THE Chinese Ministry Of Agriculture And Rural Affairs Stated It Recognised Dogs As ‘Companion Animals’ And ‘Not Appropriate’ To Be Managed As Livestock In The Document Launched Yesterday.
Last week, the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen became the first city in China to ban the eating of dogs.
In late February, China banned all trade and consumption of wild animals, a practice believed responsible for the coronavirus pandemic.
The Ministry’s catalogue lists 18 types of ‘traditional livestock,’ including pigs, cows, sheep, goats, horses, donkeys, camels, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons and quails.
It also covers 13 types of ‘special livestock,’ including sika deer, red deer, reindeer, alpacas, guinea fowls, pheasants, partridges, mallards, ostriches, minks, the American red fox, the Arctic fox and raccoon dogs. The last four species can be traded, but not for their meat.