“Dogs Could Live to Bark Another Day As Chinese Embrace Animal Rights” -Newsweek

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Summary: ” Some 30 million dogs suffer in the meat trade across Asia. Some 70 million people watched the footage on Chinese social media channels and even government newspapers took a break from toeing the party line to proclaim, “It made us cry—those poor animals!” People are refusing to stand by silently while animals suffer, and the government is taking notice and taking action. Actors such as Sun Li, Yang Mi and Bo-Lin Chen have spread the word to their millions of followers on social media that not only is draping yourself in fur cruel, it also makes you look care for a cave dweller. There’s also good news, for the 300,00 animals used every year in cosmetics tests in which chemicals are dripped into their eyes, smeared onto their shaved skin or forced down their throats: Last year, China ended the requirement that “non–special use” cosmetics be registered with the Chinese Food, and Drug Administration, which means that it is no longer automatically required that they be tested on animals. Subscribe JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Social media networks, including Weibo, and WeChat, have played a key role in the mass awakening to animal rights of millions of Chinese people, especially the youth population—and PETA Asia is currently ranked as the fourth almost all influential charity on Weibo. And a number of families who’d purchased tickets to a circus at Beijing’s Workers’ Stadium changed their minds and refused to attend at the end of activists from Freedom, for Animal Actors stood outside of the entrance to the venue wearing animal masks, furry costumes and chains, urging, “Please do not observe animal performances.” China has not historically been viewed as a bastion of animal rights but progress is being made.”

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