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Global Backlash Forces Chinese City to Ban the Eating of Cats and Dogs


The eating of cats and dogs was officially claimed to be banned in the Chinese city of Shenzhen on Wednesday as part of a wider clampdown on the wildlife trade since the Wuhan coronavirus spread into a global pandemic.

It comes after the coronavirus outbreak was linked to wildlife meat, prompting Chinese authorities to ban the trade and consumption of wild animals. 

The new law will come into force on 1 May.

Local government authorities said the end of the practice, long reviled outside China, has been taken in response to “the demand and spirit of human civilization.”

“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,” the city government said in an order, Reuters reports.

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

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