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Awaiting an animal protection law

THE Great Dog Rescue has focused minds on the need for a national animal welfare law preventing cruelty to animals, domestic animals and companion animals, among others. But most experts don't expect a new statute in the near future.

China already has many laws concerning animals, including wildlife protection, animal husbandry, regulations on slaughter, handling animal epidemics, and use of animals for experiments in laboratories.

Still, many people say China isn't mature enough for tough enforceable laws prohibiting and criminalizing ancient practices like eating dogs and banning cruel circus performances.

Lawmakers are now revising the 1988 "Law of Wildlife Protection," which may include improvements in animal welfare. Though many scholars, lawmakers and advisors have proposed protection of domesticated animals and pets, there's still no word from law makers, according to Sun Jiang of Northwest University of Politics and Law.

Animal lovers express hope that the latest dog rescue would raise awareness in society of both food safety and animal cruelty. Debating who's right and who's wrong serves no purpose, they say. But the whole sad affair, and the valiant efforts to save the animals, may just help nudge lawmakers to consider protecting small animals.


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