China Protects Zoo Animals

Paws Up!
To the Chinese government for enacting a ban on animal performances at Chinese zoos and attractions.

Photo by Ray Yu

According to a news source, “China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development issued the order banning animal performances in October [scheduled to take effect January 2011], not long after the State Forestry Commission launched a campaign against animal mistreatment and placed a moratorium on the sale or transfer of performance animals. The regulation prohibits all animal performances as well as the sale or consumption of wildlife meat or products in zoos and other parks. It also requires zoos and parks to provide sufficient food and medical care, provide sanitary housing and keep animals away from ‘disturbance or irritation.’”

Take Action: Write a note of thanks to the Chinese ambassador to the United States, letting him know that you are grateful for China’s actions in protecting zoo animals.

The Honorable Zhang Yesui
Chinese Embassy
2201 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007


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