Asia for Animals presents a unique opportunity to network, share experience and learn from the world's experts in animal protection and human behavior change. Across Asia, there are people making a real difference for animals. The conference gives these people a platform to get their voice heard and to access vital support.

Keynote Speakers

Wolf Gordon Clifton

Wolf Gordon Clifton is the executive director of Animal People, Inc. Shortly after joining the organization in 2015, he spearheaded the creation and launch of its current flagship project, the Animal People Forum, an open-source online magazine for animal protection activists worldwide. Wolf believes that changing cultural attitudes toward animals is essential for changing how animals are treated in the long term. He is particularly interested in religion, how traditional beliefs and practices impact animals, and how to foster reform within religious traditions to promote more animal-friendly interpretations. He also regularly speaks and writes on the role of science, education, and dietary change in reducing cruelty and promoting compassion toward animals. Wolf holds an M.A. in Museum Studies and Astrobiology (University of Washington 2015), and a B.A. in Religious Studies (Vanderbilt University 2013).
Tianyi Deng
Deputy Director, Urban Animal Management Office, Dalian Public Security Office

Mr. Deng has been working in dog management for 17 years since 2002. He, with his team, has issued registration for 198000 individuals who registered their dogs, handled 46000 cases of complaints and report, investigated 33000 cases of activities involving illegal keeping of dogs and other activities, involved in an investment project of 42 million yuan for the building the country's biggest animal shelter in the country. The Dalian Police Shelter is now operating and can house 1500 dogs. Under his leadership and effective management, most of the 230000 pet dogs in Dalian are registered and vaccinated.
Pamela Frasch
Dean of the Animal Law Program, the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School

In addition to teaching survey and advanced animal law courses for over 20 years, Pamela is co-author of Animal Law, Cases and Materials (Carolina Academic Press, 6th Edition forthcoming 2019), Animal Law in a Nutshell (Thomson West, 2nd Edition 2016) and numerous articles. Starting in spring 2020, she will teach a survey course on Food Law at Lewis & Clark.

Previously, Pamela served as general counsel for the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), a national non-profit animal protection law organization that seeks to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. In 1996, Pamela created the ALDF Criminal Justice Program (CJP) which has since assisted law enforcement and animal advocates in investigating and prosecuting thousands of animal abuse and neglect cases nationwide. As general counsel, she was responsible for all three of the organization's substantive programs, including the litigation, education, and criminal justice divisions.

Pamela is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on issues of animal law both in the US, and abroad, and is the principal author of Oregon's first felony anti-cruelty law. She has been recognized by the Humane Society of the United States and the Oregon Humane Society for her contributions. She is also the inaugural recipient of the American Association of Law School's Award: "Excellence in Animal Law: Scholarship-Teaching-Service."

Pamela is a member of the California and Oregon State Bars and is admitted to practice in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Grace Ge Gabriel
Asia Regional Director—International Fund for Animal Welfare

'In order to protect species, we have to change people's behaviour at every link on the trade chain'.

Grace began her career in the media. After documenting the rescue of nine Asiatic black bears from years of torture on bear bile farms, she quit her job in television, return to her native China and commit herself to protecting wildlife. Today she is one of Asia's leading voices on animal protection, and has been the driving force behind the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in China for over two decades.

Grace has spearheaded numerous campaigns to reduce the commercial exploitation of wildlife, improve legal protection for animals and change consumer behaviour. From establishing China's first raptor rescue centre, to initiating a global campaign to protect an endemic species on the Qinghai Tibet plateau, the Tibetan antelope; from engaging communities to protect the habitat of China's last population of Asian elephants, to assisting the development of the country's first animal welfare law, Grace has a long history of achievements in protecting vulnerable animals and wildlife.

As IFAW's Regional Director for Asia, Grace is a respected voice in the fight to reduce the devastating impact of the wildlife trade. She has testified before the European Union Commission on protecting wild tigers, the UK Parliament Environmental Audit Committee on escalating global wildlife crime and the INTERPOL Wildlife Crime Working Group on controlling global online trade in wildlife and wildlife products. Her holistic and precautionary approach of working closely with practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to encourage the use of plant-based alternatives has earned her the respect of legitimate TCM practitioners in China and internationally.

Recognising that market demand for ivory in Asia fuels the slaughtering of hundreds of thousands of African elephants, Grace took on a massive social behaviour change campaign to raise consumer awareness, advocate stronger policies and mobilize society to stigmatize ivory consumption. IFAW's Mom I Have Teeth initiative sensitizing Chinese to the relationship between ivory trade and elephant killing, reached hundreds of millions of people. In four years, the campaign had penetrated 75% of urban China, reducing more than half the propensity to buy ivory from the most likely consumer group.

