Dr. Li received his bachelor of arts degrees in English and foreign service in China. He graduated from Syracuse University with a Master's degree in International Relations. In 2000, he completed his doctoral study at Northern Arizona University with a Ph.D. degree in Comparative Politics. Since 2002, Dr. Li has been teaching at the University of Houston-Downtown. His areas of specialty include China's domestic and foreign policies, China's environmental & wildlife policy, political and social transformation under conditions of economic modernization. He also consults international animal welfare organizations.
Introduction: Animals in contemporary China
1: Animal cruelty in contemporary China: is culture to blame?
2: Human-animal relations in Chinese history
3: China's "civil war" over dogs
4: Wildlife as a resource: the controversy of bear farming
5: Animal agriculture
6: Protection or utilisation: revising the Wildlife Protection Law
7: China's animal protection NGOs
“Peter J. Li is the
world’s leading expert on animal welfare in China, regarded internationally as
the “go-to” person by international animal welfare and media organizations. ... The book’s appeal is
enhanced by its engaging writing, which is fun to read… I highly recommend Animal
Welfare in China to everyone.” Anthrozoös
Gareth Davey Anthrozoös
'Based on decades of firsthand experience and interviews, [the book] seeks to provide an insight into the history of animal welfare in China … full of rich analysis and logical conclusions that counter the narrative that Chinese culture is the reason or even excuse for acts of animal cruelty.'
Kelsey Granger The China Journal
“[The book is] recommended reading for anyone interested in anthrozoology in the context of Chinese society and Chinese history more broadly, and could be considered essential background reading for operational advocates, academic researchers, and international agriculture policy-makers working in the region.”
Michelle Sinclair Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
'It is an absorbing, well referenced and easy-to-read book which gives a thorough account of animal welfare in China and will be a ‘must have’ textbook for scholars, animal protectionists and those interested in social welfare.'
Pei Su Wellbeing International
'Peter is the go-to man for explaining what has happened and is currently happening in the arena of animal welfare in this highly diverse country ... Animal Welfare in China is a comprehensive review of the history of the ways in which nonhuman animals have been treated through the ages and what is currently happening in this highly diverse country. It also debunks misleading simplistic myths about what is happening in China. There are very few people who could write such a unique, timely, authoritative, well-referenced – the bibliography is an encyclopedic goldmine of information – and on-the-ground perspective of a wide range of topics including animal agriculture, bear farming, zoos, and the trade and consumption of exotic wildlife, dog meat, and other products.'
Marc Bekoff Psychology Today
Size: 210 × 148 × 15 mm
Publication: 01 Mar 2021
Series: Animal Politics