Shenzen City in China has banned the consumption of cats and dogs effective May 1st. This ban follows a similar ban targeting wild animals, both being influenced by the coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus outbreak was initially linked to the eating of wild animals in Wuhan city where the outbreak first started. Earlier reports indicated the virus was transmitted from bats or snake meat that was being sold at an open wet meat market in the city.
There hasn’t been conclusive report on where exactly the virus started from, though there has been reports that it was leaked from a lab.
According to Humane Society International (HSI), more than 30 million dogs are killed across Asia every year. The number does not include cats or other wild animals that are found in the markets in China.
In February, the Chinese communist government banned the sell of wild meat, dogs and cats from the market. This ban was temporary and some reports indicate that the trade of such animals has resumed.
There are now close to one million confirmed cases of the virus worldwide, and more than 47,000 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.
China reported 81,589 confirmed cases and 3,318 deaths.