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Attitudes in China Toward the Use of Animals in Laboratory Research

Gareth Davey and Zhihui Wu

Public support is a strong impetus for the adoption of alternatives to laboratory animals. It is therefore important to find out what a society thinks about ethical animal use. In the case of China, a useful line of enquiry was to survey Chinese people’s views, as their country is renowned for the deplorable conditions under which animals are kept. This report concerns an investigation into the attitudes of Chinese university students toward the use of animals in laboratory research. The survey revealed a moderate concern amongst students; for example, they agreed that the use of animals for testing cosmetics and household products is unnecessary and should be stopped, and disagreed that humans have the right to use animals as they see fit. This finding is very encouraging. Further research is needed, in order to understand Chinese views about the justification of using animals in research.
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Editorial: China is Taking Steps Toward Alternatives to Animal Testing

Rodger Curren and Brian Jones

The rate at which China is addressing the problems associated with animal testing may be reasonable, when one considers the fact that the Three Rs concept of refinement, reduction, and replacement of animal tests to detect chemical hazards, which is relatively new to China, has already existed for over 50 years in most English-speaking countries. But for only about half that time has it been considered by a majority of scientists as a respectable goal to pursue.
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Current Status of Animal Welfare and Animal Rights in China

Jiaqi Lu, Kathryn Bayne and Jianfei Wang

In the past few years, new social passions have sparked on the Chinese mainland. At the centre of these burgeoning passions is a focus on animal welfare, animal treatment, and even animal rights, by the public and academic sectors. With China’s rapid economic changes and greater access to information from around the world, societal awareness of animal issues is rising very fast. Hastening this paradigm shift were several highly public incidents involving animal cruelty, including exposés on bear bile harvesting for traditional Chinese medicine, the thousands of dogs rescued from China’s meat trade, and the call to boycott shark fin soup and bird nest soup. This article outlines the current status of campaigning by animal advocates in China (specifically the animal rights movement) from three interlinked perspectives: wildlife conservation, companion animal protection, and laboratory animal protection. By reviewing this campaigning, we attempt to present not only the political and social impact of the concept of animal rights, but also the perceptions of, and challenges to, animal rights activities in China.

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