China's domestic ban on ivory trade was a defining moment in her career. She knows that awareness raising campaigns can erase ignorance but cannot stop greed. The only way to stop criminals who profit from the grey markets which provide laundering opportunities, create enforcement challenges and confuse consumers is by making ivory trade illegal in all circumstances.

'Criminalizing ivory trade combined with vigorous enforcement and meaningful penalties stigmatizes ivory consumption, support demand reduction efforts as well. Sustained behaviour change can only be achieved when ivory possession becomes socially unacceptable'.

Grace has a Bachelor degree from China Communication University and a Master's degree from the University of Utah. She is a founding member of the International Tiger Coalition. As an instrumental champion for wildlife protection, Grace has been featured in a number of books including 'Wildlife Heroes: 40 Leading Conservationists and the Animals They are Committed to Saving', 'Blood of the Tiger: A Story of Conspiracy, Greed, and the Battle to Save a Magnificent Species' and 'Saving Wild: Inspiration from 50 Leading Conservationists'. Her blogs and articles on wildlife protection have been published in National Geographic, UN Chronicle, and other magazines and journals. She has been awarded for her pioneering campaigns in China aimed at changing behaviour for the conservation of wildlife.
Femke den Haas
Co Founder Indonesian Wildlife rescue Network (2002)
Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) (2008)
Founder Stichting JAAN (2004)

Femke den Haas was born in Yaoendè, Cameroon on 08 09 1977 and raised in The Hague, Holland. At eight years old she stopped eating meat and soon after animal products and since young age she was an active animal rights campaigner and volunteered at various shelters for both domestic and wild animals, in theetherlands, Greece and Venezuela. In 1996 she had the opportunity to volunteer at the then newly founded orangutan rehabilitation Center in East Kalimantan. She studied to become a veterinary paramedic in the Netherlands and since worked at a Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Guinea, west Africa before she returned to Indonesia permanently in 2002 to help found the Indonesian Wildlife Center Network.

Few years later she co-founded the Jakarta Animal Aid Network, striving to improve the welfare of all animals in Indonesia and pushing for better law enforcement and regulations to protect wildlife.

Femke works with and is supported by Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project, as Indonesia has one of the worlds most cruel activities happening with dolphins.

Paul Littlefair

Paul Littlefair joined the RSPCA in 1998. He is a graduate in Chinese, an Honorary Fellow of the College of Teaching and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. RSPCA International works in Europe, Africa and Asia with governments, academic institutions, NGOs etc, to promote animal welfare legislation, education and the welfare of companion, farm, laboratory and wild animals.

In 2007 Paul collaborated with leading Chinese policy advisers and academics to draft a Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of the PRC. Although the law remains a draft, the text has entered the public domain, stimulating discussion within China, and galvanising broad support for animal protection law.

Meanwhile other channels exist both to improve animal welfare, and to foster conditions favourable for the eventual passage of legislation. The draft created language around animal abuse and welfare, influencing the development of interim measures before full legal protection can be achieved. These include local dog management regulations which encourage responsible ownership and prohibit abandonment, veterinary tools such as animal welfare evaluation guidelines and welfare standards for farm and laboratory animals. Chinese law academics are also exploring the status of animals in Civil Law arguing that animals are not merely 'things'.

Humane education initiatives promoting such values as responsibility, respect, kindness and empathy are shaping a new generation of young citizens who view animals differently, and who ultimately will strongly support the idea of legal protection.

March 2019

Zhiping Liang
Senior Researcher of Arts and Humanities, China Arts Research Institute

Mr. Liang's research areas include history of law, legal culture, law and society, and issues related to China's animal protection. Liang has published In Search of Harmony in the Order of Nature: A Study of China's Traditional Culture of Law, A Debate on Laws, A Cultural Interpretation of Law, The Law on Customs and Rituals of the Qing Dynasty, Ethics and Law: The Cultural Conflict in response to the Ascendance of Rule of Law, Stories behind Laws, A Grandview of the History of Law, and  What Is the Mission of Law.
Ping Mang
Professor, College of Chinese Culture, Beijing

