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Zhuhai becomes second city in China to announce ban of dog and cat meat

Zhuhai is the second city in China to ban the consumption of dog and cat meat, as campaigners hope it’s the beginning of the end of the animal meat trade at wet markets.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 17/04/2020, 09:00

It follows a similar ban in Shenzhen announced last month.

Animal charity the Humane Society International says it’s not just good news for animal protection, but also for public health. The charity is now hoping that the decision by authorities in Zhuhai and Shenzhen will have a domino effect across the rest of the country.

Tighter rules

Anyone found breaking the new rules will be fined up to 20 times the value of the meat.

Campaigners have also been calling for tighter rules on wet markets to reduce the risk of future pandemics. It’s widely believed that the coronavirus outbreak originated at a wet market in Wuhan where exotic animals are sold.

10 million dogs slaughtered

Around 10 million dogs are killed every year as part of China’s dog meat trade. However, it’s believed that less than 20% of the Chinese population eat dog meat. A 2016 survey suggested that most people in the country believe that dog meat should be completely banned.

But without a national ban, it’s left to individual cities to take matters into their own hands.

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