a more cruelty free world eventually.


  6. Samantha
    Jan 30, 2010 @ 06:59:58

    One of the most disturbing things I have ever seen on TV was film of a market in China where cats were being dipped into a cauldron of boiling water straight from the cage to ‘loosen their fur’ to make them easier to skin while still alive. The twitching carcasses of the still barely alive but skinned cats on the stall upset me so much that I said I could never visit China.

    How can any civilised person do that?


  7. JeN
    Jan 30, 2010 @ 07:01:09

    I don’t think which animals they eat is the problem (this is coming from a cat and dog lover) but the quality of life that the animal experiences before the slaughter and the techniques used to slaughter them is the issue.


  8. steve
    Jan 30, 2010 @ 07:02:38

    As a vegan I believe that eating or abusing any animal for meat, fur and expermentation is barbari


  9. Pearl
    Jan 30, 2010 @ 07:04:28

    The way China treats animals is the main reason I could never, ever go there. I would want to save them all and bring all the poor things home with me.


  10. shell
    Jan 30, 2010 @ 07:05:34

    God forgive us for such evil!


  11. Marcus Devin
    Feb 01, 2010 @ 21:23:17

    Great stuff… I stumbled upon your blog while I was looking for pet stores in maryland.


  12. TheOne
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 03:12:53

    Drop a Nuke on these people..!! please..


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