A pet cat is dressed in an ornate Chinese gown in Changsha, Hunan province. A recent cat abuse video that went viral has prompted calls for an animal protection law in China. Photo: AFP A pet cat is dressed in an ornate Chinese gown in Changsha, Hunan province. A recent cat abuse video that went viral has prompted calls for an animal protection law in China. Photo: AFP
A pet cat is dressed in an ornate Chinese gown in Changsha, Hunan province. A recent cat abuse video that went viral has prompted calls for an animal protection law in China. Photo: AFP
Lijia Zhang
Opinion

Opinion

Lijia Zhang

Other major countries have animal protection laws. Why not China?

  • There’s a growing need for animal welfare legislation, as pet ownership becomes fashionable among urban, middle-class Chinese. An estimated 92 million dogs and cats are being kept as pets, but not all the owners know how to treat them

A pet cat is dressed in an ornate Chinese gown in Changsha, Hunan province. A recent cat abuse video that went viral has prompted calls for an animal protection law in China. Photo: AFP A pet cat is dressed in an ornate Chinese gown in Changsha, Hunan province. A recent cat abuse video that went viral has prompted calls for an animal protection law in China. Photo: AFP
A pet cat is dressed in an ornate Chinese gown in Changsha, Hunan province. A recent cat abuse video that went viral has prompted calls for an animal protection law in China. Photo: AFP
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