Draft of animal cruelty law released

13:40, March 18, 2010      

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The government released a draft of a proposed act which expands protections for animals on March 17. The new "Animal Anti-cruelty Act" includes some new items not present in another draft released in September 2009, such as banning the mistreatment of animals by starvation, and forbidding the slaughter of animals in the presence of youths.

The draft will be submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress next week, said Chang Jiwen, head of the drafting team and director of the Department of Social Law under the Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Chang added, after the release of the original draft last September, the drafting team had received over 700 suggestions from the public as of mid-January 2010.

By People's Daily Online
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