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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.

"Herd of sheep grazing on field" by Maria Orlova from Pexels
October 22, 2021

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.


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"Lurking crocodile" by A.Cahlenstein Photography is licensed under CC BY 2.0
October 20, 2021

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.


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"File:Mulard duck being force fed corn in order to fatten its liver for foie gras production.jpg" by Credit L214 - Éthique & animaux is licensed under CC BY 3.0
October 12, 2021

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.


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"White Pigs on Green Grass" by Alina Kovalchuk from Pexels
October 9, 2021

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.


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"Snow leopard" by John Linwood is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
September 26, 2021

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.


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"Lying chimpanzee" by Tambako the Jaguar is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
September 22, 2021

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.


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"Fresh Fishes" by energepic.com from Pexels
September 18, 2021

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.


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"GREEN PEAFOWL" by cuatrok77 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
September 15, 2021

The green peafowl is one of the largest bird species in the world with important cultural value to many countries. The species is classified as Endangered in the IUCN Red List and listed in Appendix II of CITES. However, the habitat of this species is not sufficiently protected. In this blog, Zihao Yu discusses the threats and conservation efforts of the green peafowl.


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"Monochrome Photo of Dolphins Underwater" by Taryn Elliott from Pexels
September 10, 2021

Japan is an island country in East Asia, which is located in the northwest Pacific Ocean, thus having open access to the waters. Taiji dolphin drive hunt is based on driving dolphins into a small bay where they are either killed for their meat or captured for the subsequent sale to entertainment facilities. In this blog, Lu Shegay discusses dolphin hunting and the animal issues associated with this practice.


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"donkey" by bagsgroove is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
September 7, 2021

Donkeys were widely used in China as working animals for transportation and agriculture activities in the past decades. Currently, fewer donkeys are used as working animals but more donkeys are used for food or traditional medicine. In this blog, Zihao Yu discusses the facts and welfare issues of donkeys in mainland China.


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"Dugong" by flickkerphotos is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
August 31, 2021

The dugong is the only living species of the Dugongidae family and can be found in 40 range countries throughout the Indo-West Pacific. The dugong has been historically hunted for their meat and oil, and some populations of these mammals are believed to be close to extinction. In this blog, Lu Shegay discusses the major threats and legal protection of this species.


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"Milking it in China. Mengniu Factory Inner Mongolia" by Cory M. Grenier is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
August 23, 2021

Mainland China has a growing industry of dairy products. However, the laws and regulations focus more on product quality and public health. Animal welfare in the dairy industry is rarely mentioned by several largest companies in mainland China. In this blog, Zihao Yu discusses the facts, regulations, and animal welfare in mainland China.


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"Gharial" by wwarby is licensed under CC BY 2.0
August 18, 2021

Gharials inhabit the Indian subcontinent, and their population has significantly declined since the 1930s due to river pollution, dam construction, fishing operations, illegal sand mining, and poaching. In this blog, Lu Shegay discusses the major threats and conservation programs that were launched to save this species.


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"Laysan Albatross Chick in Marine Debris" by NOAA Marine Debris Program is licensed under CC BY 2.0
August 14, 2021

While in the fishing industry, certain aquatic animals are deliberately caught, there is another term "bycatch," an accidental catch of aquatic animals, the victims of which can be the wrong species, the wrong sex, undersized, or juvenile species of targeted animals. In this blog, Lu Shegay discusses the issues of bycatch, briefly mentions the places that are under threat, and animals impacted by this practice.


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