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Monday, 27 April 2020

More bans for dog meat in China

Featured Written by Our Dogs - 24/04/20

FOLLOWING OUR previous story on the issue, OUR DOGSi can confirm that a second Chinese city has banned the consumption and sale of dog meat with Fines up to £17,000 announced.

The city of Zhuhai in Guangdong province has apparently followed the city of Shenzhen in banning the sale and consumption of dog meat and wildlife. Last week, the Chinese Government made a point of not listing dogs as livestock stating that, ‘Dogs are companion animals. Restricting one from consuming dog meat is an indication of civilisation.

‘We hope to see improvements across cities in the form of more well-implemented animal protection laws. A fair system that rightfully punishes irresponsible owners who abandon their pets and illegal dealers that slaughter dogs for sale should also be in place.’ Campaigners now hope that there will be a domino effect with more cities following suit and banning the consumption and sale of dog meat. Dr Peter Li, the China specialist for Humane Society International (HSI) said, ‘“Zhuhai’s ban on dog and cat meat eating is thrilling news for all those in China and around the world who have campaigned for so long to end this brutal trade.

Historic

‘Coming so soon after Shenzhen’s ban and the government’s historic statement classifying dogs as companions, we hope this will be the start of a domino effect of progressive legislation across China with other cities following suit. ‘With so many millions of dogs and cats falling victim to the meat trade, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that most people in China don’t eat dogs and cats, and that for years there has been enormous public support there for an end to the cruelty. ‘So now it would seem that in the absence of a national ban, cities are taking matters into their own hands and reflecting the mood of the people.

‘This isn’t just good news for animal protection, it’s very good news for public health because the dog meat trade poses a significant human health risk, linked to the spread of trichinellosis, cholera and rabies. ‘Rabies has been found in dogs traded for human consumption in China, Vietnam and Indonesia, and is easily spread as thousands of dogs are crammed on slaughter trucks and driven across provincial borders to markets and slaughterhouses.’

Fines

The new regulations in Zhuhai will come into force on the 1 May. Anyone breaking the ban can be fined up to £17,000.

It is thought that the coronavirus pandemic has also changed public opinion in China making it clear wildlife markets need to be banned as they spread diseases. It is estimated that nearly 100 million dogs and cats are kept as pets in China. Most people don’t eat dog meat in the country and figures suggest that it is eaten only infrequently by less than 20 percent of the population. In a recent poll 52 percent of Chinese people wanted the consumption of dog meat to be banned which is good news for dogs and for the many people and organisations that have battled to end the abhorrent trade in dog meat and for the way dogs are treated by these traders.

OUR DOGS covered much of this story and the content of the letter/statement by the China Kennel Union in last week’s paper. As we go to press we note the statement on the FCI Facebook page made by the FCI President Tamas Jakkel who said, “Almost exactly one year after the World Dog Show in China we have received a letter of the China Kennel Union (CKU) My comments on what happened are as follows: Every success can be only achieved step-by-step. The most difficult one is always the very first. The biggest difference can be made by going from zero to one.

All actions followed by this are heading to a good direction.” It is of course a point of conjecture whether it was in fact the after effects of the world show in Shanghai that has produced this change of direction in China or a cumulative build up of pressure from many organisations over the years including the CKU. Additionally the revelations of Coronavirus being potentially linked to Chinese ‘wet markets’ and eating of wild animals (and dogs) could be a major factor in pushing the Chinese authorities in this new direction One way or the other, it has to be good news for dogs in that part of the world.

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