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Animal Protection

Pangolin scales removed from official list of medical products

Pangolins have not been included in the 2020 edition of “Chinese Pharmacopoeia”, an official compendium of medicine published by the PRC’s Ministry of Health and covering both TCM and western medicine. As reported by the China Health Times (健康时报), pangolins…

Shenzhen bans the consumption of cat and dog meat

Shenzhen has completely banned the sale and consumption of cat and dog meat, the first city in China to take this step. On the 25th of February, the Standing Committee of the Shenzhen People’s Congress released a draft of the…

Nine organizations propose amendment to the Wildlife Protection Law

Nine organizations, including Peking University’s Nature Conservation and Social Development Research Center, the Shanshui Nature Conservation Center, Duke Kunshan University, and the Beijing Friendship Institute of Nature and Environment of Chaoyang District, have jointly made a proposal to the Legal…

Beyond the Coronavirus: a Safer Food System for China

The recent outbreak of a new respiratory disease in Wuhan has been traced back to a market selling live and wild animals. This article presents some policy recommendations for avoiding such outbreaks in the future.

Report on snow leopard conservation in China released

(All pictures are from the Status of Snow Leopard Survey and Conservation, China 2018) This Tuesday a launch event was held in Beijing for a report on the status of snow leopard conservation in China, coinciding with International Snow Leopard…

Report on the state of environmental protection in China

A recent report by the Chinese branch of Ford Better World analyses the situation regarding environmental protection and nature reserves in China and worldwide. The report stresses that according to WWF’s living planet index (LPI), the global wildlife population will…

Ivory trade prohibition comes into force in China

The State Council of the PRC issued an announcement on the 30th of December 2016, stating that the commercial manufacturing and selling of ivory products was being stopped all over Mainland China. In consequence, any sale of ivory products on…

Tourists fined for chasing Tibetan antelopes in car

A few days ago, on October 6th, an internet user posted photos on Weibo showing two off-road vehicles chasing down a herd of Tibetan antelopes in the Gobi Desert. The accompanying post claimed that some of the animals had been…

Three Chinese travel agencies pledge to stop offering elephant rides

Following a report by World Animal Protection, three Chinese travel agencies have agreed not to continue promoting activities based on the exploitation of elephants. On August 9 Caissa Touristic, a popular Chinese tourism services provider, officially signed an “elephant-friendly tourism” …

Chinese environmental NGOs write open letter to WWF

Editor’s Note: This is CDB’s translation of an open letter that was jointly signed by a number of Chinese environmental protection organizations, and addressed to the leaders of the World Wildlife Fund’s China office. The letter is critical of the…