In April, China reclassified dogs as pets and not livestock, which was great news for the animal rights activists campaigning to end the consumption of dog and cat meat around the world. Shortly after, Shenzhen became the first city in China to ban dog and cat meat. One month later, Zhuhai followed. In light of the coronavirus outbreak, attitudes toward the consumption of many animals is changing. Wuhan, the city where coronavirus is believed to have originated banned the consumption of wild animals for five years and two provinces in China are offering farmers buy-outs to grow plants instead of breeding animals.
China seems so close to finally banning dog meat for good. While certainly not the only country where dog and cat meat consumption takes place, it’s one of the most notorious, largely in part because of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival.
It is estimated that a staggering 10 million dogs are killed for their meat or fur in China every year. The Ministry of Agriculture’s statement also said that dogs are now “companion animals.” But the law to officially ban dog and cat meat nationwide has not been passed, hence why cities are passing city-wide bans.
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