Violation of the ban on eating cats and dogs in the Chinese city of Shenzhen may be punished with a fine of up to 150 thousand yuan (about 586 thousand UAH).
Shenzhen became the first Chinese city to ban the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat. This was announced on April 2 by the BBC.
The new law will enter into force on May 1.
The organization for the protection of animals Humane Society International notes that violation of the law can be punished by a fine of up to 150 thousand yuan (about 586 thousand UAH).
According to the organization, 30 million dogs a year are killed throughout Asia because of their meat. Of these, 10 million fall to China.
Humane Society International clarifies that in fact less than 20% of the population eats dog meat in China. A 2017 survey showed that even in Yulin, which is the venue for the dog meat festival, most people (72%) do not eat dog meat regularly.
The ban on meat of cats and dogs occurred against the background of cases of infection of pets with coronavirus in China. In particular, in Hong Kong, a domestic cat was infected by the owner of COVID-19, while the pet had no signs of disease, the Hong Kong City Department of Agriculture and Fisheries said on March 31. And on March 26, the disease was detected in Hong Kong dogs.
An outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus infection began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. March 11, the World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
Scientists believe that bats, snakes and pangolins were involved in the transmission chain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, (in China, their meat is considered a delicacy). From which of these animals a person has become infected, it is not yet known for sure.
According to the American Johns Hopkins University on April 2, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 956 thousand, of which more than 202 thousand recovered, and 48 583 people died.