Reuters. (2007, December 19). China Drafts "Humane" Standards for Animal Slaughter. [Online]. Available: http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/46110/story.htm [2008, May 15].
China; government; humane; standards
China, widely criticised for cruelty to animals bred for consumption, is drafting new standards on animal slaughter to make the practice more humane, Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday.
The central province of Henan has already adopted the measures, which include stunning the animals before killing them, and herding pigs with plastic prods instead of electric ones.
"Since the quality of meat from China has drawn international attention, the Chinese government has conducted special treatment on this issue," the report quoted an official from the Administrative Office of Livestock Slaughtering as saying.
China, the world's biggest pork producer and consumer, has been under scrutiny over the safety of its food exports and food production standards after a series of health scares both at home and abroad.
It has also been widely criticised by rights groups for its inhumane treatment of animals, including bears farmed for their bile and dogs for their meat....