The move comes after the epidemic of the disease – which emerged in Wuhan – has been linked to the meat of wild animals, prompting authorities to ban the trade and consumption of wild animals, reported the BBC.
Shenzhen has taken the wildlife ban a step further by including cats and dogs in its measure, which takes effect on May 1, the newspaper said.
In Asia, 30 million dogs are killed every year for meat, according to the Humane Society International.
But the consumption of dog meat in China is not very common.
“Dogs and cats as pets have established a much closer relationship with humans than all other animals, and the ban on the consumption of dogs and cats and other pets is a common practice in developed countries and in Hong Kong and Taiwan, “said the government of Shenzhen, according to Reuters.
“This ban also meets the demand and the spirit of human civilization,” he added.
The Humane Society International welcomed the city’s move.
“This could truly be a watershed moment in efforts to end this brutal trade that kills around 10 million dogs and 4 million cats in China each year,” said Dr. Peter Li, Chinese policy specialist for the group. .
Chinese authorities banned the trade and consumption of wild animals in February after it emerged that a market in Wuhan selling wild animals and wild meat could have started the epidemic.