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Call for law to protect animal welfare

By Jin Zhu (China Daily)

08:12, January 05, 2012

BEIJING - Activists are seeking the prompt introduction of legislation to protect animals in a bid to stamp out increasing abuse, such as the slaughter of strays and live shows at zoos.

The first comprehensive law to address animal welfare was expected to be submitted to the country's legislature in 2009, but "there is still no clear timetable for legislation", Chang Jiwen, a law professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, who led the drafting team, told China Daily.

The Law on Protection of Wild Animals is the only existing animal law in the country which prohibits trafficking and abuse. It, however, fails to protect animals already in captivity.

Meanwhile, a growing number of cases of animal abuse are being reported.

A group of Web users, who formed a chat group "cat torturers", constantly posted online pictures of cats being killed or suffering cruelty.

The group allegedly threatened to kill more than 1,000 cats on Christmas Eve across the country in what they described as an act paying tribute to the group's founder.

"So far, the group has not posted new photos of killing cats online, but animal lovers are trying every means to find the cat abusers to stop them," an animal activist in Beijing, who identified herself as Xiaomiao, told China Daily.

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Lisa at 2012-02-1472.184.111.*
This country has the most barbaric way of treating their animals! A law must be passed to stop.the cruelty that China is known for against pets! Makes me sick it goes on still, horrid!!
animal abuse and sufferi at 2012-01-1368.229.28.*
there is such a growing need to have laws that protect all animals from human neglect, abuse and killing in this growing nation period.
Dorota at 2012-01-0790.156.116.*
Thank you.
  

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