Since the beginning of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, it has been widely speculated that the disease came from the consumption of animals practiced in China and other parts of Asia.
In February, Chinese authorities banned the trade and consumption of wild animals. The move came after it emerged that a market in Wuhan selling wild animals and wildlife meat could have been the starting point for the outbreak of the new coronavirus, providing the means for the virus to travel from animals to humans. News of this led the Chinese government to crack down strongly on the trade and on the markets that sold such products.
Since the virus continues to take its toll here and across the globe, finger-pointing toward China and it’s often less than appetizing eating habits has continued. Now, Shenzhen has become the first Chinese city to ban the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat. The ban goes into effect on May 1.
Thirty million dogs a year are killed across Asia for meat, says Humane Society International (HSI).
However, the practice of eating dog meat in China is not that common – the majority of Chinese people have never done so and say they don’t want to.
“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 civilization,” the statement added.
All I can say is it’s about time that such barbaric practices are stopped. Fido belongs running around playing with you guests during your backyard barbecue – and NOT on the damn menu!
What do you think? Should the consumption of dogs, cats, and other wildlife be completely banned through China and other countries in Asia, and all of their so-called “wet markets,” shut down?