Part of the widespread animal cruelty that occurs in China stems from the fact that it’s a country with no laws prohibiting the mistreatment of animals. And whilst this has always been widely accepted by the Chinese people, there does seem to be evidence that attitudes are changing. - particularly after the horrors and vile conditions of China and Vietnam's 'wet markets' have been revealed after the Covid-19 outbreak!
The international coverage and outrage against annual dog meat festivals and the barbaric dog and cat meat trade generally, seem to be having some impact on the Chinese public. Having said this, the term “animal welfare” though, is only familiar to about one third of the population.
That’s where The Haven in Shanghai comes into play. The Haven is primarily an animal rescue group, privately funded through donations and run by volunteers and whilst their main mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home unwanted, abandoned and abused pets, they are also focusing on educating the next generation of Chinese nationals about animal welfare.
The Haven’s volunteer base regularly attend primary schools to educate students on the joy of having a pet and to promote responsible pet ownership. As these images show, the students are extremely responsive to these programs and for some of these children, these are the first dogs they’ve ever pet.
Although there is still a long way to go, educating this next generation is a vital key to changing a country’s mindset and introducing some forms of basic animal protection laws.
Paws For Change are pleased to partner with Fight Dog Meat in their support of The Haven and although our strict quarantine laws make it virtually impossible to adopt dogs into Australia, we can help ‘virtually adopt’ some of the dogs awaiting their fur-ever homes! It all helps!