BEIJING – China Reclassifies Dogs As Pets Instead Of Livestock . China has drawn up new guidelines, on Wednesday, to reclassify dogs as pets rather than livestock. This potential game changer in animal welfare comes as a part of China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
According to details by the Ministry of Agriculture, dog meat is still a delicacy in many regions of the country. However, dogs will longer be consider as livestock. This category is for animals that provide food, milk, fur, fibre, and medicine. As well as to serve the needs of sports or the military.
China Reclassifies Dogs As Pets Instead Of Livestock
It further added that dogs are companion animals. They are not consider livestock internationally and they will not be regulated as livestock in China. China subsequently banned the breeding, trading and consumption of wildlife, and revoked all existing licenses. It has also promised to revise legislation to make the ban permanent.
It also added 13 “special” species that would also be exempt from wild animal trading restrictions, including reindeer, alpaca, pheasants, ostriches and foxes. Dog consumption has become increasingly unpopular in China, and the southern city of Shenzhen became the first to ban it last month.