There is no animal welfare law or farmed animal welfare law in China. The Animal Husbandry Law of the People's Republic of China 2015 does not have any terms with regard to animal welfare. The companies holding the largest market share in the Dairy Product Production in China industry include Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd., China Mengniu Dairy Co., Ltd., Shanghai Bright Dairy & Food Co., Ltd., and Heilongjiang Feihe Dairy Co., Ltd.
ICCAW is short for the International Cooperation Committee of Animal Welfare by the China Association for the promotion of International Agriculture Cooperation. On their website, several recommended standards of farmed animal welfare are listed covering pigs, mutton sheep, beef cattle, laying hens, broilers, Cashmere goats. Animal welfare for dairy cows is not included.
According to the 2020 Yili Biodiversity Protection Report, helping cooperative ranch to enhance farmed animal welfare is a commitment to Yili Group. The Yili Group commits to helping cooperations with pasture construction standardized lairs, to improve animal welfare through specialization, standardization, humanized breeding management, make the dairy life environment, balanced daily nutrition, fine care, and provide a high-quality life "to eat, drink well, and rest well." The three pillars of animal welfare are a comfortable living environment, daily nutrition balance, and good health care. However, animal welfare is neither included in the sustainable development report 2020 nor mentioned in other parts of the website.
According to the website of Mengniu Dairy, there is one report called “Welfare promotion and implementation system for dairy cattle in the farm,” which is a recommendation published in 2020. According to the Sustainable Development Report 2020, animal welfare is one of the ten commitments of the company.
Bright Dairy and Feihe Dairy
On the websites of Bright Dairy and Feihe Dairy, animal welfare cannot be found on the website of Bright and of Feihe of social responsibility.
Although the largest two companies have the commitment to improve farmed animal welfare, the concept of animal welfare is still new to the whole industry of dairy in mainland China. The largest companies do not include animal welfare in their mission, social responsibility, or sustainable development goals. There is still a long way to improve the awareness of farmed animal welfare for the industry.