On 31st March, Shenzhen announced the ban of the trade and consumption of wild animals extending to cats and dogs with effect from 1st May. The new law also includes no experiments, public displays, raise as pets and use cats and dogs as food ingredients.
According to the Shenzhen city government, they said that dogs and cats as pets established close bondings with humans when compared to other animals. Banning the consumption of dogs and cats and other pets is a common practice in developed countries and in Hong Kong and Taiwan. In addition, they emphasised it responded to the demand and spirit of human civilisation.
Apparently, celebrity Karen Mok (莫文蔚) loves animals very much and forwarded the news through her Weibo account at night on 3rd April. She said: “This news makes people feel excited. Looking forward to all countries banning the consumption of cats and dogs in the future.” However, her post received mixed reviews from the netizens and some pointed everyone should treat the animals kindly, while one netizen disagreed: “Disallowing the consumption of dogs has always been a heated discussion and it is funny if the reason is either because of Western and developed countries disapproving the consumption or Mainland China is not modern civilisation. In other words, other counties continue to eat dogs are not modern civilisation too?” Another said: “We are forbidden to eat because of you not eating it? Pigeon represents peace icon and should we ban eating pigeon as well?”