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Shenzhen becomes first Chinese city to ban sale, consumption of dog and cat meat

The ban also covers exotic animals like snake, frog and turtle meat.

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Last Updated: Apr 02, 2020, 05.30 PM IST
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Many of the dogs and cats that have ended up in meat markets are stolen from people’s backyards or on the streets before they are taken to slaughterhouses and restaurants China.
Shenzhen has become the first Chinese city to ban the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat. The news comes after the coronavirus outbreak was linked to the consumption of wildlife meat. The new law, which will come into force on May 1, extends to the consumption of cats and dogs, and is a welcome move for animal rights activists from across the globe.

Thirty million dogs a year are killed across Asia for meat, says Humane Society International (HSI)."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," the Shenzhen city government was reported saying.

Many of the dogs and cats that have ended up in meat markets are stolen from people’s backyards or on the streets before they are taken to slaughterhouses and restaurants China. While the city of Shenzhen is China’s fifth largest city, the trade of meat is fairly small, people are hoping it will be used as an example and inspire other Chinese cities to follow suit.

The ban includes pet dog and cat meat as well as exotic animals like snake, frog and turtle meat. There are nine types of animal that are suitable for human consumption: pigs, cows, sheep, donkeys, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese and pigeons. People are also permitted to eat aquatic animals according to the law.


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