Shenzhen Becomes First Chinese City To Ban Dog & Cat Meat
The city of Shenzhen in China’s Guangdong province has become the first in the country to ban the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat.
It follows the coronavirus outbreak that was linked to a seafood market in Wuhan that sold wild animals, which prompted national authorities to permanently ban the wildlife trade.
Shenzhen will be enacting the ban on dog and cat meat on top of implementing the nationwide prohibition on the trade and consumption of wildlife.
Shenzhen authorities have recently announced that they will be banning the sale and consumption of cats and dogs for food from May 1 onwards, a law that will apply only to the city, which is a special economic zone of China.
The new rule, under the Shenzhen Special Economic Region Regulation on a Comprehensive Ban on the Consumption of Wild Animals, follows China’s nationwide permanent shutdown of the US$74 billion wildlife industry in late February in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
According to animal welfare organisation Humane Society International (HSI), 30 million dogs are killed across Asia for consumption every year. Eating dog and cat meat is not widely practiced in China, but it is common in some such as Yulin and Guilin, both in the Southern parts of the country.
In their announcement, the Shenzhen city government said: "Dogs and cats as pets have established a much closer relationship with humans than all other animals, and banning the consumption of dogs and cats and other pets is a common practice in developed countries and in Hong Kong and Taiwan."
"This really could be a watershed moment in efforts to end this brutal trade that kills an estimated 10 million dogs and 4 million cats in China every year," said Dr Peter Li, China policy specialist for HSI.
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