As a consequence of the ongoing pandemic, for the first time in history, the Chinese government is contemplating classifying dogs as pets.
For the first time in history, China has pushed a draft law that would reclassify dogs as pets instead of livestock. This law will protect dogs from mass breeding and slaughter in the country that was pretty common in the pre-pandemic times.
The best part is, many swift movements are being made to reclassify dogs as human companions. The whole situation started with a ban on the trade and consumption of dogs and cats in Shenzhen last week.
The law was drafted by the Ministry of Agriculture that details, “As far as dogs are concerned, along with the progress of human civilization and the public concern and love for animal protection, dogs have been ‘specialized’ to become companion animals, and internationally are not considered to be livestock, and they will not be regulated as livestock in China.”
Draft guidelines are currently open to the public for consultation.
Many people believe that this move is being made in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. China has temporarily banned the sale, breeding, and consumption of wild animals, as the illness is suspected of having begun to spread at a wild animal market in Wuhan.
According to Dr. Peter Li, Humane Society International’s China policy specialist, “This is the first time we’ve ever seen China’s national government explain that dogs are companion animals. Recognizing that dogs hold a special bond with humans is an essential first step towards eliminating the consumption and trade in dog meat. This could be a pivotal moment that provides encouragement for other cities across the country to follow Shenzhen’s lead to ban the eating of dogs and cats.”
This is a very positive change. Here’s to hoping the law is passed as soon as possible.
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