Chimelong Safari Park launches “AR Zoo” in 2018

On July 31st, Chimelong and Baidu jointly held an event to officially launch the “Chimelong AR Zoo” app, an ongoing collaborative project. The two companies are working together to build the very first AR Zoo in the world, providing future visitors with more diverse ways to tour the park.

According to the meeting, the new app is a product of the developing Augmented Reality technology. It is based on many AI techniques from Baidu, such as AR rendering and image recognition. The project has just released the app’s first three main services, including Animal Introduction, AR Camera, and AR Walking Navigation.

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“Animal Introduction” can automatically explain information about animals during the tour. The app also enables visitors to feed and control the movements of the animals, enhancing the interaction between tourists and animals.

“AR Camera” can enable visitors to go on virtual tours around the park and interact with rare species. It also allows visitors to take photos with animals.

“AR Walking Navigation” provides a map of all the buildings and exhibitions in the park, helping the visitors find their way quickly.

Nianhan Wang, the vice CEO of Chimelong, states that the two companies will have more collaborative, innovative projects to provide more smart services for enhancing the visitors’ experiences.

All information and photos come from Bendibao.com: http://m.gz.bendibao.com/tour/242918.html.

Translated by Lele and edited by Riley Peng @ Animal Dialogue

Fuxi Animal Hospital brings free veterinary clinics to the community

On July 13, 2018, in order to promote scientific methods of raising pets and preventing animal diseases, Fuxi Animal Hospital and the Judean Community Neighborhood Committee hosted free medical consultation sessions for animals at the South Gate of the Judehuayuan Community in Tianhe District, Guangzhou.

The theme is “Harmonious Community, Civilized Science, and Pets,” which enables the community residents to learn how to scientifically raise their pets. At the same time, the event provides support services for community stray animals, and collaborate with the local community to create a safe and comfortable living environment for both the residents and their pets.

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On the same day, seven senior physicians from the Fuxi Animal Hospital set up a general medical examination desk for providing free full-body physical examinations to animals. The items examined included: body weight, body temperature, body condition, level of consciousness, behavior, body posture, ear examination, eye examination, nose, mucosal color, cavity, teeth, skin coat, palpation of the abdomen, limbs, joints, auscultation of the heart and lungs, etc.

In addition, the event taught the residents general pet knowledge and how to take care of young and old sick animals, handled dog certification for community residents, and popularized vaccines, deworming, and zoonosis.

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In recent years, as the number of pet families increased, the number of stray pets also increased. To foster a harmonious community, Fuxi Animal Hospital actively provides support services for stray animals. It implemented a half-priced stray animal sterilization program, as well as a half-priced stray animal disease diagnosis and treatment plan.

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Fuxi Animal Hospital said that it intends the free clinic activities to advocate for a more civilized way of raising pets, to build a harmonious community environment, and to provide care and love for stray animals. It hopes that these activities will help the residents better understand their pets, and improve the emotional exchange and communication between residents and their pets.

All information and photos come from gogochina.cn (click to view source).

Translated by Sherry Yao and edited by Riley Peng @ Animal Dialogue

Rosy starlings came to build their home in a construction area in Xinjiang, causing an advanced highway construction project to pause

In Nilka, Xinjiang, nearly 74 million dollars had been invested in a highway construction project. But to the workers’ surprise, the gravels at the construction site had attracted a flock of rosy starlings to build their home here and breed the next generation. What’s more, because these birds had decided not to budge from their nests, the construction project had to halt because of them. What on earth had happened?

Rosy starlings caused a halt in the construction project

Xinjiang is the main breeding ground in China for rosy starlings. Every year from May to July, rosy starlings come here to breed their next generation. This year, these birds happened to choose to build their nests within the highway construction area in Ili, Xinjiang.

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In the beginning, when the huge flock of rosy starlings had arrived at the construction site, the workers felt very confused. Later, they invited ornithologists to the site, who discovered what species these birds were and the fact that they were at their breeding season. Rosy starlings like to build their nests near gravels and small caves, but they won’t stay there forever. It only takes a month for the young starlings to grow up. After the conclusion of that month, they will migrate with their parents to the south. However, for this 74-million-dollar project, a month is definitely a long time.

