It took a global pandemic, but China has finally begun to outlaw the practice of consuming cat and dog meat. The changes started with the city of Shenzhen at the beginning of April. Local authorities added new restrictions to the already-existing ban on consuming wild animals.
According to statistics from animal rights activists around 30 million dogs are slaughtered across Asia every year. Eating hounds and felines is not that popular in China in particular, but Shenzhen decided to not take any chances.
The mentioned wildlife meat ban was initially set due to the theories linking it to the COVID-19 epidemic.
The new Shenzen restrictions come into effect on May 1st, reports BBC. Whether the rest of the cats-and-dogs consuming communities follow this example, only time will tell.