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China’s Groundbreaking Animal Protection Law

Written by PETA | March 30, 2010

With the draft of China’s first animal protection law in the works, change is on the way for animals. Introduced last year, the groundbreaking law includes basic legal protection for wildlife, companion animals, animals in labs, animals who are transported, animals used for entertainment, and animals slaughtered for food, but the first draft was vague in many spots.

Enter PETA Asia. After reviewing the first draft of the bill and offering suggestions to ensure that animal welfare standards be raised significantly, PETA Asia Director Jason Baker and contractor Christine Li attended last week’s International Forum on Chinese Legislation for the Protection and Management of Animals in Beijing, where they were able to look at the current version of the draft bill.


Christine Li at the entrance to the conference.
Christine Li


Jason Baker intently focused on animal welfare.
Jason Baker


Among the changes made to the draft were the following:

  • A clear definition of humane euthanasia is included in the law.
  • An emendation is included that encourages and permits the documentation of cruelty to animals—including undercover investigations—for the sake of prevention and education.
  • Videos used to promote and encourage abuse are made illegal.

The tireless folks at PETA Asia are already hard at work on a new set of comments for the bill’s latest revision. We’ll keep you updated on the progress.

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • Dana says:

    I am so glad for the work that PETA is doing in China to STOP the AwfUL abuse of animals. I Hope God DOES punish them and people who knowingly stand by and do NOTHING to help. How can you sleep at night? I know I haven’t gotten a good nights sleep since I became aware of what is happening. Doesn’t matter that it’s in China it is STILL an innocent animal and EVERY person with a heart should care and be doing something about it… Only people without a heart can forget and move on from something like this… my life will never be the same… completely crushed!

  • jode says:

    Finally, i can sleep at night knowing that the Chinese aren’t skinning animals alive. I may now start to forgive and forget.but until animal rights are equal to human rights, i will never get a good night sleep. I admit i am a a omnivore and i eat meat, but knowing that they died painlessly and fast, it helps a lot. please stop all types of slaughter, not because they are any higher or lower than us, but because we are all animals at the end of the day, whether we are smart dumb, fast slow. we are all alive or made by God if you prefer. But if Jesus said to love your neighbor like yourself, is your neighbor and animal or a plant, if were animals, we should treat other animals the same!!!

  • FullOfLife says:

    I hope the law is not only specific to farm animals, pets and lab animals but rather protects all animals from deliberate abuse.

  • Kathy says:

    I have recently become aware of the atrocities that go on in China (and elsewhere)regarding companion animals. I am heartbroken and at times when I see things like this it really makes me ashamed to be a part of the human race. I know that cruelty still exists in The United States and even the manner in which we kill our shelter animals is not always humane. But, nothing and I mean nothing has broken my heart like the images of dogs being cooked to death, skinned alive. The concept that tortured dog meat increases virtility? God has to be shaking his head at us. Thank you PETA for trying to save animals in the future from having to endure such evil. And please God forgive us as human beings for doing awful things to your creatures. I have tried to stop buying anything made in China until things change, that is not easy…..

  • Seamus McCartney says:

    I think the fact it took THIS LONG is appalling as it is. Dogs are routinely beaten to death on the streets of some of these places and are also used as meat. AS BAD AS AUSTRALIANS who also use Kangaroo’s as meat as if humanity is not already consuming enough animals without adding more to the list. I’m just completely sickened. At least they are beginning to find their sense of empathy. Although they are probably just doing it to avoid harassment from people throughout the world.

  • TracyMae says:

    As a new member to PETA, I was horrified to hear these stories regardingo our faithful animal companions being literally totured for the sake of fashion, money, and greed. So many people don’t know where what they buy comes from. This touched me to my deepest core. Please renew my faith in humanity and end this now. Strict punishment. China fight back and make those responsible accountable!

  • jeanette Foster says:

    I feel the pain of the suffering animals and yet i have not watched any videos or undercover videos because it shows hell.My thoughts are with these poor unloved animals in their torment. I support anything we can do to help them and thank PETA in the hope that one day it will be against the law to inflict this torture on our innocent defenceless animals.

  • Jenny says:

    Although it would have been nice to have these laws implemented a long time ago I’m very happy that PETA Asia is trying to move the legislation along. Bravo and good luck!!!

  • Natalie Le Neve says:

    oh thank god something is going to be done to stop this torture!! please are you going to get these laws into place in china too??! i have sent letters off this wk to the american and chinese ambassador begging them to abolish the fur trade and the skinning of live animals on the chinese fur farms!! i cant get the images and cries of the animals bn tortured out of my head i just wish i was in china so i could save these creatures and kill the chinese who are doing this to them!! i have wrote to fur outlets in america who are openley selling cheap mink raccoon fox and other animal fur skins on the net it made me furious to read it!! type in ‘fur outlets’ on the net and then send letters off to these sicko companies urging them to stop selling fur! going into detail about the torture thats going on in china! the more letters they get they might rethink about what they are doing!! also ive wrote to burberry this wk begging them to stop selling fur. why tho has it taken so long for this law to come into place??! my heart breaks when i think about all the poor innocent terrified animals that have already died in agony who waited too long for our help. its made me sob my heart out this wk just thinking about what is going on there.i will never give up fighting for animals in this country we put animals to sleep or stun them before their killed they should make this the law in asia and china at least its quick and painless anything to what there going through now well done peta your fantastic pplangels xx

  • sharon choritz says:

    Serious legislation needs to be implemented in China the magnitude and scale of outrageous animal abuse is abominable! please assist in creating animal legislation to provide protection for animals who are savagely beaten to death only to be worn by people who are largely ignorant of the abuse animals endure so as to be worn. please stop this suffering!

