An attempt to persuade the
Congress to ban the eating of dog- and cat-meat has captivated the Chinese press and caused an uproar.
A proposed animal-rights law, circulated in draft last September by Chinese activists and legal experts, would be the first of its kind in a country where animal welfare rarely seems a priority. Pigs destined for slaughter are often seen crammed excruciatingly tightly in cages on the backs of lorries. In safari parks visitors happily pay to dangle live chickens into lions’ dens, or even to have a live calf dragged by its legs behind a jeep past ravenous tigers. But a fast-growing middle class, despite enjoying gory outings, is also fond of pet dogs and cats.
Its been said that people don't eat species once they become common as pets. But could this mean better treatment of other animals in China, too?