chapter  21
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Why China is Waking Up to Animal Welfare

ByPaul Littlefair

In June 2004, China Central Television’s current affairs series News Probe broadcast a documentary entitled simply Animal Welfare (CCTV1, 2004). This groundbreaking programme examined abandoned animals, livestock production, animal disease and global trade, and concluded rhetorically: ‘For Chinese society today, isn’t the need for animal protection legislation a matter of utmost urgency?’