CORONAVIRUS: Chinese Govt bans residents from eating rats, bats, cats, dogs, snake, frog and others.
Shenzen, a city in China has been forced to ban its residents from eating rats, bats, dog, snake, frog, turtle and cat meat due to the coronavirus pandemic that have killed nearly 200,000 persons globally.
Animal activists have demanded the Chinese government prohibit the consumption of pets for years, and the new accord is the first of its kind in the country.
The legislation was yesterday passed by lawmakers in Shenzhen, a city of around 13 million people, and will take effect on May 1, according to a government notice in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The news comes after China banned all trade and consumption of wild animals, a practice, which scientists believe is responsible for the deadly virus infecting and killing people globally.
The officials described the new regulation as the ‘universal civilisation requirement for a modern society’ and said the aim is to ‘further satisfy the daily needs of the people’.
According to the document, nine types of livestock are suitable for people to eat. They are pigs, cows, sheep, donkeys, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese and pigeons.
Before the law was passed, one spokesperson said the authority wanted to make it easier for people to know what can be eaten.
The official said: “There are so many animal species in nature. In our country alone, there are more than 2,000 kinds of protected wild animal species.
“If the local authority is to produce a list of the wild animals that cannot be eaten, it will be too lengthy and cannot answer the question exactly what animals can be eaten.”
The has been wildspread theories around the world that COVID-19 originated from China due to their unwholesome meat hygiene such as eating of spiders, lizards, cats, rats, ants, flies, frogs, snakes and so on.