Translation: Sharp Eyes—A Year in Rural Surveillance

Surveillance in Chinese cities is ubiquitous, with highly visible security cameras trained on most every intersection, public space, and building, but over the past decade, it has been seeping into the countryside as well. In an...

Citizens Resist Hong Kong Hamster Hunt

In their efforts to trace and contain a rapidly growing coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong, authorities have identified a prime suspect of transmission: hamsters. After one employee of a pet shop tested positive for COVID-19 in...

China’s Vegetarians Outnumber America’s

As China’s appetite for meat grows, so does awareness of its environmental cost, and the number of those giving it up. From Mary Kay Magistad at PRI’s The World: […] Many Chinese just don’t want to give up meat. But...

Police Seize Pet Dogs From Beijing Homes

Police in Beijing have been confiscating large pet dogs, including golden retrievers, labradors, collies, and many other breeds according to an official notice.  Regulations from 2003 [zh] that labeled these breeds as...

MOOve Over Miss World

While Miss China took the Miss World 2012 title, cows in Shanxi Province also had the opportunity to be crowned the winner in the Miss Dairy Cow Pageant, from The New York Daily News: Cows in China got the chance to strut their...

The Loneliness of the Chinese Birdwatcher

A reporter for the Economist writes about being a bird-watcher in China: In theory, China has lots of birds. To date, 1,329 species have been counted, out of a world total of 9,000-odd. China has a rich mix of habitats, from...

Chinese Wonder If Animals Can Predict Earthquakes

From AP via First, the water level in a pond inexplicably plunged. Then, thousands of toads appeared on streets in a nearby province. Finally, just hours before China’s worst earthquake in three decades,...

China Animal Lovers Protest Eating Cats – AP

From Associated Press: Chinese cat lovers mobilized online to save a truck load of cats from the cooking pot, a newspaper reported Tuesday. Veteran Shanghai cat rescuer Duo Zirong started off her mission Friday when she called police to stop a truck stuffed with some 800 live cats, the China Daily said. The standoff happened […]

Animal Waste a Heavy Burden for Environment – Guan Xiaofeng

From China Daily: Experts have warned of environmental pollution from increased animal husbandry, as the country became the world’s top meat and egg producer last year. “Domestic animal and poultry waste has become a major source of environmental pollution,” Oriental Outlook Weekly quoted Wu Weixiang, associate professor with Zhejiang University‘s College of Agriculture, as saying […]

Photo Series: Animals Get a Taste of Christmas

From A worker at the Xi’an Qinling Wildlife park in Santa Claus costume feed monkeys in Xi’an, western China’s Shaanxi Province, on December 27, 2006. [Link Here]

Wang Zhuoqiong: Tuskless elephants evolving thanks to poachers

From China Daily: More male Asian elephants in China will be born without tusks because poaching of tusked elephants is reducing the gene pool, a recent study predicts. Research by Zhang Li, an associate professor of zoology with the college of life sciences at Beijing Normal University, discovered that the gene for tusklessness is spreading […]



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