China drafts new rules on animal slaughter

China is drafting new standards on animal slaughter to make the practice more humane, state media reported on Tuesday.

The central China province of Henan has already adopted the measures, Xinhua news agency said, which include stunning the animals before killing them, and herding pigs with plastic prods instead of electric ones.

"Since the quality of meat from China has drawn international attention, the Chinese government has conducted special treatment on this issue," the report quoted an official from the Administrative Office of Livestock Slaughtering as saying.

China has been criticised by animal welfare groups for its treatment of animals, including bears farmed for their bile and dogs for their meat.

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