May 22, 2022
Experts push for animal protection law in response to public outcry over bear bile issue

Calls for China’s first animal welfare protection law have increased with recent media controversies over the IPO of a company that sells extracted bear bile for medicinal purposes. Environmental law scholar Yang Chaoxia states that “we have the responsibility to protect the basic welfare of animals”, especially for bears that are only listed in the second tier of China’s wildlife protection directory.

Yang highlights the lack of a specific animal welfare protection legislation and notes that "the existing legal framework seriously lacks legal resources to ban live bear bile extraction (活熊取胆) and prevent the IPO of Guizhentang company." Proposed legislation has been discussed for years but its progress remains unclear.
[Source: Fazhi Wanbao]