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Activists hope coronavirus epidemic will be the death knell of tradition.
China dog meat festival goes ahead but COVID-19 takes a toll
29 June 2020
China has drawn up new guidelines to reclassify dogs as pets rather than livestock, the agriculture ministry said, part of a response to the coronavirus outbreak that the Humane Society called a potential “game changer” in animal welfare.
China reclassifies dogs as pets, not livestock, in post-virus regulatory push
14 April 2020
Draft policy released by agriculture ministry cites concern over animal welfare and prevention of disease transmission as factors behind move.
China signals end to dog meat consumption by humans
10 April 2020
The southern Chinese technology hub of Shenzhen is moving to outlaw the consumption of dogs and cats as the country clamps down on the wildlife trade that scientists suspect led to the coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus: Shenzhen prepares ban on eating cats and dogs after outbreak
28 February 2020
A FOUR PAWS report on the dog and cat meat trade in the Southeast Asian countries.
Report advises on how to end the dog and cat meat trade in Southeast Asia
17 February 2020
South Korea's capital city has declared it is free of dog slaughterhouses, after the final three dog meat shops ended the practice of the on-site killing of canines.
Seoul declared free of dog slaughterhouses
31 October 2019
The Yulin Dog Meat Festival returns today, which will see between 10,000 and 15,000 animals beaten, tortured and killed for their meat as part of the controversial event in China.
1.5 million people sign petition to ban China's Yulin Dog Meat Festival
11 June 2019
A study of coyote scat in LA found the animals are attracted to fruit in gardens, where they are also finding cats and dogs
High-cat diet: urban coyotes feast on pets, study finds
12 May 2019