Animal Wellness Action, and the Animal Wellness Foundation lauded a proposal issued by China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs this week. This month, the Chinese government published a draft of a new list of animals that can be traded for meat that included pigs, cows, chickens and sheep, but excluded dogs and cats according to the Humane Society and CBS News.
Animal Wellness Action, and the Animal Wellness foundation have been working on this issue since its founding, and led the charge to pass the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act that was signed into law in the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill.
The message to China was clear: Stop eating dogs and cats.
But the wet markets where COVID-19 jumped the species barrier to the human race are still operating in China, and dogs raised for meat are still a major part of those markets according to Animal Wellness.