A city in China has banned its residents from eating dog and cat meat. The new law which activists call a historic decision is in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Animal activists have been demanding this change from the Chinese government for years. The legislation was passed by lawmakers in Shenzhen which has about 13 million residents. The new law will take effect on May 1.
The new law also bans the consumption of snake, frog and turtle meat. China has also banned all trade and consumption of wild animals. Residents are allowed to eat cows, sheep, donkeys, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese and pigeons and aquatic animals permitted by law.