As part of a public relations stunt to clean up China’s image in the world, the city of Shenzhen has become the first in the country to ban the sale and consumption of popular dog and cat meat:
It comes after the coronavirus outbreak was linked to wildlife meat, prompting Chinese authorities to ban the trade and consumption of wild animals.
Shenzhen went a step further, extending the ban to dogs and cats. The new law will come into force on 1 May.
Thirty million dogs a year are killed across Asia for meat, says Humane Society International (HSI).
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