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China looks to the future as Shenzhen bans dog and cat meat

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It could be one of the biggest cultural transformations China has ever experienced: the ban on the sale of wild animals for consumption, and Shenzhen is leading the way.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 03/04/2020, 19:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:31


In February the Chinese government announced the ban on the sale of wild animals for the purposes of consumption. That, in response to the new and deadly strain of Coronavirus thought to have passed from animal to human in one of Wuhan's many street markets.


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The markets previously sold all manner of wild animals to be eaten by residents, including snakes, and the endangered pangolin – high on the list of suspected vectors of transmission.

Dogs and cats

Yesterday Reuters reported an additional move by governors of the southern city of Shenzhen to ban the sale of dog and cat meat from May 1st.

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Provincial and city governments across the country have begun to enforce the principal Diktat announced in February, but Shenzhen has taken the lead in its extension of the ban to animals more familiar to us as pets.


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An official statement reported by Reuters read, “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.

“This ban also responds to the demand and spirit of human civilization.”