China proposes law to ban eating cats and dogs
China still does not have any animal cruelty law or animal protection law in place. Law makers are proposing a such law named “Anti-Animal Cruelty Law (experts suggested draft)”, currently is in motion and under review. However the draft proposed a ban on eating cats and dogs which is conflicting with the dog eating custom and culture at certain places in China…
From online.sh.cn: (source: Yangzi evening news)
The two meetings in Beijing this year, Beijing CPPCC members, Animal Protection Law Project Team Leader, the Chief of drafting experts and the law researcher of Academy of Social Sciences Chang Jiwen (常纪文) once again proposed legislation against animal cruelty. Chang Jiwen thinks that the banning of eating cats and dogs has already been publicly recognized in many places except for Guangdong province. However considering the number of national customs and habits of eating dog meat, the proposed draft suggests various provinces and cities to determine a fixed punishment measures system, it is not a rigidly uniformed ban.
How to effectively supervise and guarantee the effective implementation of animal cruelty law? He suggested that “It’s like anti-counterfeiting, anti-animal cruelty should also have corresponding law enforcement agencies and animal protection organizations. People can report by telephone calls and other means to monitor the crime of cruelty to animals.”
Because cats and dogs are more prone to resist human, they are tend to be more brutally murdered. From being captured to being locked up in crowed cages, their tails are cut off and not being fed. Because people believe the rumor of “freshly slaughtered cats and dogs taste better”, cats and dogs have been killed in many extremely cruel methods: While their throat is clamped by pliers, blows to their head by a stick; slitting their throat with a knife or piercing the abdomen with a knife; electrocution; strangling to death or being threw into boiled water; it’s too horrible to look at. Because there are no large-scale breeding of cats and dogs, the stolen cats and dogs often got on the dinner table before they are ever inspected for diseases.
“Refuse to eat cat”
Chongqing Evening News January 26 reports, during the suggestion gathering stage of China’s first “Animal Protection Law”, many citizens questioned the concept of “Animal Welfare”. Therefore experts decided to change the wording of the law, to draft an “Anti-Animal Cruelty Law” instead. The draft by the experts will be submitted to the relevant department in April.
Animal Protection Law Project Team Leader, the Chief of drafting experts and the law researcher of Academy of Social Sciences Chang Jiwen states during the 4 months of suggestion gathering of the “Animal Protection Law”, they have received over 300 emails and 400 phone calls, most of the views are more objective, but there are some people cannot accept the concept of “Animal Protection” and “Animal Welfare”. “They think the most importation thing currently is to first protect people’s welfare.” Professor Chang said.
Therefore the project team decided to change the wording to “Anti Animal Cruelty Law” instead. “Cruelty” means deliberately inflecting unnecessary suffering and pain, or cruelly killing of animals. The project team thinks that “anti-abuse” is more likely to be acceptable to the public. Currently the draft proposal has been mostly completed.
The most worth noting article is the “banning of eating cats and dogs” in this draft.
“Banning of eating cats and dogs will not impact the citizens that much, now with the abundant material life of current society, people who eat cats and dogs are minority.” Professor Chang said.
The “Anti-Animal Cruelty Law (experts suggested draft)” states, it is illegal to consume dogs, cats or selling dog meat and cat meat. The punishment is set to 5000 yuan or less fine and 15 days or less in jail. Any organization breaking the law is subject to 10,000 – 500,000 yuan fine.
Opposing views: From Xinhuan:
When the news of possible ban on eating cats and dogs came out, the community heavily discussed the news in particular, Pei County, Xuzhou, famous for their industry of breeding Meaty Dogs. Pei County has a very prosperous dog meat industry; their products are exported to Russia, Japan, Korea, Singapore and other countries. Meaty Dog industry employs approximately 100,000 people, with annual sales of nearly 1 billion yuan. If “Anti-Animal Cruelty Law (experts suggested draft)” really is implemented, it will undoubtedly have enormous impact to the local economy.
Pei County Meaty Dogs Breeding Association President, Dog Meat Processing Association vice president Fan Xiantao told the reporter, “Pei County dog meat” is Pei County’s famous dish, which uses high quality dog meat, coupled with clove, Chinese prickly ash, Amomum tsao-ko, Ginger, Amomum villosum, large fennel, small fennel and Chinese cinnamon etc spices, after simmering in a stew and finished with the draining of the soup and coloring.
In Nanjing, when people ask where you can find the best dog meat, many people will recommend you to go to Lishui Shijiao, yesterday when the news of Anti-Animal Cruelty Law broke out, Shijiao town blew up.
Last night 6 pm, reporter went to Lishui Shijiao town. “Did you come here to eat dog meat, or to buy dog meat?” Whenever the reporter asked for directions, the pedestrians always asked curiously. 8 pm at night, the old streets are full of busy restaurants. The reporter visited several restaurants and found that almost all of the tables had dog meat dishes on them. Dog meat is a indispensable dish of Shijiao restaurants.
“I am in the restaurant business for many years, if they really don’t let me sell dog meat anymore, I really have no way to stay in business, in the end I have to hang sheep head and sell dog meat.” (Hanging sheep head while selling dog meat is a pun of Chinese phrase for Posing)
Some inappropriate points of “banning eating cats and dogs”, a possibility of hype
In some animal experts’ views, this proposal draft is suspicious of being some kind of hype. Hongshang Zoo experts said, depends on what the purpose of animal protection is, for wild life protection is to maintain the eco system balance. So the animals in the zoo are playing this role for science and breeding. For dogs and cats, from the pure animal point of view, they should be as same as, and equal to sheep, if we were to protect them, then we should protect all of them which means all citizens should be vegetarians. Legislation should not be looking at “making eating cat meat and dog meat illegal” but to rescuer animals from abuse and abandonment, because abusing and abandoning pets are inhuman! Rather than banning eating cats and dogs, it is better to enforce people to be responsible pet owners
What do you think? should China ban on eating cats and dogs?