Friday, 3 April 2020
Chinese authorities ban eating cats and dogs
Shenzhen, a Chinese city 1,100 kilometres from the coronavirus epicentre of Wuhan, has clamped down further than other cities in the nation when it comes to the consumption of animal meat.
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The coastal city, located close to the Hong Kong border, has banned people from eating dogs and cats as part of a wider clampdown on the wildlife trade since the coronavirus pandemic began in China.
Dogs, in particular, are eaten in several parts of Asia.
Scientists suspect the coronavirus passed to humans from animals. Some of the earliest infections were found in people who had exposure to a wildlife market in Wuhan, where bats, snakes, civets and other animals were sold.
The disease has infected more than 980,000 people around the world and killed over 50,000.
Authorities in Shenzhen said the ban on eating dogs and cats would come into force on May 1.