Professor Mang is one of the most prolific writers, activists, and advocates of animal protection and animal protection legislation in the country. She is chief editor of the Collection of Animal Protection Essays. She published On Green Life and co-authored The World of the Interrelated Self and Other: Chinese Beliefs, Lives and Views of Animals. In response to the increase of animal welfare problems in the ever increasing number of Chinese zoos and aquariums, Professor Mang founded the 'China Zoo Watch'. In the last one decade and half, the 'China Zoo Watch' has produced zoo animal welfare reports, investigated abusive cases, and joined efforts to improve the well-being of captive wildlife animals in the country. Professor Mang was one of the first Chinese academics to question the legality and adverse social impact of bear farming, the business efforts to introduce Spanish bull-fighting into China, animal performance in zoos, and most other animal exploitation practices. She provided expertise and assistance to members of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference on a number of legislative proposals related to wildlife, wildlife trade, and companion animal protection.
Kelly O'Meara

Kelly O'Meara is Vice President of HSI's Companion Animal and Engagement department. She joined Humane Society International in 1999. She has oversight of companion animal related international projects, including HSI's anti-dog meat and dog and cat welfare campaigns. She leads the HSI anti-dog meat campaign and its focus and strategy in ending the trade in four Asian countries. She formulates humane and effective programs to address street dog and cat population management issues throughout the globe.

Ms. O'Meara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resource studies and wildlife conservation from the University of Massachusetts. She has experience as a veterinary technician and has worked in local humane society animal shelters in the United States. She holds certificates from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in Large Animal Euthanasia and from Bristol University, England, for Animal Welfare Officer Training. She has co-authored various HSI reports and HSUS publications, including Dogs on Abaco Island, the Bahamas: A Case Study and State of the Animals.
Louis Ng

Louis Ng is a Singapore Member of Parliament. He has been serving as a People's Action Party MP for Nee Soon GRC since 2015. 

He is the Chairman of the Nee Soon Town Council, Grassroots Adviser for Nee Soon East Constituency and is a member of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Home Affairs and Law, Environment and Water Resources, and National Development. He is also a member of the Public Petitions Committee of the 13th Parliament of Singapore.

Louis is the Founder and Chief Executive of ACRES, a Singapore based charity advocating for an end to animal cruelty in Asia.

Louis received his Bachelor of Science in biology from the National University of Singapore and his Masters of Science in Primate Conservation from the Oxford Brookes University.

In 2014, Louis was presented with the Advocate of the Year award in the inaugural Singapore Advocacy Awards. In 2011, Louis received the inaugural Yahoo! Singapore 9 award in 2011 which recognises nine Singaporeans who really made a difference in the past year. In 2007, Louis was presented with The Outstanding Young Persons of Singapore award. In 2002, Louis received the HSBC (Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited) / NYAA (National Youth Achievement Award) Youth Environmental Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the field of environmental protection and nature conservation in Singapore.
Xiaona Qin

Founder and Honorary Director of Beijing Capital Animal Welfare Association (CAWA); Senior reporter of Beijing TV, member of China TV Artist Association, and board member of China Medical Foundation.

In the early 1990s, Mm. Qin created Animal Rescue Team of Friends of Nature before she founded CAWA and assumed leadership position of the organization. She has worked hard in search of a scientific and effective approach to promote animal protection, ecological civilization and animal welfare in China. Using her personal connections and resources, Mm. Qin has worked at the forefront to confront animal abusers and to build a united front for protecting animals in collaboration with people from different professions and backgrounds. The aim was to enlist more people in animal protection work and to encourage policy change. Under her leadership, CAWA has had the opportunity to deal with many major challenges in animal protection work and has seen positive results over the years.

Under Mm. Qin's leadership, CAWA was involved in a city wide survey of the conditions of the stray cats. It established a pilot project to care for stray cats inside the compound of the Xiaotangshan Hospital in Beijing. A report was produced based on the pilot project and submitted to the city government. The report provided important data to Beijing municipal government in its decision to finance a city-wide "TNR" project in an effort to take care of the stray cat issue scientifically.

CAWA never hides its position on the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Since its inception in 2010, CAWA has stood firm and called on the government to end this controversial "festival." CAWA's views on the "Festival" and the dog meat trade are known and recognized by the government.

Mm. Qin was the leader of the nation-wide campaign against Canada's attempt to market cruel seal meat to China. Besides, she participated in efforts to defeat Australia's attempt to sell kangaroo meat to China, the building of a Spanish bull-fighting stadium in Beijing, the opening of Asia's biggest hunting ground in Huairou, and America's attempt to introduce rodeo to China.

