Animal welfare in China

Animal welfare in China
Peter J. Li
Sydney University Press , 2021

The plight of animals in China has attracted intense interest in recent times. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, speculation about the origins of the virus have sparked global curiosity Speculation about the origins of COVID-19 has sparked curiosity about how animals are treated, traded, and consumed in China today.

In Animal Welfare in China, Peter Li explores the key animal welfare challenges facing China now, including animal agriculture, bear farming, and the trade and consumption of exotic wildlife, dog meat, and other controversial products. He considers how Chinese policymakers have approached these issues and speaks with activists from China's growing animal rights movement.

Li also offers an overview of the history of animal welfare in China, from ancient times through the enormous changes of the 20th and 21st centuries. Some practices that are today described as "traditional", he argues, are in fact quite recent developments, and not nearly as widespread as their proponents claim. Rather than looking to "traditional culture" to explain the situation of animals in China today, we need to understand how the pursuit of economic growth has driven Chinese policymaking in modern times.

Based on years of fieldwork and analysis Animal welfare in China makes a compelling case for a more nuanced and evidence-based approach to this urgent issue.

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