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Dongjun Jiang, the chief engineer of the project, said: “It is very hard to stop such an enormous project because many factors — such as labor, materials, equipment, and construction timeline — are involved. These friendly birds had been a headache for the construction team. However, rosy starlings hold important economic and research values. They are worth our protection. Therefore, the local government, as well as the construction team, decided to halt the project.”

Dongjun Jiang stated that the construction project will resume after the rosy starlings have moved away.

The local villagers had built homes for these starlings

The construction project had stopped, but the workers haven’t. They have been building protection webs for the birds. In fact, the local villagers in Ili, Xinjiang, have also been quite supportive.

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The reporter visited a village and learned that more than 50 out of the 440 families in this village have rosy starlings breeding in their backyards. Erijan Ye have been building his new house, but a month ago, several rosy starlings had already built nests over the bricks that he originally intended to use for his building new house. To avoid disturbing them, Erjiang had to buy new bricks.

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The local villager, Erjiang said: “Rosy starlings had built their nests on our bricks a month ago. Since we do not want to damage their eggs and nests, I bought new bricks for the house. This year, the villagers have been gathering stones and moving them to areas typically frequented by large numbers of locusts, so that more rosy starlings can be attracted to those areas and breed there.”

Rosy starlings are “locust killers”

Rosy starlings like to eat locusts, and they possess a big stomach and good appetite. Each adult bird can consume 120 to180 locusts. In many parts of Xinjiang, farmers have been using large amounts of pesticides to kill locusts, but doing so had been highly costly, as well as threatening the environment and rosy starlings. After making various comparisons, biologists realized that rosy starlings can be a better biological pest control method. Indeed, this solution yielded much better results.540.gif

The photographer happened to take this picture of adult rosy starlings breeding chicks during an interview on the highway. The baby birds were waiting for their parents to feed them.

The reporter learned that, over the past ten years, 17 huge rosy starling nests were built over 140,000 acres of farmland in Nilka which were heavily infested with locusts. Thanks to these starlings, the locust population has been effectively controlled.

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It is now the breeding season for rosy starlings. It will take a month for the young starlings to grow up. And after a month, the starling families will move to South Asia.

All information and photos come from The Paper and CCTV News: https://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_2268845.

Translated by Lele, and edited by Riley Peng @ Animal Dialogue

 

The establishment of China’s first farm animal welfare charity award

On the morning of June 20th, the launching ceremony of the “Farm Animal Welfare Promotion Award” was held at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. This award is the first public welfare award for farm animal welfare in China, jointly sponsored by the World Animal Protection Association (World Animal Protection), the China Veterinary Association (CVMA), and the China Agricultural International Cooperation Promotion Association (CAPIAC).

The ceremony was hosted by Zili Jia, Secretary General of the Animal Welfare Health Services and Welfare Branch of the China Veterinary Association.

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In a subsequent speech, Jinluo Wang, Executive Deputy Secretary General of the Chinese Veterinary Association, introduced that World Animal Protection was established in 1981, and has dedicated itself to animal protection for over 30 years. Headquartered in London, it is active in more than 50 countries around the world. The organization actively promotes the concept and practice of animal protection. Internationally, holding a comprehensive consultative status with the United Nations ensures that animal protection is included in the global issues that need to be addressed, explaining to the world that animal protection is mutually beneficially for both humans and nonhuman animals.

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Jinluo Wang speaking at the launching ceremony @FeedTrade.com

China is a big producer of animal products. In order to promote the enactment of animal welfare legislation, the China Animal Welfare Association was established in 2013. It has demonstrated its commitment to the advancement of animal welfare by executing various animal welfare projects.

Mr. Zhonghua Zhao, China’s Chief Representative of the World Animal Protection Association, remarked that just like humans, animals also have morality and emotions. China’s cultural inheritance should also include animal protection.

Moreover, animal welfare standards must be adopted by the livestock industry in the near future. The “Farm Animal Welfare Promotion Award” aims to promote the implementation of animal welfare standards in slaughterhouses and other enterprises.

