China is facing criticism all over for reopening the wet market that allegedly brought this global crisis of coronavirus to the world, but here is a Chinese city Shenzhen from southeast China that brought a ban on consumption of pet animals like cats and dogs.
Shenzhen is the first city in China to impose a ban on consuming animals that are raised as pets and it is illegal to violate the ban, which comes to effect on May 1. China earlier passed a law to ban the consumption of wild animals already.
Thie new law in Shenzhen prohibits people from consuming state-protected wild animals, other terrestrial wild animals and also the captive-bred and farmed terrestrial wild animals. There is a list of animals that can be sold and consumed and that includes sheep, rabbit, chicken, duck, goose, pigeon, quail, pig, donkey and all aquatic animals which are not banned by other regulations.
China earlier banned the consumption of civets, in 2003, after they found it to be transmitting the SARS virus to humans back then. In some parts of China, the snakes too were banned after the SARS outbreak.
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