It seems that China has learned its lesson from the emergence of Novel Coronavirus, or COVID19, as they start to ban the unsanitary consumption of cat and dog meat in Shenzen, China to which they call “Shenzhen Special Economic Region Regulation on a Comprehensive Ban on the Consumption of Wild Animals”.
This city is the first one in the country to start the ban and it is a big step against the culture surrounding the unregulated black market of consuming thousands of varying wildlife, as well as a big step for civil humanity and compassion for nature’s blessing in their nation.
“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. This ban also responds to the demand and spirit of human civilization.”– Spokesperson of the City Government
“With Shenzhen taking the historic decision to become mainland China’s first city to ban dog and cat meat consumption, this really could be a watershed moment in efforts to end this brutal trade that kills an estimated 10 million dogs and four million cats in China every year.”– Dr. Peter Li, China policy specialist of Humane Society International
Indeed, it is a commendable action and a glimmer of hope for humanity as dogs and cats are our companions in life. They are there to stay with us and to comfort us in our difficult times. Man’s best friends deserve to be in our hearts, and have no place in our stomachs.