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Chinese City Considers Ban On Eating Cats And Dogs

by | February 27, 2020

Officials in the Chinese city of Shenzhen are considering a proposal to end the consumption of cats and dogs amid the coronavirus outbreak.

If approved, the new legislation would bring an end to the cat and dog meat trade in the city, and would extend to frogs and turtles.

Shenzhen is home to approximately 13 million people — who are now being consulted on the proposed changes. Lawmakers have described the ban as the “universal civilization requirement of a modern society.”

Earlier this week, China approved a nationwide permanent ban on eating wildlife, as well as toughening up sanctions on those who flout existing laws regarding the illegal trade of wild animals.

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Around 10 million dogs are eaten every year in China (Ksenia Raykova/Shutterstock.com)

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Campaigners against the dog meat trade have been working for a number of years to bring an end to the industry, and have voiced their support for the ban.

“This would be very significant and could even have a domino effect with other cities following,” said Peter Li, China policy specialist at Humane Society International.

“Immense Cruelty”

“Although World Health Organization advice is clear that dogs and cats pose no known coronavirus threat whatsoever, it’s no surprise that attention is turning to this trade at this time,” Li added.

“As well as causing immense cruelty to our companion animals, the dog meat trade undoubtedly poses a huge human health risk for other diseases such as rabies.”

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