Sheep in a pen at a Chinese facility
Dr. Michelle Sinclair

May 19, 2022Opportunities for the Progression of Farm Animal Welfare in China

Recognizing the importance of locally led initiatives, this study by Visiting Fellow Dr. Michelle Sinclair aims to engage the knowledge and perspectives of Chinese leaders in order to identify opportunities to further improve farm animal welfare in China.

As the world’s largest livestock producer, China has made some progress to improve farm animal welfare in recent years. Recognizing the importance of locally led initiatives, this study aimed to engage the knowledge and perspectives of Chinese leaders in order to identify opportunities to further improve farm animal welfare in China. A team of Chinese field researchers engaged 100 senior stakeholders in the agriculture sector (livestock business leaders, agriculture strategists and intellectuals, government representatives, licensed veterinarians, agriculture lawyers, and national animal welfare advocates). Participants completed a Chinese questionnaire hosted on a national platform. The raw data responses were then translated and subjected to qualitative and quantitative analyses from which themes were built and resulting recommendations were made. The findings of this study urge emphasis on the ties between improved animal welfare with food safety, product quality, and profit, and demonstrate the existence of animal welfare opportunities outside of the immediate introduction of specific animal protection legislation. The resulting applications are anticipated to be of strategic use to stakeholders interested in improving farm animal welfare in China.

Read theĀ full research paper in Frontiers in Animal Science.