Since the latest horrendous crush film was released in China through the internet, ACTAsia has been working with Chinese animal protection groups to get it banned. We issued a joint statement on 23rd November which was signed by Animals Asia Foundation, Humane Society International and the World Society for the Protection of Animals, along with 42 Chinese groups nationwide. We are pleased to report that on December 2nd the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (China's central authority on such issues) ordered all radio and television stations at all municipal and provincial levels to remove all animal abuse and violent images, and also ordered them not to repost such footage. One of the four websites with this footage had already removed this film following protests in China, and after the government order another two have done the same.
This is an excellent development for animals, and a great response from the Chinese authorities. We will continue our protests until the website that still has this film removes it.
Over the long term, what is needed to stop this kind of abuse permanently is a good animal protection law, and we are now encouraging people to write to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress to ask for China to pass animal protection laws as soon as possible to prevent abuse such as this as well as to the animals suffering in other industries. Please send an email with a POLITE message (no abusive language please) to the following addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A sample letter can be found on our website at http://www.actasia.org/index/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=34&cntnt01origid =15&cntnt01returnid=72 -- you can also view our original joint press statement on this issue there.
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