Chunling Xi, Executive Director of the China Council for the Promotion of International Cooperation of Animal Welfare (ICCAW), explained that prior to this ceremony, the ICCAW conducted a questionnaire among the masses. The survey results show that welfare animal farming in China has a high degree of public recognition: 84% of those surveyed are willing to purchase welfare-rated products, and 70% are willing to purchase welfare-rated products at a price 10% higher than non-welfare-rated products.

Therefore, she hopes that these animal welfare prizes will make the public more acceptive of animal welfare.

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Chunling Xi speaking at the ceremony @FeedTrade.com

Professor Xianhong Gu, an animal welfare expert for 20 years, reported to the guests and media outlets present at the ceremony the significant progress China has made in farm animal welfare. At present, China’s farm animal welfare standards have been promulgated, in conjunction with the launch of relevant national scientific research plans.

All information and photos come from FeedTrade.com:
http://www.feedtrade.com.cn/news/enterprise/2014-06-24/2017950.html

Translated by Sherry Yao and edited by Riley Peng @ Animal Dialogue

To protect wildlife, Baidu blocked 53 users and shut down 33 Post Bars

On March 7th, 2017, Baidu launched the “Baidu Biodiversity Protection Project” to cleanse the Baidu Post Bar, an online community bound tightly to Baidu’s search service. For a long time, many wildlife product traders had used Baidu Post Bar to post or exchange trade information without any restriction. This illegal trade hasn’t been terminated until this year.1

According to the latest data, up until now, Baidu has deleted 197,000 posts about the illegal wildlife product trade, shut down 33 Post Bars, and permanently banned the accounts of 53 users. Harmful information and thousands of pictures on Baidu’s other user platforms, such as Baidu Knows and Baidu Library, have also been blocked by Baidu.

All of these actions aim to protect endangered animals such as elephants, pangolins, bears, rhinoceros, and tigers.

On June 22nd, 2018, Baidu cooperated with the International Fund for Animal Welfare to launch the “DU AI All Life” ( which means “Baidu Loves All Life”) project. The two parties will utilize their respective advantages to protect biodiversity and explore the applications of internet technology in the area of wildlife crime prevention.2

This was the achievement of the second phase of Baidu’s biodiversity protection project. Over the past year, Baidu has joined hands with government authorities and NGOs to contribute to biodiversity protection.

At the International Biodiversity Day Memorial in March 2017, Baidu cooperated with China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection on the DUVA project. Baidu was the only internet company to attend this conference.

From September 25th to 27th, 2017, TRAFFIC, a world wildlife trade monitoring network, invited Baidu to attend Oxford University’s illegal wildlife trade conference. Baidu’s accomplishments in biodiversity protection were collected by the Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity and published as a brief report, which was sent to over 20 member countries.5

On November 22nd, 2017, Baidu, in conjunction with 8 other Chinese internet companies, including Tencent and Alibaba, launched the first Chinese internet company league aiming to attack the illegal online wildlife trade.4

In January this year, Baidu cooperated with WWF to hold a “Make a Pinky Promise with Celebrities” event to spread the spirit of resisting ivory products.

Baidu has promised to continue trying its best to protect biodiversity with its advancements in internet technology.

All information and photos come from TechWeb: http://www.techweb.com.cn/internet/2018-06-28/2680030.shtml

Translated by Victor Du and edited by Riley Peng @ Animal Dialogue

Chuying Agro-Pastoral Group awarded with the “Good Pig Production Award”

On June 28th, Chuying Agro-Pastoral Group has been honored with the “Good Pig Production Award.” This is the third time for the Group to win this award signifying international recognition.

Compassion in World Animal Farming, or CIWF, has awarded the Group because of its commitment to “green” and humane farming methods for meat pigs and sows.1

The Group really cares about the health and well-being of its pigs, taking measures to ensure their comfort.

For instance, experts have prepared a customized daily schedule for each pig. In the summer, the pigs would go outside to sunbathe. In the summer, the pigs would go indoors to stay warm. Whenever they are thirsty, they can drink premium spring water. Whenever they feel hungry, they can eat high-quality soy and corn, and snack on fresh, seasonal vegetables.

In 2014, China Association for the Promotion of International Agricultural Cooperation, or CAPIAC, collaborated with CIWF to introduce the “Good Pig” award into China. Chuying Agro-Pastoral Group was the first enterprise to be honored with the award.

