Shenzhen and Zhuhai have strengthened measures against the consumption of pets and wild animals.
Breaking the law will result in fines of up to 150,000 yuan. Let’s see in more detail the content of the law that determines which animals can be raised for food consumption.
Shenzhen, a cosmopolitan city in southern China, located along the Hong Kong border and one of the country’s main economic centers, will become the first city in China to ban the consumption of pets and wild animals.
The order is part of the new ‘Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Regulations on the Comprehensive Ban on Wild Animals’ legislation, which will come into effect on May 1 of this year.
The new law includes the protection of wild animals and other terrestrial wild animals that grow and reproduce naturally in the wild.
The law will prohibit the slaughter of animals in public places or in private homes. No animal can be sold for food purposes to citizens.
Illegal consumption of wild animals and their products can be punished up to 30 times the value of the goods.
Which animals can be consumed for food use?
This is the most important issue for citizens. According to the new regulation there are two categories: one includes pigs, cattle, sheep, donkeys, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, pigeons, quails, while the second group includes aquatic animals.
It is forbidden to consume animals and their products for inedible use such as scientific experiments, public exhibitions, breeding of domestic animals, etc.
It is forbidden to consume or produce or exchange prohibited animals and their products used in the traditional Chinese medicine.
The following actions are prohibited:
(1) slaughter of poultry and livestock without permission;
(2) sale of poultry and cattle slaughtered without authorization;
(3) Sale of poultry and live cattle to consumers for the purpose of supplying food.
The law will have to be implemented by law enforcement agencies, mobile operators, education departments, public security, public health, customs, etc.
Citizens are urged to increase their awareness of ecological environmental protection and public health safety, and to resolutely eliminate “bad habits” related to the consumption of wild animals by developing a scientific, healthy and civil lifestyle. Citizens are also invited to report violations.
Locals, restaurants and breeders who served this kind of products are invited to immediately cease their activity and will be subject to the confiscation of animals and products.
The law also particularly punishes those who knowingly continue to consume or breed these animals for food.
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