Qiu Renzong (c. 1933) is a Chinese bioethicist. He is a senior research fellow emeritus at China's Institute of Philosophy, and chair of the Academic Committee at the Centre for Bioethics at Peking Union Medical College.[1] China Daily writes that he is regarded as the scholar who 30 years ago introduced bioethics to China.[2]

Qiu published a paper in 2002 arguing for the recognition in China of animal rights, and introducing the idea of speciesism. He argued in favour of a gradualist approach to the recognition of rights, rejecting the abolitionist approach as unrealistic. His paper was criticized by Zhao Nanuyan, a professor at Tsinghua University, who wrote that animal rights arguments are foreign ideas and are "anti-humanity."[3]

Qiu was awarded the 2009 UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science.[1]

Selected worksEdit

  • Bioethics: Asian Perspectives: A Quest for Moral Diversity. Springer, 2004.

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ethics prize goes to Chinese scientist", SciDevNet, 12 January 2010.
  2. Qi, Xiao. "A matter of life and death", China Daily, 10 June 2010.
  3. Li, Peter J. "China: Animal rights and animal welfare" in Bekoff, Marc. Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare. Greenwood, 2009, pp. 119–120.

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