In 2016, CAWA provided a forum for scholars and experts to comment on the draft revision to the Wildlife Protection Law.
Jill Robinson

Jill moved to Hong Kong in 1985 and soon joined the International Fund for Animal Welfare as their Asia Representative, running a number of animal protection programmes throughout Asia.

In 1998, Jill founded Animals Asia Foundation with the mission of further improving animal welfare and providing sanctuary for bears rescued from the illegal bear bile farms. With the support of local governments, she and her team established two bear rescue centres – one in Chengdu, China and one in Hanoi, Vietnam – to provide rehabilitation and a life-long care for over 600 victims of the bile industry.

Jill believes every "one life", animal or human, is precious and worthy of respect. With this concept in mind, her philosophy is to work with local officials and the community to bring about positive and lasting change for animals. Jill pioneered animal therapy in Asia in 1991 when she created the Dr Dog programme, which today provides the healing power of a dog's unconditional love to thousands of grateful recipients.

Jill's contribution to animal welfare has been recognised with a number of awards. In 1995, she won the "Reader's Digest" Hero for Today award. In July, 1998, she was made an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II of England. In 2010, she was one of 12 people given the "You Bring Charm to China" award at a ceremony by Phoenix Satellite Television and Tian Jin TV. In 2010, both Animals Asia's China and Vietnam rescue centres were awarded the Carole Noon Award for Sanctuary Excellence and in 2014, they were accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries – the only sanctuaries in China and Vietnam to have received this honour.

As a pioneer in the concept of animal welfare in Asia, Jill practices what she preaches. Described as a "gentle whirlwind" she leads by example of caring with empathy and inspiring others to live a kinder life too.
Sun Jiang

Director and professor, Northwest China University of Law and Politics Animal Protection Research Center (APRC). Chief editor, Information of Society and Collective Governance Reference. Visiting professor of East China University of Law and Politics and Deng Xiaoping Urban-Rural Development College. Visiting scholar of University of Houston (2013-2014). Co-author of China's first animal protection college textbook, Introduction to Animal Protection Law (2nd prize winner of excellent college text books of Shanxi Province).

In 2008, Professor Sun established APRC and launched a nationwide college students animal protection alliance. In 2010, financed by the Animals Guardians, Professor organized the 3rd college debate on animal protection issues drawing the participation of some 10,000 students from 38 colleges.

In 2009-2010 and 2015-2016, Professor participated in the drafting of the Animal Protection Law of the People's Republic of China and offered comments on the revised drafts of the Wildlife Protection Law. In 2014, in collaboration with Professor Peter Li of University of Houston, Professor Sun organized the 1st U.S.-China Animal Law Forum held on the University downtown campus.

In 2015, Professor Sun assisted the 2nd U.S.-China Animal Law Forum in Washington D.C.

Professor supervised several national and provincial research projects. His research work was recognized by the Ministry of Justice, China Law Society, and Shanxi Social Science Academy. He authored and co-authored over 10 articles, books and textbooks. He wrote for the People's Daily, Guangmin Daily, Journal of Law, Contemporary Law Studies. A number of his publications have been collected as reference materials in full by the People's University or have been presented in Xinhua Digest in shortened versions.
Deming Sun
D.V.M, M.S, Professor and Director

Dr Sun is now the Director of Research Center on Laboratory Animal Resources and Comparative Medicine, National Research Institute for Health and Family Planning/WHO Collaborating Center for Research in Human Reproduction; A Member of Ethics and Animal Welfare Committee of International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS); Chairman of Executive Committee of Sino-British ( First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth) International Seminar on Laboratory Animal Welfare and Ethics 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017; Chairman of Laboratory Animal Welfare and Ethics Committee of Chinese Association for Laboratory Animal Science (LAWEC of CALAS); Chairman of Specialized Committee of Regulations and Standards, Beijing Laboratory Animals Experts Committee; Secretary General of Beijing Association on Laboratory Animal Care; Graduate Advisor of Peking Union Medical College;

Professor Sun has authored 4 patents and over 90 scientific publications, book chapters and professional presentations. He is nationally recognized as an expert in scientific and policy publication, law, regulation, standard, laboratory animal welfare and ethics and comparative reproductive medical science. He was responsible for developing over 20 national and local standards. His achievements were recognized by the Honor and Award as the State Council Expert in China.

