Chinese call for ban on eating dogs and cats

Ancient culinary tradition seen as distasteful to pet-loving younger generation

Chinese legal experts’ proposal to end the eating of dogs and cats would bring to an end a tradition that dates back thousands of years. The recommendation will be submitted to authorities in April as part of a draft bill to tackle animal abuse. In ancient times, dog meat was considered a medicinal tonic. It’s still available throughout the country, particularly in the north. More recently, such traditions have come under criticism by an affluent, pet-loving, urban middle class outraged by online videos showing the maltreatment of farmed dogs.

The Guardian