China bans eating canines, cancels Yulin Dog Meat Festival

In addition to authoritarian crackdowns unseen since the days of the disastrous “Great Leap Forward,” some good has come out of the Chinese coronavirus outbreak- the Yulin Dog Meat Festival is cancelled.

In what can be seen as a measured response to a virus that may have been caused by eating strange animals, the Chinese banned the trade an consumption of all wild animals, including dog, frog, snake and turtle meat.

In fact, only nine kinds of livestock are legal to eat: cows, sheep, donkeys, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese and pigeons. Aquatic life is also acceptable for eating.

According to the Daily Mail, It is unknown if a “white list” of food will be released.

“There are so many animal species in nature. In our country alone, there are more than 2,000 kinds of protected wild animal species,” a CCP spokesperson said. “If the local authority is to produce a list of the wild animals that cannot be eaten, it will be too lengthy and cannot answer the question exactly what animals can be eaten.”

The Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which is now canceled indefinitely, has been a source of controversy- particularly for Westerners who dislike seeing thousands of dogs killed, skinned and blowtorched prior to consumption.

With the new regulations in place, the festival may become a thing of the past.

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