Asia Animal Law Bulletin

Asia Animal Law Bulletin is the news source provided by the Institute of Animal Law of Asia (IALA) encompassing the latest updates on the protection of animals in the countries of Asia and analyzing the legal issues of the news articles.

Read our sixteenth series of news articles on the following topics:

  • Burying saiga antelopes alive in Kazakhstan;

  • The arrest of the Delhi Youtuber for animal cruelty;

  • The Vietnamese hotel group's commitment to shift to cage-free eggs;

  • A 400-km march of Asian elephants in China;

  • Returning of the world's tiniest pig to the wild; and

  • A plastic pellet problem in Sri Lanka.


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Read our fifteenth series of news articles on the following topics:

  • Illegal dog and cat mailing in Southwestern China;

  • The escape of 3 leopards from the zoo in China;

  • Concerns for the latest mass stranding of Caspian seals;

  • A journey of mistreated zebras to Iranian zoo;

  • The return and vanishment of a rarely seen owl in Indonesia; and

  • 18 elephants killed by lightning in India.


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Read our fourteenth series of news articles on the following topics:

  • South Korean animal rescue organizations saving dogs at former slaughterhouses;

  • Reasons for pilot whale mass stranding in Indonesia;

  • First virtual AfA Conference 2021;

  • GPS collars for tigers in Nepal;

  • Turning the spotlight on Asia’s smallest feline; and

  • The surge in elephant electrocutions in Sri Lanka.


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Read our thirteenth series of news articles on the following topics:

  • Opening of the first Beyond Meat manufacturing facility in China;

  • A 6-foot monitor lizard at the convenience store in Thailand;

  • Two dead whales on Bangladesh beach;

  • The Kaavan movie announcement;

  • The growth of the greater one-horned rhinoceros in Nepal; and

  • Japan's release of the treated Fukushima water into the sea.


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Read our twelfth series of news articles on the following topics:

  • Thailand authorities seizing $11 million in wildlife trafficking;

  • Helmeted hornbill receiving a protection boost in Thailand;

  • A new pack with Southeastern Asia animals in the PC game "Planet Zoo";

  • Hong Kong's first vegan cheese shop;

  • A rare sighting of the Amur leopard in Russia; and

  • Russia's first COVID-19 vaccine for animals.


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Read our eleventh series of news articles on the following topics:

  • Bird trafficking in Iraq;

  • Royal turtle laying eggs in captivity for the first time;

  • The closure of the largest dog meat auction house in South Korea;

  • Exemptions for animal ordinary cosmetics testing in China;

  • Chinese hotel with polar bears inside; and

  • Thailand's celebration of Elephant Day to attract tourists.


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Read our tenth series of news articles on the following topics:

  • Efforts to save fishing cats;

  • Asia's largest livestock research center in India;

  • Massive oil spill in Israel covered sea turtles in tar;

  • 1 out of 52 pilot whales survived stranding in Indonesia;

  • The first reappearance of a black-browed babbler in 172 years; and

  • Dubai cat cafe hopes to find forever homes for its rescues.


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Read our ninth series of news articles on the following topics:

  • The orangutan was rescued in Indonesia;

  • "WeQare" initiative by Qatar Airways Cargo;

  • South Korea gives free COVID-19 tests to pets;

  • COVID-19 origin has to continue after WHO report;

  • Wild pigs in Southeast Asia confront deadly African fever; and

  • White tiger cubs likely died from COVID-19 in Pakistan.


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Read our eighth series of news articles on the following topics:

  • Rare sighting of Siamese crocodile in Thailand;

  • The first lion cub born via artificial insemination;

  • 30 slow lorises were rescued in Indonesia;

  • Asia's first dairy-free ice cream launched in Hong Kong;

  • New hope to save the Philippine pangolin; and

  • Animal traps in Hong Kong led to the police investigation.


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Read our seventh series of news articles on the following topics:

  • American Airlines is banning emotional-support animals;

  • A hope for extremely rare species of a turtle;

  • A trapped young minke whale is killed in Japan;

  • 19 people will be charged for feeding wild boars in Singapore;

  • The world's oldest animal paintings in Indonesia; and

  • The launch of Al Islami Foods' first vegan burger in UAE.


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Read our sixth series of news articles on the following topics:

  • Bird flu in Japan;

  • New life of smuggled orangutans in Indonesia;

  • New population of blue whales in the Western Indian Ocean;

  • Lucky, the Kazakhstani rescued dog's new life in the USA;

  • Raising alarms of exotic animals cafes in Asia; and

  • The effect of the pandemic on Asia's captive elephants.


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Read our fifth series of news articles on the following topics:

  • The first male elephant is born in Tokyo's zoo;

  • Singapore, the first country in the world approving lab-grown meat;

  • A woman shares a home with 1,300 dogs in China;

  • Rescue of an orangutan in West Borneo;

  • Massive death of camels in UAE; and

  • Sickly dancing bears move to a sanctuary in Jordan.


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Read our fourth series of news articles on the following topics:

  • Constructions' effect on wild buffaloes' habitat in Hong Kong;

  • Weixin county reconsiders the dog walking directives;

  • Rocky, the mutt, finds a new home;

  • Parrots in plastic bottles were found in Indonesia;

  • World's loneliest elephant is free; and

  • Ban on elephant rides in Dak Lak, Vietnam.


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Read our third series of news articles on the following topics:

  • Ban of the dog meat trade in Cambodia;

  • Rescue of 2 bears from bear bile farming in Phu Tho and 6 bears in Binh Duong;

  • A newly discovered primate in Myanmar;

  • Listing Caspian Seal in the Red Book of Kazakhstan; and

  • Animal Advocacy Conference Asia 2020.

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Read our second series of news articles on the following topics:

  • Israel is on its development to ban the fur trade;

  • China bans captive breeding of 45 wild animals by the end of 2020;

  • China's first biosafety law is passed in response to the COVID-19;

  • A man is arrested for allegedly abusing stray cats in Thailand;

  • A roaring comeback of wild Persian leopards in Russia’s Mountains; and

  • A cruel killing of a wolf in Kazakhstan.

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Read our first series of news articles on the following topics:

  • The new report on illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia and China;

  • Suspected animal killers in Hong Kong will not be prosecuted;

  • The celebration of World Rhino Day and the birth of two Javan rhinos in Indonesia;

  • The new investigation of the dog meat market in South Korea; and

  • The mass death of aquatic animals at the Kamchatka Peninsula.

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