The initial steps leading to this book were made at a conference, ‘Animals in Asian Society’, held at the University of Manchester in the winter of 2013. Funding was provided by the BICC (British Inter-University China Centre, UK), the Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS) and the University of Manchester, School for Languages, Arts and Cultures. The editorial support of Helen Rana, and Gina Grzimek was invaluable. We appreciate the helpful discussions by David Bello, Daniel Burton-Rose, Todd W. Foley, Hajo Fröhlich, Paul Hansen, Tamar Novick, Lisa Onaga, Rebecca Wong and Liz Chee Pui Yee. We are grateful to those contributors who joined the project and wrote chapters at a later stage as well as to two anonymous reviewers for their comments on the manuscript.