- A city in China has passed a law to prohibit the consumption of cats and dogs after the COVID-19 outbreak
- Shenzhen will be the first city that has banned the eating of wild animals and those that serve as pets
- The new law protecting the dogs and cats will be enforced starting May 1, 2020, in Shenzhen
- In February, China has banned the trade and consumption of wild animals when the COVID-19 was starting to spread globally
- Scientists suspected that the coronavirus came from animals and was passed to humans
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A city in southeastern China becomes the first city in the mainland to ban eating of dogs and cats after the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
KAMI learned that the city of Shenzhen will prohibit the consumption of state-protected wild animals, as well as the animals raised as pets like cats and dogs.
In a report by the ABS-CBN News, the ban came after the COVID-19 spread throughout the world. Scientists said that it is possible that the coronavirus came from animals, noting that the first recorded case was in Wuhan, where animals like bats, civets, and snakes were being sold for consumption.
"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.
"This ban also responds to the demand and spirit of human civilization,” it added.
As reported by the BBC, the new law will be enforced on May 1, 2020. Only pig, cattle, sheep, donkey, rabbit, chicken, duck, goose, pigeon, quail, and aquatic animals are good for consumption.
"Shenzhen is the first city in the world to take the lessons learned from this pandemic seriously and make the changes needed to avoid another pandemic," said Teresa M. Telecky, the vice president of the wildlife department for Humane Society International (HSI).
According to the Humane Society International, about 30 million dogs are being killed a year for consumption.
According to a report by CNN, in February, China passed a law to ban the consumption of wild animals amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
As of April 3, there were 1 million COVID-19 cases recorded across the globe. Meanwhile, more than 500,000 patients have died due to coronavirus.
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