Proposed Law in China Could Ban Dog & Cat from Restaurant Menus
A new law against animal abuse in China could crack down on the practice of eating dog or cat meat in China once and for all. Under the law, individuals caught eating dog or cat meat could face a fine of 5,000 yuan ($735 USD) or up to 15 days in prison, and businesses caught serving it could be fined up to 500,000 yuan ($7,325).
The draft will be going to Parliament in April, and would be the first law against animal abuse by a new, increasingly animal loving modern Chinese society that no longer has a taste for dog or cat meat.
Dog meat first appeared in the Chinese diet as early as the third century B.C. It ha long been believed to provide warmth to those who eat it, and the warming property makes it especially popular in winter stews in the cold northeastern region of China.
Cat meat has also long been a part of Chinese cuisine, but the practice of eating feline meat is not as widespread. It is primarily consumed by those living in the southern Guangdong province. It is not as popular as dog meat because of an old superstition that the cat will come back at night to retaliate.