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In a long due yet still impressive act of growth, the Chinese Ministry of Education has added an animal welfare course for high schools and students. This is a huge nod to Animal Asia’s ongoing efforts to cultivate a more compassionate attitude towards animals in the country, and certainly, a reason to rejoice.

While China still has no official animal welfare legislation, this recent educational endeavor will surely move the country towards a more compassionate future. The new course will be included in the biology curriculum and it will allow interested students to learn about a multitude of vital issues concerning companion animals, farm animals, wild animals, captive animals, and the dog and cat meat trade. The class will foster respect for all living beings and will also incorporate field trips to animal rescues and farms.

 

China has been making continuous progress over the last couple of years with the help of various animal welfare organizations across the country including Soi Dog Rescue, Humane Society International, and Animals Asia. Additionally, with more people in China seeing dogs as more of family pets, a growing generation of animal lovers are blossoming across the country. Programs like Dr. Dog and Professor Paws giving dogs a role in contributing to society are also helping to show animals in a positive light. Now, with the implementation of the animal welfare modules, the future for animals in China is looking better than ever before!

 

For Animals Asia, who has been a driving force for animals in China (and across Asia), the news was especially uplifting with the Founder and CEO Jill Robinson stating, “We applaud the Chinese government’s decision to introduce animal welfare as a high school subject, thereby opening the hearts and minds of young people across the country to the needless suffering of animals.”

 

Animals Asia Animal Welfare Director Dave Neale added, “China has taken a hugely significant step, one we hope will inspire other countries. I am not aware of any other national curriculum that has developed a module on animal welfare specifically…We believe this points to a growing commitment by the Chinese authorities to reduce the suffering of animals by raising awareness, through education, of the value and importance of animals’ well-being. We look forward to supporting this pioneering initiative in any way we can.”

As Neale pointed out, we hope this monumental step by the Chinese Ministry of Education serves as an example for other countries across Asia and around the world. Animals Asia has pushed efforts in the ending of bear bile farms, the exploitation of wild animals, and the consumption of dog and cat meat in Asia. This step in engaging young minds and hearts in the fight to end cruelty towards animals is one that will likely make one of the biggest impacts in the country and will no doubt make Animals Asia’s vital work a little bit easier!

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Elsje Parsons Massyn
19 Days ago

Awesome news - now let all the other countries in Asia follow their lead. I have a Chinese colleague who has a poodle whom she loves like her own child. She said one day she HATES the chinese who eat dogs and cats - but at a time that was the norm and culture like many other countries disgusting cultures - Spain\'s Bull "fighting" and Bull stampede etc. Asia\'s yearly pig sacrifices to their gods and Napal\'s sacrifices of thousands of farm animals for their goddess yearly.
American\'s and other nations arent lacking far behind - with their abattoir sacrificial systems and devouring the corpses of farm animals.
The world still has a looong way to go but thankfully Soi Dog, Animals Asia and others are making large inroads into the governments of these countries laws and thinking of the general population


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Nancy
20 Days ago

Where exactly in the country is this taking place? Unless it is taking place in all the tier one cities, the impact will not be great. I think implementing animal welfare into school curriculum is important, but considering the amount of school work students are forced to deal with inside and outside the classroom, this might not be the right approach unless the children are very young. Adult education, especially in the countryside and in areas like Yulin would be more effective. And the focus should be on pets exclusively since the stigma towards 流浪 animals is embedded deep in society. If people first learn how to properly care for their pets, they will start gradually growing compassion towards other animals.


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Denise
20 Days ago

Good news. LOOOOOOOOONG OVER DUE. Hopefully the dog and cat eating will go down.

Have the students been told about spaying and neutering animals?????????????????? This should also be included in the course.


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Jeff Biss
20 Days ago

Everyone needs to stop eating meat, end the holocaust that is the meat industry. As people do not need it to sustain life or health, this is as easy as it comes, all we need do is to prioritized their well being over our desires.


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Cheryl
30 Jan 2018

I totally agree Jeff ... it sickens me how people will post pictures of pigs cows and other animals and say how cute and if there is a picture or video of an animals being hurt will be upset all while digging in to a steak or a pork chop or a chicken leg completely disconnected and hypocritical.



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