Shenzhen has become the first Chinese city to ban dog and cat meat, the first city in mainland China to do so.

Animal activists have demanded the Chinese government prohibit the consumption of pets for years, and the new accord is the first of its kind in the country. The law also addresses the wildlife trade.

One charity group hailed the passage as a ‘historic decision’ which marked ‘a watershed moment’ in animal protection in China.

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The decision was made in connection with the new coronavirus, which broke out in China. The source of the virus is considered to be wildlife meat. The Chinese authorities have already banned wildlife trade and eating.

The city of Shenzhen has extended the ban to include dogs and cats. The ban will take effect on May 1st.

Humane Society International reports that 30 million dogs are killed every year for meat in Asia.

The officials have described the regulation as the ‘universal civilization requirement for a modern society’.

They said they had considered the city’s practical situation before including the extra animal species, which are not wildlife. The aim is to ‘further satisfy the daily needs of the people’.

According to the document, nine types of livestock are suitable for people to eat. They are pigs, cows, sheep, donkeys, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese and pigeons. Residents are also allowed to dine on aquatic animals permitted by law.

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Commenting on the necessity for the government to create ‘a white list’, one spokesperson previously said the authority wanted to make it easier for people to know what can be eaten.

‘There are so many animal species in nature. In our country alone, there are more than 2,000 kinds of protected wild animal species.

‘If the local authority is to produce a list of the wild animals that cannot be eaten, it will be too lengthy and cannot answer the question exactly what animals can be eaten,’ the official said.

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