BEIJING, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Fund
Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) applauds China for drafting
country's first animal welfare legislation, which would make
animal abuse and
cruelty a punishable offence. A draft of the Animal
Protection Law which
outlines the basic standards for treating all
animals in different situations
is published online for public
comment, from a legal conference in Beijing,
Recently, several Chinese cities have forged ahead with dog culls
citing concerns of rabies, leaving tens of thousands of dogs brutally
Such slaughter would be stemmed should this law be passed.
In addition to
releasing the draft animal protection law, changes
regarding China's Criminal
Law were also suggested, making animal
abuse a punishable offence.
Millions of animals suffer horribly every year from cruelty in zoos
parks, on farms, markets and the streets, in laboratories and
process of transport and slaughter. Often ignorant about
how animals can feel
pain, people treat animals only as a "resource"
and do the cruelest things to
them. Foxes are skinned alive for their
fur. Bears have open wounds in their
bodies to extract their bile.
Tigers, with their teeth and claws pulled out,
are chained to the
ground for picture-taking with tourists. Cats are boiled
they are eaten. Dogs are clubbed and stoned to death in the name
"rabies prevention and population control."