Subsequently, under the guidance of CIWF, the Group has continued to improve the welfare standards for its pigs. The Group ensures that during the transportation process, its pigs would not suffer from the bumpiness of roads. Before being slaughtered, they listen to Buddhist scriptures to stay emotionally calm. They are also euthanized instead of inhumanely slaughtered.2

“Now, many farmers proactively promote welfare pig farming,” said Wuqun Hou, Vice Chairman of Chuying Agro-Pastoral Group. The concept of welfare animal farming has now become much more widely recognized in Chinese farms.

All information and photos were obtained from Sina.com: http://finance.sina.com.cn/roll/2017-06-29/doc-ifyhryex5412855.shtml

Learn more about the Good Pig Award here: https://www.compassioninfoodbusiness.com/awards/good-pig-award/

Summarized and edited by Riley Peng @ Animal Dialogue

Stray animal rescue station moves 40 stray dogs into a new home in Huangshan

On June 17th, Father’s Day, also the second day of the Dragon Boat Festival holiday, on that sunny early morning, volunteer He of the Fluffy Doll House Volunteer Group woke everyone in his group up: “Let’s quickly get ready! It’s time for moving! ”.

At around 6:30 am, enthusiastic Fluffy Doll House members and rescue station volunteers arrived successively at the rescue station, and started getting busy under the managers’ command.

They had to move more than 40 dogs, 17 dog cages, and hundreds of household items such as fences, cabinets, dog food, and medicines. Besides, there were many trivial objects, and the project was huge. Everyone was highly efficient because of the mutual understanding that existed among all people present. By noon, they have already transported everything to the new station in Qiqi Town.2

According to the report, the building of the Fluffy Doll House’s old station is not only about to be demolished, but also severely polluted. Because of ongoing construction at the surrounding construction sites, stinky and heavily polluted water accumulates whenever it rains. As a result, dogs living in the old station have an increased chance of becoming ill. With assistance from all sectors of society, donations amounted to more than 50,000 yuan, which funded the relocation. However, in fact, it took more than 70,000 yuan to build a new station and successfully move into the station. Labor and supply costs have not yet been settled, and 20,000 more yuan is still needed.

Established in March 2016, the Fluffy Doll House is the only grassroots stray animal rescue station in Huangshan. Initially, it had only three to five employees. The rescued stray dogs were each housed in an employee’s own storage room or warehouse. As the number of rescuers increased, they began to annoy the neighborhood. Thus, Mr. Sun suggested that they move into the old factory building of Tunxi Welfare Factory. This is the third time it has moved to create a better living environment for dogs.

By this April, the Fluffy Doll House had rescued 221 stray dogs in two years. A total of 177 were adopted. The dogs currently in the station are mostly disabled dogs, sick dogs, and young dogs.1.jpg

At present, more and more stray dogs are being housed in the Fluffy Doll House. Those working for the Fluffy Doll House hope that the government can provide vaccination and sterilization for dogs, in order to solve the stray dog problem through targeting its root cause. In addition, instead of euthanization and other forms of killing, adoption should be widely encouraged.

Information and all photos obtained from ahwang.cn: http://www.ahwang.cn/anhui/20180619/1781433.shtml

Translated by Sherry Yao and edited by Riley Peng @ Animal Dialogue

The 2018 Africa-China Wildlife Conservation Conference Targets Pangolin Protection

On June 7th, the 2018 Africa-China Wildlife Conservation Conference was held in University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. The theme of this conference was “Wildlife Conservation: China Will Become a Strong Force in This Battle.” H.E. Ambassador Songtian Lin of China was invited to the conference and delivered a speech.

More than 100 people participated, including South African government officials, Africa-China relations scholars, representatives of Chinese communities in Africa, wildlife conservation organizations from different counties, and media outlets.1.JPG

With the support of Chinese communities in Africa and Chinese enterprises, the conference donated GPS tracking devices to the African Pangolin Working Group (APWG), the most influential pangolin protection organization in Africa.

According to Ray Jansen, the chairman of APWG, the world’s pangolins are facing severe survival threats. The GPS will be used to track saved pangolin for scientific research and pangolin protection.

