China to ban eating cats and dogs
Published: 02:53 PM, 3 April 2020
Tthe new law will come into force on 1 May in the Chinese city of Shenzhe
The coronavirus, that first reported in China late last year, so far claimed lives of over 53,000 people in the world. Besides, a total of 1,016,330 people have been diagnosed with the virus worldwide.
Among the dead, over 3000 have died from the virus in China alone, with 81,589 confirmed cases.
Scientists and researchers believed that the coronavirus outbreak was linked to wildlife meat, that prompting Chinese authorities to ban the trade and consumption of wild animals.
Now, the Chinese government has decided to impose a ban on selling and eating of dog and cat meat. British media BBC reported that the new law will come into force on 1 May in the Chinese city of Shenzhen.
Thirty million dogs a year are killed across Asia for meat, says Humane Society International (HSI). Animal advocacy organisation HSI praised the move.
In February, Chinese authorities banned the trade and consumption of wild animals.
The move came after it emerged that a market in Wuhan selling wild animals and wildlife meat could have been the starting point for the outbreak of the new coronavirus, providing the means for the virus to travel from animals to humans.
News of this led the Chinese government to crack down strongly on the trade and on the markets that sold such products.
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