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Animal rights in China

Can China lead on preventing animal cruelty, starting with the Yulin dog meat festival?

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 June, 2018, 6:30pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 June, 2018, 6:30pm

Atrocities committed against animals in China (for example, the Yulin dog meat festival and the dog/cat meat/fur trades) need to stop. Nowhere in the world is it acceptable to deliberately torture animals. The cruel, inhumane practices of caging and muzzling, bludgeoning, blow torching, flaying and electrocuting are horrifying, to say the least.

As a vegetarian who values animals and human decency, I strongly urge President Xi Jinping, and Secretary Lu Xinshe and Chairman Chen Wu of the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, to do everything in their power to work with the government and the Chinese people to enact and enforce animal welfare and protection legislation in China.

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Acts of horrific animal cruelty, such as the Yulin festival, need to be made illegal so they will stop. Animal torture, abuse, exploitation and neglect have no place in civilised society.

China has the opportunity to lead Southeast Asia by example (“Celebrities urge Indonesia’s president to ban cruel trade in dog meat after blowtorch exposé”, May 21). Please make cruelty to animals unacceptable and illegal throughout Guangxi and all of China (“The China restaurants still serving dog meat”, April 30).

As Humane Society International puts it: culture is no excuse for cruelty.

Laura L. Phillips, Washington