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Culture, Reform Politics, and Future Directions: A Review of China’s Animal Protection Challenge
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  • Peter J Li, University of Houston
  • Gareth Davey, Hong Kong Shue Yan University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2013
Abstract

Incidents of animal abuse in China attract worldwide media attention. Is China culturally inclined to animal cruelty, or is the country’s development strategy a better explanation? This article addresses the subject of animal protection in China, a topic that has been ignored for too long by Western China specialists. A review of ancient Chinese thought asks whether China lacks a legacy of compassion for animals. The article then considers how China’s reform politics underlie the animal welfare crisis. Through its discussion of the welfare crisis impacting nonhuman animals in China, this paper sheds light on the enormity of the country’s animal protection challenge. It concludes with an optimistic prediction for the future, despite the obstacles that remain in the way of animal protection policy change.

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Citation Information
Li, P. J., & Davey, G. (2013). Culture, Reform Politics, and Future Directions: A Review of China’s Animal Protection Challenge. Society & Animals, 21(1), 34-53.