Motivated by wildlife protection campaigns and Buddha’s teachings, more than 50 million Chinese defied deep-rooted tradition of meat eating and turned vegetarians, making the Communist nation one of the fast emerging countries with vegan population. Although there are no official statistics about China’s vegetarian population, Public Radio International, an independent non-profit multi-media organization, reported in July that China’s vegan population has reached more than 50 million, state-run Xinhua news agency reported today…Full Article: The Times of India Feb 2014

Key point

  • Vegetarianism has had difficulty taking hold in China due in part to the symbolism that chicken and fish represent luck and abundance, respectively

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