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New Animal Cruelty Laws in Two Unlikely Countries

New Animal Cruelty Laws in Two Unlikely Countries

Two far-east countries that are infamous for violations against human rights are making a very unlikely compassionate leap by instituting their first policies to protect animals.  The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal has passed its first Animal Welfare Act and the People’s Republic of China has drafted the China Animal Protection Law.

 

The recently approved Animal Welfare Act in Nepal already has two initial projects in the works.  The building of the country’s first animal sanctuary for rescued animals and a separate sanctuary for donkeys.  Both are scheduled to open in mid October.

 

The shelter will house rescued animals and include a veterinary hospital and spay and neuter clinic.

 

The donkey sanctuary already has 14 rescued animals waiting to be transferred to the facility.  They are part of a rescue mission from one of the worst cases of animal cruelty Nepal has ever witnessed – 55 other donkeys died during that tragedy. 

 

The abuse to donkeys is widespread in Nepal because they are frequently used for labor and made to carry heavy loads on their backs.  They are crowded into small sheds and given little food or water. 

 

Animal Nepal, a network of animal rights activists, hopes the new Animal Welfare Act will, “Raise awareness against animal cruelty.”  The group has been fighting for the new law for many years.

 

The China Animal Protection Law

In China, the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is very proud of the drafted Animal Protection Law about to be considered by the Chinese government.  The organization has been trying to get legislation like this passed for more than a decade. 

 

Paul Littlefair, senior program manager with the RSPCA’s international department said, “It is a very significant landmark – when it is passed it will be the first time in China’s history that the state is sending a clear message to every citizen: ‘the way we treat animals, matters’.”

 

The Chinese Animal Protection Law encompasses a vast area of animal welfare. It addresses the deliberate cruelty to animals and the inhumane culling methods used against dogs. It also stops the live skinning of animals for their fur and the feeding of live farm animals to big cats in zoos and wildlife parks.

 

Overall it protects six categories of animals, those on farms, in laboratories, pets, working animals, animals in entertainment and wild animals.

 

The RSPCA is committed to staying in China to see that all of these initiatives are implemented.  The group will also promote education to the public about many of the misconceptions they have regarding animals.  Many Chinese believe the cruel practice of culling dogs is the only method of destroying rabies and are unaware that vaccines are available for both the prevention of the disease and to cure it once someone has been affected.   Furthermore the organization will help oversee that the new law is enforced. 

 

Legal experts from the government have put the final touches on the proposal and sent it to be reviewed. Chang Jiwen, who helped draft the law said, “It’s different from Western laws.  For example, we won’t require keepers to give dogs shelters as most Chinese cannot afford that.  Only people who unnecessarily and intentionally abuse animals will be punished.”  He hopes regulations in the future will be more sophisticated and move toward Western laws.

 

However even before the China Animal Protection Law has been voted on, it is being credited with stopping the latest dog culling that was ordered to begin this week.

 

 

 

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2:44PM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

This was in Sept 24 and last week a group saved near 800 dogs intended to bring to slaughtering
houses for meat.? (what about FUR?) Those are all lies if they say a thing and do other.RSPCA are trying their best but chinese business people and gov are liars. There must be a ban on fur worldwide and you will see how rapidly taste for dog meat change! Curiously. This must be our biggest effort: the banning of fur. Dog and cat fur is apparently entering US and Europe and certanily is entering and accepted in Australia that has very good businesss and business &plans with China and all Asia and do not want to criticize them.

8:20AM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

I am ecstatic about the implementation of animal welfare laws in China. However, they need to spread the word throughout China and informed its people about the latest implementation and the consequences if caught. I am very proud of China for address animals issues and making animals a priority. Respecting all life is respecting ourselves...

8:44AM PST on Dec 10, 2009

It's a step towards a more possitive future. I would like to think that the respect for the animal protection laws in China and Nepal grows steadily and as speedily as possible. Since I have no direct control over the matter, my thoughts will be positive

5:02PM PDT on Oct 18, 2009

I'd like to hope that these laws are strong enough to matter, but what about the markets? The fur farming? It's a start. But look at North America's history, and our animals protection laws have been in place for well over a hundred years, and they're still not strong enough. Fingers crossed. I applaud the efforts.

2:39AM PDT on Oct 1, 2009

Thank GOD for the positive developments to protect animals in these 2 countries! I hope they can sustain the efforts begun in them even after the RSPCA hands over the work to their Chinese counterparts.

5:15AM PDT on Sep 29, 2009

As with every change of lasting value in this world, it takes time to happen. As old ways and accrued costs keep people from completely changing bad habits and practises for good ones. So I remain sceptical.

10:49PM PDT on Sep 28, 2009

Good point, Grace. Is it PROTECTION or PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS? Hopefully this was a typo, not more Chinese eyewash. We all applaud any effort, anywhere, to ease the suffering of animals. In the case of Nepal and China I will believe this when I see it. Even so, all good luck to those trying to change attitudes. God bless you.

11:21AM PDT on Sep 28, 2009

China has always been one of the most inhumane countries in the world. The Government has little regard for its own people, let alone animals.

If animal welfare laws are implemented in China, it is a huge step in the right direction. It will, however, only be a milestone if these laws are enforced.

China is such a large country, I have no idea how they will be able to enforce any animal welfare laws that are implemented in order to stop the animal cruelty that prevails there. In northern China and other sparcely populated regions, many of the Chinese people themselves are unaware of what terrible cruelty goes on there.

I will breathe a sign of relief if and when the animal welfare laws are implemented and if and when they are actually enforced. But it's a start!

I pray that this day is fast approaching.

9:50AM PDT on Sep 28, 2009

In both of these Countries, any step forward must be welcomed with open arms.

7:00AM PDT on Sep 28, 2009

each little step forward is another step for our hopes.

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