Chinese city may ban dog meat amid Coronavirus epidemic
A city at the height of the Coronavirus has a new plan to slow the disease, which may have started in a meat market. The new legislation is good news for animal lovers.
Published on the 28/02/2020, 22:00
An unpalatable delicacy
We know that diets vary from country to country. For instance, lots of Brits would turn their noses up at snails but it's classed as delicacy in many places around the world. Similarly, few people outside of the UK would tuck into a haggis.
Eating dog meat though is reviled in all but a few countries globally and as the Coronavirus spreads, the illness may have a small and unexpected silver lining: the banning of dog meat.
A ban on unusual animal meat
The Chinese city of Shenzhen has drafted legislation to make the consumption of dog meat illegal in a bid to slow the spread of the virus. The ban would also extend to frogs, turtles and snake meat.
It is thought that many viruses such as the flu and the Coronavirus originated in animals and were passed on to humans. The deadly COVID-19 virus (as it's formally named) was traced back to a wildlife market in the city of Wuhan.
A global epidemic
To date, the illness has had over 78,000 confirmed cases and has spread to over 29 countries and every continent with the exception of Antarctica.
For now, there's no reason to panic if you live in the UK but small precautions such as using an alcohol hand rub in public and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing could go some small way to keep people safe.