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.
Fishing is a widespread practice across the globe. To protect aquatic animals from anthropogenic activities and to preserve the marine environment, it is crucial for countries to cooperate directly or through international organizations, as well as strictly comply with international regulations. This blog provides an overview discussion of how international instruments regulate fishing activities.
The number of stray animals increases in many countries of the world. The ownership of stray animals is not that clear according to the law, and the animal control law does not protect the welfare of stray animals at the same level as companion animals. In this blog, Zihao Yu provides an analysis of stray animal ownership and the regulations.
Fur and leather belong to animals and taking them for human's clothes and accessories is cruel. The fur and leather industry includes farming, trapping and hunting, and import and export. Only wild animals are protected under laws and regulations in the U.S. and China, without considering animal welfare. In this blog, Zihao Yu provides an analysis of the fur and leather industry in the U.S. and China.
Zoos may have a positive side with regard to educational purposes, but they have a negative impact on animals and using them for entertainment. The alternative ways, such as animal sanctuaries, are better solutions for the conservation of animals and educating children/students. In this blog, Zihao Yu analyzes the legal framework for animal welfare protection in zoos.
Dogs have always been recognized as companion animals and humans' friends. However, both in the past and present dogs are used in a brutal practice of slaughterhouses or beyond them, being cruelly killed for food consumption. This blog provides an overview of the dog meat industry and dog treatment in Asian countries.
Animals are used in entertainment around the world, and they are kept in circuses, zoos, rodeos, aquariums, etc. Aquatic animals are considered to be often-forgotten animals and draw little attention from the public. Not so many people express interest in whether aquatic animals are well treated or whether they are actually happy in kept tanks. This blog discusses the detrimental effect of confinement on animals and how they are treated within certain countries.
Service animals are working animals trained and used to assist people with disabilities in many ways, including guiding and hearing. They are different from other types of working animals and are not pets. The protection of service animals is based on the protection level of the rights of people with disabilities. In this blog, Zihao discusses the definition of service animals and their place within the legal system.
Animal farming is a widespread practice in Asian countries and millions of animals are kept and raised for commercial purposes. Some Asian countries have not enacted any animal welfare law, some of them have, but without addressing any provisions with regard to farmed animals, and the language of the law of some countries is not directly aimed at considering animals’ interests. This blog provides an overview of using animals in agriculture and a comparative analysis of the protection of farmed animals in the United States and countries of Asia.
South Asia consists of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. South Asia, with one-fourth of the world's population, has 15% of world biodiversity, and 21% of dairy animals of the world. In this blog, Zihao Yu discusses the legal protection of animals in South Asian countries.
India is the second-most populous and a megadiverse country. Its habitat consists of 8.6% of all mammal species, 13.7% of bird species, 7.9% of reptile species, 6% of amphibian species, and 12.2% of fish species. India lists 172 threatened species under IUCN and hosts more than 500 wildlife sanctuaries and 13 biosphere reserves. In this blog, practicing lawyers Aiswarya Murali and Padma Venkataraman provides an overview of animal law in the country.
Indonesia is a country located in Southeast Asia and Oceania, between the Indian and Pacific oceans, and has one of the world's highest levels of biodiversity. Indonesia is inhabited with 1531 species of bird and 515 species of mammal being endemic. Also, it has the world's most enormous diversity of coral reef fish with more than 1650 species in eastern Indonesia only. In this blog, Lu Shegay discusses the legal instruments for the protection of animals within the country.
Malaysia published the Animal Act in 1953, together with the Animal Welfare Act in 2015 and the Wildlife Conservation Act in 2010. The legislation provides a good basis for the protection of animal welfare and wildlife animals. However, effectiveness and enforcement are still needed to be improved. This blog provides an analysis of the Malaysian legislation on animal protection.
Vietnam being located within the Indomalayan region is considered one of the countries having unique biodiversity. Its fauna includes 307 nematode species, 200 oligochaeta, 145 acarina, 113 springtails, 7750 insects, 260 reptiles, and 120 amphibians. Also, there are 840 birds and 310 mammals found in the country. This blog provides an analysis of the Vietnamese legislation on animal protection.
It’s World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)! This day is dedicated to highlight the need for the conservation and protection of migratory birds and protect their habitats. This blog provides a discussion on the major threats of migratory birds, legal issues, and protection under the law.
Thailand has a wide variety of animals used for different purposes, mostly for entertainment. The national symbol of the country is a Thai elephant whose population has decreased from 100 000 in 1850 to 2000. Poaching is one of the main remaining issues in the country despite having several animal-focused acts. This blog provides an analysis of those acts, other legal instruments, and non-mandatory standards.
Singapore has the Animals and Birds Act, the Wildlife Act, and the Endangered Species (Import and Export) Act for the protection of animals in different categories. However, the classification of animals is not clear in the Animals and Birds Act. In this blog, Zihao Yu discussed the general information for animal protection and the classification in the Animals and Birds Act.
Iran is inhabited by several wild animal species, such as bears, the Eurasian lynx, foxes, gazelles, gray wolves, jackals, wild pigs, and panthers. Iran includes at least 74 species of wild animals in the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. However, the legal protection of animals is almost non-existent in the country, and despite having passed some regulations they are not aimed at animal welfare. This blog provides a detailed discussion of the legislation in Iran with regard to animals.
The Philippines is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia and consists of around 7641 islands. It is a very diverse country having around 1100 land vertebrate species, including over 100 mammal species and 170 bird species. For the last ten years, the country has discovered 16 new species of mammals, and its marine waters have the highest diversity of shorefish species in the world. In this blog, Lu Shegay touched upon various pieces of legislation on the protection of animals in the Philippines, including the penalties for the violation of any provisions of the Animal Welfare Act.
Mongolia has the lowest population density in the world with a large area of land and a wide diversity of wild animals. Under the impact of international trade, illegal hunting and trade cause a lot of issues for endangered animals. In this blog, Zihao Yu discussed the legislation on poaching and hunting in Mongolia, as well as the treatment of animals used in agriculture within the country.
Japan has adopted its Animal Welfare Act in 1973 known as the AIGO Act. In this Act, animals are listed as "living creatures" to have more respect within the system of human-property dualism in the legal system. In this blog, Zihao Yu discussed the main content of the Act and the comment from World Animal Protection.
South Korea is one of the most developing countries and has experienced one of the largest economic transformations for the last 60 years. Animal welfare legislation is considered weak by international standards, however, the country has a couple of laws that cover various issues related to animals. In this blog, Lu Shegay discussed the level of the legal protection of animals in the country, as well as the latest updates on animal welfare issues.
China is the most populous country and being the second-largest economy in the world. However, despite having various laws related to animals, mainland China has no Animal Welfare Act yet, while Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan have issued the Animal Protection Law for animal welfare and anti-cruelty. China is one of the influential countries across the world but is still being considered a developing country. In this blog, Zihao Yu discussed the existing laws on the protection of animals in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.
The protection of animals is rapidly being developed nowadays with the establishment of more communities and organizations that are aimed at the legal protection of animals, but the field of animal law is still relatively new and is not popular in many parts of the world. While developed countries have already started to work on the legal protection of our innocent brothers and sisters a long time ago, some developing countries are only on their way to start creating a legal shield for those who need our attention. In this blog, Lu Shegay analyzed the main issues related to animals and how the legislation treats them in the countries of Central Asia.