Representative Zhao Wanping
BEIJING – May 12, 2022 – (Newswire.com)
Genlin, Founder of World Dog Alliance (WDA), applauds the recent publication of “Curriculum Standard for Labor Education in Compulsory Education” by the Ministry of Education of China, which marks a turning point in the protection and education of animals in China.
The program standard specifies that students must engage in voluntary work for social organizations, such as animal shelters. This educational policy will provide opportunities for children to interact with animals, fostering a deeper appreciation for their lives and well-being. It is the first time since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 that animal welfare has been incorporated into the curriculum, and the policy is heralded as a historic achievement.
Zhao Wanping, vice president of the Anhui Academy of Agricultural Sciences, is a member of the National People’s Congress of China. He is also one of the honorary ambassadors of Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) along with Mr. Stanley Johnson, the father of the British Prime Minister. In March 2022, Representative Zhao introduced a bill to incorporate animal welfare into primary and secondary school textbooks. The bill was implemented by the Ministry of Education in just two months, demonstrating the importance of its proposal for the government.
“The relationship between humans and animals is an important foundation for a harmonious society. It is essential that young people are nurtured by emotional and life education, and that they develop awareness and the concept of animal care and respect for life, not only to love and protect animals, but also to respect life, love life and revere life. said Rep. Zhao.
Representative Zhao hailed the ministry’s decision as a big step forward. Although the new policy only includes animal welfare as part of workplace education, rather than the entire compulsory education curriculum, it shows that the Chinese government, particularly the Ministry of Education, recognizes the benefits of teaching children the importance of treating animals with kindness and respect. for all living beings; these values could have a profound impact on a person’s mental health and behavior. As such, it is an extremely meaningful experience for students to engage in volunteer work for animal shelters.
In May 2018, the World Dog Alliance (WDA) met Representative Zhao at the 3rd World Animal Rights Conference at the University of Hong Kong and was impressed with his work for farm animal welfare in China. During the conversation, the WDA informed Representative Zhao of the cruelty and crimes committed by China’s dog and cat meat industry and urged him to advocate for pet welfare as well. Rep. Zhao championed the cause by introducing a bill to the 2019 National People’s Congress to establish a pet protection and management law to advance China’s efforts to protect cats, dogs and other pets. In China’s Congress, animal welfare advocates and the general public greeted the news with cheers and applause, calling it the “savior of furry children.”
Genlin’s goal is to make animal welfare a compulsory subject for all students in China. Genlin looks forward to achieving the incorporation of “animal welfare” into the Constitution in the near future, by adding the word “animal” to the existing phrase “a community with a shared future for mankind” in the Chinese Constitution and making it an integral part of the country’s development. This path is long and winding, but it is filled with light and hope.
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World Dog Alliance Applauds Zhao Wanping, ‘Savior of Furry Children’, for Introducing Bill to Include Animal Welfare in Chinese School Textbooks