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Bernie Unti

"Setting the Stage: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Legal Protection of Animals"

In the western world, the early nineteenth century saw the first sustained legal and legislative expressions of concern for animals emerge. An age of biopolitics had begun, one characterized by political advocacy for the benefit of non-human life, and one in which we all -- north, south, east and west -- continue to live today. This presentation examines the characteristic features of this biopolitical era, with a special emphasis on the achievement of legal protection for animals in the United States. The keynote will focus on the social and cultural contexts, mobilization of resources, and other factors that helped to lay the groundwork for animal protection laws, and trace the process and achievement of such laws, with an emphasis on several paradigmatic examples from the American experience.

Bernard Unti is Senior Policy Adviser at the Humane Society of the United States, and has represented the HSUS and Humane Society International in a range of domestic and global campaigns and initiatives. He is the author of Protecting All Animals: A Fifty-Year History of The Humane Society of the United States (2004) and other works on animal protection as an historical and contemporary concern. His interests include the evolution of human attitudes toward animals; the history and sociology of the animal protection movement; the development of pet keeping, animal sheltering, and the kindness-to-animals ethic; the humane education of children;

and the comparative study of animal protection worldwide. Unti has a Ph.D. in U.S. History from American University.
Amanda Whitfort

Associate Professor Amanda Whitfort, BA (Hons), LLM, MSc. teaches Criminal Litigation and Animal Law at the University of Hong Kong's Law Faculty. She publishes and presents her research internationally on both Criminal and Animal Law and is the leading authority on Animal Law in Hong Kong. Her research and knowledge exchange in animal related laws have resulted in significant legislative and policy changes for the Territory. Based on her research the government passed laws to outlaw puppy mills and introduced a policy supporting trap neuter return programmes for feral dog populations. Her current research project focuses on wildlife trafficking in Asia. Professor Whitfort was called to the Hong Kong Bar in 2006.
Hongmei Yu

Hongmei Yu, founder of Vshine Animal Protection Association in Dalian, executive vice chairman of Capital Animal Welfare Association, visiting professor of MBA and CEO programs of Beijing University, Qinghua University, Zhejiang University, Fudan University, Sun Yatsen University in Guangzhou and others.

In 2013, Hongmei Yu founded Vshine Animal Protection Association in Dalian.
In 2017, Hongmei Yu was elected Deputy Director of Capital Animal Welfare Association.
Jinfeng Zhou

Secretary-General of China Foundation for Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development

Members of the CPPCC National Committee
Vice President of China Vocational Education Society
Vice-Chairman of the World Organisation for Green Design
WCEL Member, IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law
Executive Board of the Club of Rome


11th Asia for Animals Symposium

Briefing #1
Proposed Topics of Plenary Sessions and Panels
April 20th, 2019

The 11th Asia for Animals Symposium to be held in Dalian, China from 18th to 20th October 2019 will have the following plenary sessions and panel proposals:

Plenary Sessions:

Morning, October 18th:
Importance and Urgency of Animal Protection and Welfare Legislation
Afternoon, October 18th:
Using the Existing Laws Creatively for Animal Protection
Morning, October 18th:
Legal Protection of Animals: Success Stories and Lessons Learned

Topics of Sub-Forums:

Striving for Ecological and Environmental Justice – Wildlife Protection
A Matter of Social Harmony and Stability - Companion Animal Protection
Research and Ethics - Laboratory and Captive Animal Welfare
Food Safety and Public Health – Farm Animal Protection
Culture and Legal Protection of Animals
Animal Law Education: Shaping the Future

Stay tuned for our next briefing on the keynote speakers.

1) The above program may be adjusted by the abstract delivered by the keynote speakers. The detail calendar will be uploaded soon.
2) If any special requirements on the speech date, please contact the coordinator in advance.

Field Trips

Dalian Retention Center For Dogs
WHEN 21th October 2019
Morning trip: Pick up at 8am, return at 1pm OR
Afternoon trip: Pick up at 12pm, return at 5pm
COST 10 USD per person
WHAT'S INCLUDEDAll transport, refreshments and a vegan lunch will be provided
Dalian Retention Center for Dogs is located at No.272 Yaojia Road. There are 213 villa kennels with an open yard, heating and water supply. And each of kennels can accommodate 3 to 5 small dogs or a large dog or fierce dog.
There are professional veterinarians and veterinary rooms in the center. Every time a new dog enters the center, it must be examined and treated by a veterinarian. And the dog needs kept in quarantine for some time before enter the center formally.
The feed processing and storage rooms are used to process and store the food and plates for dogs. The rooms are equipped with high-power water heater and specialized feed processing appliances to insure the dogs there are well-fed.
At present, more than 500 dogs are in this center, including more than 200 large and fierce dogs.

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