Shenzhen to become the first city in China to stop the sale and eating of cat and dog meat.
It comes after the corona virus outbreak has been linked to game meat, which has prompted the Chinese authorities to ban wildlife trade and consumption.
Shenzhen went one step further and extended the ban to dogs and cats. The new law will enter into force on May 1st.
According to Humane Society International (HSI), 30 million dogs are killed every year across Asia for meat.
However, the practice of eating dog meat in China is not as common – the majority of Chinese have never done so and say they don’t want to.
“Dogs and cats as pets have a much closer relationship with humans than any other animal, and banning the consumption of dogs, cats, and other pets is common practice in developed countries, as well as in Hong Kong and Taiwan,” said the Shenzhen City Government, according to the report.