Professor Ebrahim Momoniat, the Headmaster of Science College of the University of the Witwatersrand, represented the university to welcome the participants. He noted that so many representatives from different industries have gathered for this conference to resolve the dilemma of wildlife conservation. What’s more important was for all of them to concur on feasible solutions to the problems faced by Africa-China wildlife conservationists.

H.E. Ambassador Lin of China mentioned the two-day celebrity event hosted by the Chinese Embassy in March, which collected 200,000 rands worth of donations for Kruger National Park. He was so delighted to see that Chinese civil groups and organizations have taken up the initiative to hold this conference three months later. This conference provides “a great opportunity to communicate China’s wildlife conservation policies and measures to the South African and African people.”

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Ambassador Lin delivering his speech @people.cn

As Lin has said, the Chinese government has recognized the vital importance of wildlife protection in recent years. Since January 1st,2018, ivory trade has become illegal in China. Nowadays, fewer instances of wildlife poaching have been reported in China. As for illegal poaching by the Chinese ethnic minorities, the Chinese government will take a “zero-tolerance” attitude, and will cooperate closely with African countries to end these activities.

“This year marks the 20th anniversary of Chinese-South African diplomatic ties. We are willing to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation across the board. We can bring more benefits to the peoples of China and South Africa, and make new contributions to the cause of wildlife conservation,” said Lin.

According to Frances Craigie, the official of this country’s Department of Environmental Affairs, the Republic of South Africa is the biggest victim of illegal wildlife trades. To terminate illegal wildlife trading, the South African government has implemented numerous policies and measures. Meanwhile, the government has advised peoples to use natural resources properly and develop local economies, especially in rural area, to protect the nation’s unique biodiversity.

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Craigie giving her speech @people.cn

Mrs. Yanqing He, the director of the Humane Society International (HSI)’s Chinese branch, perceived this conference as precious and commendable. “When it comes to wildlife protection in Africa, people frequently mention elephant or rhinoceros. But this conference is focusing on pangolin, a rarely noticed species,” she said.

The conference was initiated by China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), Global Max Media Group, Nature Guardian Wildlife Conservation Centre, China House, and the University of the Witwatersrand’s Africa-China Reporting Project.

The conference had received several congratulation videos from famous Chinese singer Gong Linna Gong, clothing designer Mingyu Liang, photographer Liangzi, and Chinese conservationist Xinba.

To read the full remarks by H.E. Ambassador Lin Songtian of China to South Africa at the Africa-China Wildlife Conservation Conference, please click here: http://www.chinese-embassy.org.za/eng/sgxw/t1567675.htm

More references:

http://world.people.com.cn/n1/2018/0608/c1002-30044681.html

http://world.people.com.cn/n1/2018/0611/c1002-30051011.html

http://tv.people.com.cn/n1/2018/0608/c364580-30046627.

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http://www.chinese-embassy.org.za/eng/sgxw/t1567675.htm

Translated by Victor Du and edited by Riley Peng @Animal Dialogue

Beijing’s ecological environment continues to improve: the number of its wildlife species has reached 600

As Beijing’s ecological environment continues to improve, the number of species and quantity of wild animals in Beijing also continues to increase. As of now, the number of wildlife species in Beijing has reached 600, the majority of which are birds.

On June 2nd, the “Caring for Wildlife and Creating a Beautiful Homeland” event was officially launched in Beijing. At the event, two teenagers successfully released two mandarin ducks under the guidance of the Beijing Wildlife Conservation Society.

According to reports, the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau confiscated these two mandarin ducks in 2015. They were later taken care of by the Beijing Wildlife Rescue Center for three years. Now, they have finally recovered their ability to survive in the wild. On the day of the event, they successfully spread their wings and flew away.

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A pair of mandarin ducks @ BBS.ZOL.COM.CN

The growth in the number of wild animal populations in Beijing relies on the construction and improvement of the local ecological environment. Over the past five years, the capital’s landscaping and eco-environment construction have yielded fruitful results. The city has newly added 1.34 million mu of afforestation area and 4,022 hectares of green land. Its forest coverage rate has reached 43%, with 17.48 million cubic meters of forest reserves. Its urban green coverage rate has reached 48.2%, with 16.2 square meters per capita of green areas in parks.

