One week after the city Shenzhen bans eating dogs, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has drawn up guidelines to classify dogs and cats as pets and not food. The pledge thousands of you signed to China, and the UN has made a difference. Well done, everyone. It has taken the tragedy of coronavirus to make the Chinese realise that our pets are not their food.
There is now a published list by the Ministry on Wednesday 8th April of animals that can be livestock. Dogs and cats are NOT on this list.
A spokesperson for China Ministry of Agriculture said, “As far as dogs are concerned, along with the progress of human civilisation and the public love and concern for animal protection dogs have been ‘specialised’ to become companion animals and internationally are not considered to be livestock, and they will not be regulated as livestock in China”.
This news is huge, and while this does not mean an immediate ban, it recognises the demands, wishes and prayers of us all. We said #NoToDogMeat, and now after nearly ten years, China is listening. #NoActionTooSmall
Much work ahead but we remain hopeful this is the end to Yulin Torture festival, and we can work to close dog and cat meat markets and slaughterhouses.
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