Tiger tragedies in China spur calls for animal-protection laws

04/1/2010 | TIME (subscription required)

Recent reports on captive tigers that had died of starvation in China are helping to incite a cultural interest on animal-welfare issues that had been largely lacking in the country. This cultural shift is manifested in part by animal-abuse regulations being considered in the country. "A ban on abusing animals generally would illustrate that China has reached a new level of civilization," a Chinese legal expert said.

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