For centuries, China has raised dogs, cats and other animals for
food and for use in traditional medicines. But as the country grows in
affluence, social attitudes are changing.
Pet ownership, once condemned by the Communist Party as bourgeois, is
And with no animal welfare laws except for wild animals, growing
numbers of Chinese are using blogs, websites and the streets to protest
against the mistreatment of animals.
On this edition of 101 East, we look at the growing fight
for animal rights in China.