Animal rights in China

Animal rights in China

The hard part of banning the consumption of wild animals? Defining them
Turtle soup, rice porridge with frog, snake soup, frog leg clay pot rice – could popular dishes in Chinese cuisine like these be off restaurant menus in China for good? That’s the worry of chefs, food critics and restaurant owners after the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top lawmaking body, banned the trade and consumption of wild animals in late February as part of measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak. The consumption of wild animals has drawn much government scrutiny, as both the current epidemic and the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) have been associated with markets in China selling meat from wild animals. The Sars virus o
Rescuers are knocking down doors to save pets locked down and starving in Wuhan
Animal rescuers are racing against the clock to save thousands of pets left alone in the central city of Wuhan after a lockdown prevented their owners from returning to their homes. A vet working in Wuhan said his rescue group has saved more than 2,000 pets from around the city since January 23, when the city went into lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus outbreak that has killed about 500 people worldwide. “The pets were found in homes with no food and water,” said the member of Wuhan Pet Life Online, who prefers to remain anonymous. “Their owners left their houses last month not expecting that they would not be able to return home. Pets are beginning to starve to death or die
The depleted Yangtze, Asia’s longest river, gets a 10-year fishing ban
China has imposed a 10-year commercial fishing ban in the Yangtze – the first ever for Asia’s longest river – in a bid to protect its aquatic life. Facing dwindling fish stocks and declining biodiversity in the 3,915-mile river, the Chinese government decided seasonal moratoriums were not enough. The ban took effect on Wednesday, and will be applied at 332 conservation sites along the river.  It will be extended to cover the main river course and key tributaries by January 1 next year, according to a State Council notice. “The Yangtze is a major river in the world in terms of its aquatic species diversity. It is also an important shield for protecting our country’s ecology and improving cons
Chinese pet detective reunites lost furry friends with owners
If your beloved furry friend goes missing in China, hiring a pet detective is now a way to increase your chances of a happy reunion. Equipped with hi-tech investigative tools, Shanghai-based private sleuth Sun Jinrong is handling cases across the country.  In about seven years of pet detecting, he has found about 1,000 wayward animals and claims a success rate of 60-70%.
Chinese animal rights groups outraged about arrival of baby elephants
Animal protection groups in China have expressed sadness and disappointment about the arrival of some 30 baby African elephants from Zimbabwe, in a case that has caused outrage among global wildlife campaigners. The wild-caught baby elephants, estimated to be between two to six years old, arrived last week at Shanghai’s Pudong Airport, according to two animal rights groups.  The elephants are believed to be undergoing one month of inspection and quarantine at an unknown location before being sent to zoos across China. Keeping elephants caught from the wild in zoos is considered cruel by conservation groups. Zimbabwean wildlife protection groups had filed court papers at the Harare High Cou
Zoo to beef up security after visitors threw stones to ‘wake the panda’
The Beijing Zoo has promised to improve security around its giant panda enclosure after stones were hurled at one of its residents. A video of the incident on Saturday was posted to Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, where it drew more than 100 million views. It shows the panda named Meng Da sitting in the enclosure when a stone appears to bounce next to him and stop close by. The startled panda pauses, and then goes over to examine the object. Visitors are heard asking, “Who threw the stone?” But no one identified the stone thrower. Beijing News reported that a bigger stone struck Meng Da about 30 minutes later. The report quoted the person who shot the video as saying the culprits threw o
Chinese activists save 7 dogs from restaurant
Chinese activists have rescued seven dogs from an illicit dog meat restaurant in northeastern China, with help from the local authorities.  Law enforcement officials in Dalian, Liaoning province, issued a warning to the restaurant on Monday, after receiving a report from local animal rights group VShine.  The restaurant was closed for good on the same day, but its owner moved the dogs to another slaughter site, the group said on its WeChat page.  After activists contacted the government again on Tuesday, the owner surrendered his dogs and promised not to sell dog meat ever again.  Seven dogs were rescued, including German shepherds, golden retrievers and a Rottweiler, according to animal rig
Chinese scientists might be making Planet of the Apes into a reality
Could genetically enhanced apes defeat humans and conquer the world? That’s the plot to the sci-fi classic Planet of the Apes – but we might be a little too close to that reality for comfort.   A newly published paper has revealed that Chinese scientists have added human genes to the brains of monkeys. In a study intended to provide insights into the unique evolution of human intelligence, a research team inserted human versions of Microcephalin (MCPH1), a gene that scientists believe plays a role in the development of the human brain, into 11 rhesus monkey fetuses. Six baby monkeys were born, Su Bing, a genetic expert at the Kunming Institute of Zoology and the head of the research team, to
A Chinese cat was forced through cosmetic surgery. Or was it?
Photos of a cat said to have been subjected to cosmetic surgery had the Chinese internet all riled up this week. That is, until vets familiar with the procedure explained that the operation was most likely done for medical, not cosmetic, reasons. But as far as truth is concerned, it’s too late. It’s just one of many examples of how false news is propagated on social media – even if the social media platform in question is censored more extensively than any other. The far-fetched case of animal abuse took off on Wednesday on WeChat, China’s dominant messaging app, when a post purported to show a photo of a cat fresh off a double eyelid operation. The case of suspected animal abuse quickly be
Inkstone index: Hong Kong’s illegal wildlife trade
$71 million: the value of illicit wildlife products seized in Hong Kong in five years between 2013 and 2017. The semi-autonomous Chinese city has become a hotspot for wildlife trafficking thanks to its proximity to the vast Chinese market. Between 2013 and 2017, a total of $71.4 million worth of wildlife products – including live and dead animals – with a weight of 1,600 tons was seized in the city, according to a recent study by environmental advocacy ADM Capital Foundation. The amount of ivory, pangolin scales and rhino horns seized has potentially stemmed from the deaths of 3,000 elephants, 65,000 pangolins and 51 rhinoceroses, the study says. Hong Kong, a former British colony that retu