It’s been a long time coming but China has finally excluded dogs from its list of Livestock and Poultry. This is a huge step in the right direction, and now if we could end the cruelty to cows, pigs, and chickens worldwide we would be well on our way to ending animal cruelty.
The new exclusion only goes so far. Chinese people are still able to breed their own dogs and eat them. The catch is that you cannot breed your own dogs and then sell them to others for consumption. This makes all of the places in China that use to sell dog meat as food such as slaughterhouses, markets, and restaurants are illegal now.
Two areas of China, Zhuhai and Shenzhen have gone a little further and both have made it a crime to buy dogs and eat dogs for food. The hope that other cities will soon follow the precedent set by these two cities.
It must be noted that this law isn’t a complete ban on eating dog meat, but it simply states that you can not sell dogs and meat from dogs for food. The message here is very clear: The Chinese government no longer supports the consumption of dog meat by its people.
The other great thing about this new legislation is that the protection afforded to dogs has also been given to cats.
Many people over a long period of time have worked to bring about this decision. Folks have worked behind the scenes quietly to get authorities to this point. Folks have worked tirelessly to get these protections for companion animals, and to get the authorities to help aid in better management and care of dogs. All the while the government and the people have increasingly shown more and more support for ending trade in the meat of companion animals like dogs and cats.
Animals Asia has been instrumental in this fight by deploying their Dog Welfare team to work with authorities throughout China. The group has worked hard to warn authorities about the dangers of the dog and cat meat trade. Chinese authorities continue to respond positively to the groups efforts and this has been very encouraging.
We applaud Animals Asia for their work and hope that they can continue making a difference for all animals.