China outcry over laboratory dogs shows changing attitudes to animals

Dogs are seen on the roof of a medical school after photos of these dogs caused a public outrage on the Internet, in Xi'anBy Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING (Reuters) – Public outrage in China over photographs of laboratory dogs lying muzzled and abandoned on the roof of a medical school building spotlights changing attitudes to animal rights, animal welfare groups say. The pictures and video, taken by animal rights activists in the central city of Xi'an, went viral on social media platforms this week, sparking widespread revulsion at the treatment of the animals. In a statement, the Xi'an Medical University said an internal inquiry determined that personnel acted improperly in dealing with the animals' bodies, and promised to step up oversight and temporarily suspend animal testing.

December 9, 2015 4:52 pm

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