A city in China Shenzhen, with around 13 million people has been forced to ban its residents from eating dog, snake, frog, turtle and cat meat.
As China ban all trade and consumption of wild animals,a practice, which scientists believe is responsible for the deadly corona virus infecting and killing people globally.
The legislation was yesterday passed by lawmakers in Shenzhen and will take effect on May 1.
The yearly Yulin Dog Meat Festival is one of the most dubious food festivals in China and sees thousands of dogs cruelly killed, skinned and cooked with blow-torches before being eaten by the locals.
Shenzhen is China’s fifth biggest city with more than 13 million with over 13 million people, so although the dog meat trade is fairly small there compared with the rest of the province, its true significance is that it could inspire a domino effect with other cities following suit.
According to the document, nine types of livestock are suitable for people to eat. They are pigs, cows, sheep, donkeys, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese and pigeons.
The city officials described the new regulation as the ‘universal civilisation requirement for a modern society’ and said the aim is to ‘further satisfy the daily needs of the people’.