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Animal rights in China, but Thailand still waiting

Re: "China reels in horror as Japanese slaughter Bambi of the Sea", Opinion, February 1.

It was very encouraging to read that the issue of animal rights has come to China, where there is concern about protecting elephants, dolphins and whale sharks. Still, I was disappointed that the article said nothing about China's notorious fur farms where, among other things, dogs are skinned alive.

Years ago an American animal-rights activist I know was excited about his upcoming trip to China to meet with officials and discuss the issues. The mere fact they were willing to meet him was a sign of changing times, he said.

While animal rights used to be seen as an extremist cause, it is now going mainstream all over the world, even in China. Can Thailand be far behind?

Eric Bahrt


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