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Through the votes of media workers and netizens, the top 10 news on Chinese animal
welfare act in 2011 were announced. They are assorted in the following by chronological order:
1 Guizhentang’s plan to get publicly listed was blocked due to public outrage
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In February, Guizhentang, a brand of bear gall products in Fujian province, was said to
seek to go public in the stock market, in order to collect investment for keeping more black bears
and producing more bear gall drugs. The raw material of such products is usually
extracted directly from living black bears and such cruelty has raised a lot of public
concerns. Experts in medical professions also questioned the legitimacy of bear bile
industry since certain herbs were found to have the same medical effects as
bear gall. Information from the stock market shows that Guizhen Hall’s plan of listing
2 The truck full of dogs was stopped on Beijing-Harbin Expressway
In April, on the Beijing-Harbin highway, a truck loaded with more than 500
dogs was stopped by the local volunteers. These dogs were transported from Henan
to Jilin, where they were originally destined to be slaughtered in dog-meat restaurants.
With the police’s coordination, those dogs were finally saved as volunteers paid off the
dogs from the dog traders. Those dogs were later sent to an animal shelter run by China
Small Animal Protection Association. This issue brought a lot
of public attention to the animal situation in China.
3 First animal welfare foundation in Mainland China was established
In May, “Beijing Love It“ animal protection foundation was established.
Among its cofounders are famous TV hosts Li Jing, Zhang Yue, Yuan Yuan, and
Kang Hui. It is the first animal welfare foundation in Mainland China. The foundation
commits to fight against animal abuse, to improve animal living conditions, and to
boost the harmony between human and nature. The famous singer Jeff Zhang was the
foundation’s first image ambassador.
4 Chinese animal welfare activists received international awarded
In June, Ding Liguo, Wan Jie, and Zhang Xingsheng were awarded ‘ Shark Guard’
presented by Sebastian Woods, the British ambassador to China, and Richard
Pearce, the president of UK shark conservation organization. Ding, Deputy to the
National People’s Congress, and Zhang, member of the CPPCC National Committee,
proposed to stop shark fin trade through legislation. Zhang, The North Asia
director general of the United States of America Nature Protection Association, also
contributed to the advocacy.
In 2011 World Animal Protection Fair, Du Yufeng from Sichuan Guangyuan
Small Animal Rescue Center was the winner of award “animal protection outstanding
achievement.” Xiao Bing from Xiamen gained the award “outstanding
contribution to animal protection education” for his years long active contribution in
5 Animals Asia Conference was held in Chengdu
In June, Asia’s largest animal welfare forum, Animals Asia Conference was held
in Chengdu. It was the first time that the conference was held in Mainland China.
The theme of the conference was to “bringing animal cruelty to an end.”
More than 400 representatives from Asia and other parts of the world attended
6 Seven US citizens’ application to hunt in Qinghai province was rejected
In september, National Forestry Bureau announced to reporters that the application of
seven US citizens to hunt for blue sheep and Tibetan gazelle in Qinghai province was
rejected. This was the result of the collaborated endeavor by government officials and
many animal activists in China.
7 Proposed by people from all walks of life, Jinhua Dog Meat Festival was
In September, CaiQi, Minister of Zhejiang Government Organization Department,
announced in his microblog that Dog Meat Festival would be cancelled forever. It
means that JinHuaHuTou Dog Meat Festival, which has lasted for more than 600
years, would become a history from that day on.
In recent decades, JinHuaHuTou Dog Meat Festival was a popular annual event in Zhejiang.
However, it was condemned by netizens for the cruel massacre of the dog
this year. “Micro power” has obtained great social influence. With the help of micro
blog, the suggestion of calling off this festival has gained a satisfying result.
8 “One meter” Team and “Don’t Eat Friends” Band
performed in 12 cities in Oct.
“Don’t Eat Friends” band has made a brilliant performance journey on the theme
of protecting animals in 12 cities in China.
The chief singer, Xie Zheng said, “the activity is very successful. We hope that more friends
will learn about animal situation in China. Many people are very compassionate and
concerned of the animal suffering in China. However, because of a lack of report on these
animal issues, many people are not aware of what animals are experiencing in our country.
Once they get to know this situation, they will show their love.”
9 Animal protecting organization collaborated with sohu to say no to fur products.
In November, “Refuse to bloody fur” was launched, initiated by Act Asia and sohu micro blog
with the support from more than 50 animal welfare organizations. Actasia would collect “no fur”
fashion quotation, painting designs, performance art, film, and photographs from Chinese citizens.
It will conduct surveys of fur consumption in China and take consumers’ oat “to be a caring
consumer” to reject fur.
10 Many famous comedians offered help to support stray animals
In December, the charity performance, “We help you over the winter, rescuing stray
animals” was held in Beijing. Xu Deliang, Zhang Dewu and other actors form Starry
Night Comic Club not only donated their works, but also performed crosstalk with Li
Jing, He Yunwei and other comedian stars. All the income would be donated to
RuiJia Rescue Voluntary Society to protect stray animals.