Chinese city bans eating cats and dogs

Shenzhen will become the first Chinese city to ban the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat, news wires reported. The new law will come into force on 1 May. The ban comes after the coronavirus outbreak was linked to wildlife meat, prompting Chinese authorities to ban the trade and consumption of wild animals. But Shenzhen went a step further, extending the ban to cats and dogs.

"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 Shenzhen city government said, according to a Reuters report. "This ban also responds to the demand and spirit of human civilisation."

Animal advocacy organisation Humane Society International (HIS) praised the move. According to it, thirty million dogs a year are killed across Asia for meat. "This really could be a watershed moment in efforts to end this brutal trade that kills an estimated 10 million dogs and 4 million cats in China every year," said Dr Peter Li, China policy specialist for HSI.

However, at the same time as this ruling, China approved the use of bear bile to treat coronavirus patients, the BBC reported. Bear bile - a digestive fluid drained from living captive bears - has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine. The active ingredient, ursodeoxycholic acid, is used to dissolve gallstones and treat liver disease. But there is no proof that it is effective against the coronavirus and the process is painful and distressing for the animals

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