  • Rhoon Koerner says:

    Will you please step up and do the right thing. We live in the 21st century and are much more aware and humane about all living entities. Wild animals should never be abused exploited and used for our own greed and desire. I ask you humbly to think about all of the racoons chincillas rabbits dogs cats other wild animals and begin to wonder what it would be like to have to live life suffering being hunted down never to wander through the wild jungles of their natural habitats freely and peacefully in our planet. If we can begin to bring attention to this matter all the other efforts to have animals treated equally will have such a dramatic and positive impact to this planet we also inhabit along side all other living animals. Please stop using primates. Thank you kindly for taking the time to read this. Rhoon Koerner The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated Mohandas Gandhi

  • rachel says:

    everyonr is signing n join causes for the animals in china we need to stop this now its going on long enough these r innecent cats n dogs they dont need this please end this this is earth ok god put us here to live and be happy not to kill innecents. that is way wrong this is may 2010 now i think its time to put ur law in action now!!!!ITS GETTING GROSS STUPID N WRONG USE YOUR BRAIN N STOP THIS PLEASE THANKS ALOT!!!!

  • Anelise Borges says:

    I agree fully with ayala Isamar! But “PETA” has to keep an eye open as time passes and if they fall into oblivion again commit such atrocities again! God is always with you PETA! I am here in Brazil praying and doing my best to alleviate the suffering of these helpless animals.

  • Wendy Johnston says:

    I dont think I have ever wanted anything so much as to getting this bill passed. I know there is cruelty around but the fur farming video made me feel I had just visited hell on earth. No more skinning and no more cruelty of any kind Please China !!!!!!!!!

  • Catherine Gilliat says:

    Glimmer of hope!! Come on China you can do this!! Make Buddha proud!! Thank you PETA and everyone at the frontline for all your efforts in trying to bring about changes to end cruelty to animals and to everyone that cares!!

  • Cindy says:

    what is the hold up on enacting this bill? this should have been implemented long time ago. In the mean time animals are still being abused while so much time is being wasted.

  • hoppip says:

    OMG I AM SO HAPPY GOOD JOB CHINA! 3 I really like this country a lot and now they took an amazing step to be humane

  • Janet says:

    I’ve been praying and praying for the animals in Asia and China for as long as I’ve known about the fur trade and the horror and torture those poor animals go through and cannot imagine a human being inflicting such an excruciating act on a living creature. I too have not been able to sleep many nights when I think about it. Animals being tortured and killed so painfully for food or fur is unbearable to think about but imagine what they’re thinking and feeling going through it! Thank God and Thankyou PETA!!!

  • Amanda R says:

    I am so happy to hear the efforts of ending animal cruelty in Asia are on their way. watching the video of the fur farms just broke my heart. those images are forever burned into my mind. breaks my heart. i pray every night for the abused and mistreated animals throughout the world. it makes me happy that there are people who care and have hearts in the countries that partake in these cruel industries that are trying to put a stop or more humane regulations to them. now lets end the horse slaughter too and everything else. PETA lets take over the world!

  • Sandra Deneault says:

    Finally hope for animals around the world….GOD WE NEED IT……

  • Pat Tyler says:

    I am very happy for the animals that will be saved by PETA. I have been a member for many years. I hope that China moves forward and does even more. Thank you PETA pat

  • Andre Inglis says:

    This goes to show that there is ALWAYS hope and that we are constantly improving the lifes of animals. Way to go to those who have pushed so hard to make this happen.

  • V Renata says:

    PETA Asia…way to go. This is a long time in the making and the animals desreve this. All animals should be equally protected from cruelty and abuse in spite of whether they are a pet or not. All animals suffer just the same.

  • Vivien Green says:

    Thank you PETA for all the efforts you have made to protect the animals in China.

  • Josh says:

    Best news I’ve heard all year. This would help protect so many animals for the horrible things that happen in china. This needs to happen!! Amazing Job PETA Asia Keep fighting for animal rights!! I’m So happy right now!!! Hopefully this stops the Chinese Fur Farms!

  • Kiwi and Melon says:

    You cannot imagine how happy I am to hear that there is some sort of justice. Ever since I watched the undercover investigation video of the raccoon dogs being skinned alive I could not sleep at night. There were moments that tears would run down my eyes when thinking about them. Finally there is justice and to know that there is people like PETA who can make a difference makes this world a better place. I agree with Emma that those cruel people are going to find ways to go around it but they know the law is watching them. There is hope and I hope the bill will pass soon. Thank you PETA from the bottom of my heart.

  • isamar ayala says:

    this is amazing!!! I know there’s still a long way to go for full animal freedom in chinafur farms especially but each step toward an animal cruelty free nation goes a long way!!!!

  • angela li says:

    Being from China I want to sing praise for PETA Asia and for Mr. Baker particularly. It was like Google to have PETA at the hearing and most particularly to know that government knows that PETA is involved. This has made a difference no one outside China is able to truly understand. Just please say thank you to everyone in PETA and to Mr. Baker particularly. Thank you.

  • emma says:

    i dont want to put a downer on it but japan were told not to fish for whale meat they found a way round that!! china will probably do the same. that said i’m glad PETA are getting some say it what goes on its whats needed in a lot of countries not just china. a hopeful step in the right direction.

  • Susan Bottomley says:

    NO MORE SKINNING OF LIVE ANIMALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • anon says:

    and you would think these things were obvious. strangulation of ‘unwanted’ animals being justifiable. ridiculous. this needed to happen years ago. good on ya PETA asia

  • Robert says:

    This would be the best news I have ever heard if this passes. For years I have prayed for this and boycoted buying whatever I could from China due to the PETA videos showing the worst of the worst abuses. Please China this needs to pass..

  • Brien Comerford says:

    If the humane treatment of animals actualizes in China the world will be a much better place.