Animal protection is still being grown in many countries of the world. Some countries of Asia do have the Animal Welfare Act, some do not but have laws or regulations covering specific provisions related to certain categories of animals. Due to the poor living conditions of a dozen regions in certain countries, lack of resources and information, and weak legislation, a lot of communities are not aware of significant threats and human impacts on animals’ lives. On this Page, you will find written pieces on the legislation related to animals in the countries of Asia and how those countries treat them within their jurisdiction, as well as comparative legal analysis with other countries.
The sanctity of the cow as a holy entity has reoriented the socio-politico-cultural landscape of India in recent times. In light of the present developments, this article discusses the limits to the discourse of the symbolism of the cow, the impact of the current Indian state policy and laws upon the welfare of the Cows in contrast with other draught animals, with a special reference to the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Legally and historically, a case for animal refugees has never been made in the past due to a lack of ethics and scientific evidence, but within the current day, there is irrefutable scientific evidence of animals being sentient and the world shifting into a new age of human rights and ethics. This article is focused on discussing the novel case in point of Ukraine refugees fleeing from their homes along with their companion animals to safer member states within the European Union.
Cruelty to animals is not a new phenomenon. Even though there are so many laws all around the world, including India, India is known for its widespread practice of animal worship. Despite this, there have been more instances of animal mistreatment and more severe cases of abuse. This blog provides an overview of the issue and legal regulations in the country.
Cattle slaughter has been opposed by many Indian religious associations because of the ethical concept of ahimsa (non-violence) and the belief in the unity of all life. But despite the religious restrictions in the country concerning cows, in 2012, India became the world’s largest exporter of beef. This blog provides a discussion on animals in agriculture in India and their legal protection in the country.
Historically, traditional Korean cuisine consisted of grains, in particular rice, and fresh vegetables. With the development of the agricultural industry, meat has become much more accessible and profitable for businesses. This blog provides a discussion on animals in agriculture in South Korea and the legal regulations related to these animals.
Animal actors used in films and TV shows are one type of animals used in entertainment. Compared with animals in zoos, aquariums, circuses, the welfare of the animal actors is not well protected by the laws. In this blog, Zihao Yu discusses the welfare issues behind the scene, guidelines, and regulations.
The animal blood industry exploits animals for their blood to be used for commercial blood donation. Unregulated blood donation has a cruel impact on animals. Commercial animal blood donation should be regulated by laws. In this blog, Zihao Yu discusses the fact behind the animal blood industry and regulations.
The down feather industry exploits birds for their feathers to be used in clothing and comforters. Down is the soft layer of feathers closest to birds’ skin, primarily in the chest region. This blog discusses the hidden horror behind the down feather industry.
While talking about animals being used in clothing, the most attention is drawn to fur and leather, however, there are many other materials that are created through the exploitation of animals and causing unnecessary suffering to them. This blog discusses the cruel industry of silk and cashmere involving animals.
The Asiatic black bear is a species of medium-sized bears native to Asian countries and classified as Vulnerable under the IUCN Red List. This blog discusses the major threats and legal protection for this species.
Thailand is a country in Southeast Asia with a rapidly developing, highly competitive, diversified, and specialized industry of agriculture. This blog provides a discussion of agricultural production and legal regulations in Thailand.
Bangladesh is a country in South Asia having open access to the Bay of Bengal. Its fauna is very diverse and wide, mainly due to the country’s geographical location, which has a long sea coast, many rivers, lakes, ponds, evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, flatlands with tall grasses, etc. This blog provides a discussion of animal protection in the country.
Zoos do not serve an educational purpose but directly exploit animals by profiting from displaying them to the public, and people that visit zoos, aquariums, dolphinariums, seaquariums engage in animal exploitation as well. This blog provides the facts and regulations for zoos in India.
The Philippines is considered an agricultural country with a land area of 30 million ha, 47% of which is dedicated to the development of agriculture. Agriculture in the Philippines consists of 4 sub-sectors: crops, livestock, poultry, and fisheries. In this blog, Lu Shegay provides an analysis of legal regulations for farmed animals in the Philippines.
The wildlife trade has become a common business practice in many countries around the world, especially in Asia where wildlife trafficking is one of the serious and most pressing issues in animal protection. This blog discusses the main reasons for wildlife trade and provides international regulations with regard to this practice.
The Irrawaddy dolphin is a species of oceanic dolphin inhabiting discontinuous areas near sea coasts and estuaries and rivers in the Asian region. In this blog, Lu Shegay discusses major threats and legal protection for these animals.
Feedlot businesses developed in Indonesia in the 1990s. Now they are mostly located in urban areas, but family-owned farms are popular in the country. In this blog, Lu Shegay discusses the regulations for farmed animals in Indonesia and provides an analysis of these regulations.
Every year, hundreds of millions of animals are raised and killed on intensive farms for the purposes of clothes, accessories, shoes, etc. Animals are trapped, mutilated, and killed under the most horrific conditions to satisfy human desires. In this blog, Lu Shegay discusses the practices of leather and wool production and why it should end.
Foie gras is a specialty food product made out of a duck or a goose’s liver that is forcibly enlargened nine times the regular size of the bird’s liver. This has earned a lot of controversies, mainly due to the treatment of birds and the methods used for acquiring the liver from the animal. In this blog, Lu Shegay discusses the cruelty of the foie gras industry and campaigning activities related to it.
The Japanese agricultural sector accounts for less than 1.3% of the country’s GDP, and the statistics show that using animals in agriculture plays a minor role in agricultural activities. However, farmed animals still endure cruel practices and the national law does not protect them. In this blog, Lu Shegay discusses the treatment of farmed animals and the regulations in Japan.
The snow leopard is one of the symbolic animals for Asian countries. Although this species is not classified as Endangered now, their population continues to decline due to poaching and climate change. In this blog, Lu Shegay discusses the main threats and legal protection for these animals.
The topic of legal personhood for animals has been the object of many debates for decades. It has been a question for a long period of time whether animals shall be granted legal rights, if yes, what rights, and whether all animals shall be granted legal personhood, if not all animals, then what animals? This blog provides why animals need rights and the legal cases on this matter.
The Maldives is an archipelagic country that is located in the Indian subcontinent and has open access to the Indian Ocean. Given the rich biodiversity and the abundance of aquatic species, fishing is the second main industry in the country. This blog provides an overview of fishing activities and legal regulations in the Maldives.