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  • 1. Animal Welfare in Contemporary Europe and China POLS 3620, contemporary Europe and Asia 17th. Nov.2009 06050123 Ding Zhuying 06011276 Yip Siu Fung
  • 2. Content
    • Definition of Animal Welfare
    • Legal tradition of Animal Welfare in Europe and China
    • Public Awareness of Ani mal Welfare in Europe and China
  • 3. What is Animal Welfare
    • Animals are sentient
    • ethical responsibility of ensuring animal well-being
    • allow animals experience good health,
    • cope with their environment,
    • express a diversity of species-typical behaviors
    • avoi d of abuse and exploitation
    • IMPORTANT: morally acceptable to use , as long as unnecessary suffering is avoided
    Ding Zhuying
  • 4. Legal Tradition of Animal Welfare --Western Europe
    • 19th century
    • In 1822, the world's first major piece of animal protection legislation was initiated by Richard Marti n.
    • most of northern Europe, Britain had assumed the responsibility
    • 20th century
    • state has assumed the role of administrating animal protection
    • I n 1967 , Farm Animal Welfare Advisory Committee in UK contributed the FIVE FREEDOM , which is regarded as the basis of Animal Welfare
    Ding Zhuying
  • 5. Five Freedom
    • Freedom from thirst and hunger
    • Freedom from discomfort
    • Freedom from pain, injury, and disease
    • Freedom to express normal behavior
    • Freedom from fear and distress
    Ding Zhuying
  • 6. Legal Tradition of Animal Welfare --Western Europe
    • 21th century
    • in Germany has been a "STATE OBJECTIVE"
    • European level legislation: farmed animals, wild animals, companion animals, animal in sports, entertainment and exhibition, animal experimentation
    • Far from completion
    • Europe-wide ban on the use of animals to test cosmetic products enacted only in 2009
    Ding Zhuying
  • 7. Legal Tradition of Animal Welfare --China and Hong Kong
    • China
    • Protection for endangered species, regulations on animal testing in laboratory
    • First draft of the law on general protection of animals came in June 2009. Exact timing of the launch of this law remains unclear
    Yip Siu Fung
  • 8. Legal Tradition of Animal Welfare --China and Hong Kong
    • Hong Kong
    • Prevention of cruelty to animals ordinance since 1935
    • Governmental organization: Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department
    • Under which the Advisory Group on animal welfare
    Yip Siu Fung
  • 9. Public Awareness of Animal Welfare --Western Europe
    • non-governmental organizations in Europe responsible for the promotion of animal welfare
    • education of the public, offering expertise, to bringing attention to issues ignored by the states
    • 1824, world’s first animal welfare organization Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in UK
    Ding Zhuying
  • 10. Public Awareness of Animal Welfare --Western Europe
    • Campaign against Puppy trafficking
    • Puppies are bred in large numbers for profit
    • Little regard for animal welfare.
    • Many fall sick, and some die.
    • Improve welfare of pigs
    • clear and consistent labeling on pork products
    • a better law to protect pig welfare
    Ding Zhuying
  • 11. Animal Welfare Organizations in China and Hong Kong Yip Siu Fung Ding Zhuying
  • 12. Public Awareness of Animal Welfare -- China and Hong Kong
    • Many abuse cases in China
    • Hurt the animals for different reasons, like for profit, for own enjoyment
    • Human Rights vs Animal Rights
    • Hot discussions and debates over the internet
    • Better legislations and education in Hong Kong
    • Standard far behind Europe
    • Many non-governmental organizations help on the promotion of the concept of animal welfare
    • Still there are a few of abuse cases
    Yip Siu Fung
  • 13. References:
    • Wilkins, David B. , Animal welfare in Europe : European legislation and concerns, London ; Boston : Kluwer Law International, 1997
    • Stone, Lora, The Ideology of Progress, World Culture, and Animal Protection, Lanham, University Press of America, 2007
  • 14. Fin Thank you for your attention !