Beijing’s constantly improving ecological environment has created better habitats for wildlife. In the last five years, Beijing has resumed its construction of more than 8,000 hectares of wetlands, forming ten wetland parks and ten wetland conservation communities.

To better monitor the living conditions of wild animals, Beijing has also set up 89 monitoring stations for wildlife disease epidemics. According to its monitoring efforts, the number of bird species in Beijing has continuously increased. Up until now, 600 species of wild animals exist in Beijing. A few rare wild animal species have also been successively discovered.

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A female harlequin duck discovered in central Beijing @ Birding Beijing

Beijing citizens have exhibited a growing awareness of wildlife protection. The harlequin ducks in Yuan Dadu Archaeological Site Park, Beijing swifts in the Summer Palace, squawk ducks in Beihai Park, and rare wild birds in Fangshan District, such as reed parrotbills, have been successively discovered and become the focus of public concern and protection.

Information from dzwww.com: https://www.dzwww.com/xinwen/guoneixinwen/201806/t20180602_17443432.htm

Photo of mandarin ducks from ZOL.BBS.COM.CN: http://bbs.zol.com.cn/dcbbs/d22_6977.html

Photo of harlequin duck from Birding Beijing: https://birdingbeijing.com/2017/03/14/volunteers-protect-beijings-harlequin-duck/

Translated by Sherry Yao and edited by Riley Peng @ Animal Dialogue

Chinese Vet Zhijuan Yin Awarded an “Animal Welfare Prize” by WVA

The 34th World Veterinary Association (WVA) Congress, held in Barcelona on May 7th, 2018, presented Chinese vet Dr. Zhijuan Yin with an “Animal Welfare Prize” for her outstanding contribution to animal welfare and animal protection. Besides Dr. Yin, there were four other honorees from Brazil, Canada, Senegal, and Sweden respectively.

This Congress established the latest global standards for animal welfare, providing principles for addressing animal problems.

Vets are vital for promoting animal welfare. Their role is becoming more significant as animal issues grab growing attention in our society. “Animal Welfare Prize,” among the most important awards given out by WAV, stands for the highest recognition of people who have significantly contributed to animal welfare and animal protection in different fields.

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The five winners of World Veterinary Association’s Animal Welfare Prize: Zhijuan Yin (China), Martar Seck (Senegal), Charlottle (Lotta) Berg (Sweden), Alice Crook (Canada), Adroaldo Jose Zanella (Brazil) @China.com

Dr. Yin, a young veterinary from A Rong Pet Hospital in Nanning (Capital city of China’s Guangxi province), was awarded for her professionalism and enthusiasm for public interest. She has been working on the Chinese project launched by ACT Asia and Vets for Compassion (VFC) since 2009. After confronting her shortcomings in specialty and animal welfare with an open mind and learning from VFC’s international experts, she finally passed VFC’s professional certification examination and became a VFC-certified vet trainer in China. By volunteering, she joined forces with Chinese vets, animal hospitals, and animal protection organizations to tackle the stray animal problem and to generate awareness of animal welfare throughout the whole industry. She has specifically been trying her best to promote flank spay, which aims to control the animal population and prevent the outbreak of rabies.

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Yin giving her award acceptance speech @China.com

Yuanyuan Zhang is one of the founders of ACT Asia and VFC’s “animal welfarist” vet training program. She congratulated Dr. Yin and spoke highly of her: “In Chinese society, the responsibility and role of vets have transformed from animal illness service providers to animal welfare advocates. I’m so glad to see the transformation that has been taking place in vet training programs since 2009.”

“Dr. Yin is a representative of outstanding young vets. Her inner goodness inspires her diligence. As a previous trainee and now the vice leader of this training project, Dr. Yin has invested a lot of energy into promoting the development of Chinese ‘animal welfarist’ vet. The award Yin received witnessed the growth of Chinese young ‘animal welfarist vets. Much to our delight, her excellence is recognized internationally.”

Information and photos from China.com: http://money.china.com/stock/ztyj/201805/21/519696.html?qq-pf-to=pcqq.c2c.

Translated by Victor Du and edited by Riley @ Animal Dialogue