New Law Would Ban Eating Cats and Dogs in China (VIDEO)

The controversial, centuries-old Chinese custom of eating cats and dogs has the nation divided. Animal welfare activists and the increasingly pet-adoring middle class find the pratice outdated and disturbing, while more old-fashioned citizens think it’s a tradition worth preserving. However, the practice has gained global attention throughout the years, causing social tension for the still-developing country.

Due to this, there’s been legislation introduced to ban this cruel culinary practice that’s going through the works of the Chinese government since earlier this year. This law, the first of its kind in the country’s history, would punish anyone caught eating this meat with a fine of RMB 5,000 (USD 732) and possibly up to 15 days in jail. Businesses could face a fine between RMB 10,000 (USD 1,464) and 500,000 (USD 73,239). Unfortunately, even if the Anti-Animal Abuse Law is passed, it wouldn’t go into effect for years.

A Hong Kong-based animal welfare charity, Animals Asia Foundation, states over 14 million dogs and cats are slaughtered in the country ever year. In keeping with the cultural belief that “torture equals taste” these animals are often killed in a slow, cruel manner. Butchers have even admitted there’s no way to guarantee the creature under their knife isn’t someone’s pet.

Many Americans assume this practice to be a myth, but for the animals of China it is all too real. These horrors are not a far cry from the pigs, cows and chickens who are slaughtered in this country every minute of the day. These animals feel just as much pain, are capable of the same joyful life and deserve the same respect and consideration we give to our companion animals. If you find the Chinese practice of consuming cats and dogs distasteful, extend that compassion to all animals and go vegan today!

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370 comments

Deejoyz R
Deejoyz Rabout a month ago

Thank you.

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W. C
W. Cabout a month ago

Thanks.

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William C
William Cabout a month ago

Thank you.

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Dan B.
Dan Brook7 years ago

The best way to honor and protect animals EVERYDAY is to not eat them.

Fight cruelty with your fork; have compassion on your plate; increase social justice with every meal.

For more info about the *many* benefits of vegetarianism (and the many problems with the production and consumption of meat), please visit (and share) Eco-Eating at www.brook.com/veg

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Edeltraud 'Tama F.

“A ESTRELA CADENTE VE A TERRA E SAI CORRENDO COM MEDO DOS HOMENS” - Haikais de L. Pontes
“The SHOOTING STAR SEES EARTH AND QUITS RUNNING SCARED OF MEN “ -
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Helene B.
Helene B7 years ago

China is like a giant horror chamber for all animals, a large cemetery where soulless whores are allowed to breathe the same air as the good people of China.

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Christine Lim
Christine Lim7 years ago

REAL DISGUSTING. china will never evolve with these cruel dishes passing around the table. don't ask others why we don't want to visit china. the reason is obvious

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Donna J.
Donna J7 years ago

Many Buddhists in China (and in the rest of Asia--I've been all over, I checked) are not vegetarian, when in practice, specifically in regards to "ahimsa" the value of non-harm, they should be.

I went to a Chinese Buddhist vegetarian restaurant in Vancouver and they had "fake sea food" which was basically fish that tasted like shrimp. The manager wanted to kick me out because I kept asking which dishes in their menu had no meat or seafood at all. I should have started meowing to see if the cats would come out!

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Ada W.
Ada W.7 years ago

I just want to add not all Chinese people are like that. I'm Chinese (Taiwanese really) and love and adore cats (I own two cats) I'm glad there is a new law banning the old practice of eating cats and dogs. The sad fact of the Chinese government is, not only are they cruel to animals but to their own people as well.

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Yvonne S.
Yvonne S7 years ago

I could only watch a few seconds of the video before I had to stop it. That human beings can treat animals in such a terrible way is completely beyond me and I will live in hope that a ban will go ahead and cats and dogs will never be eaten again.

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