A suspected illegal meat distribution in the northern suburban Changping District of Beijing was raided by the police over the weekend. A total of 34 dogs of various breeds were confiscated, including one with an identification chip. Yangfang Township police worked with local animal welfare groups to rescue animals and took them to a municipal shelter…Full Article: Xinhua Aug 2017

Key Points

  • In August 2017, law enforcement officials in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, shut down an illegal kennel and confiscated more than 30 dogs. During the same month, officials in Anhui Province arrested 24 individuals suspected of illegally distributing dog meat.
  • In July 2017, law enforcement officials in Zhuzhou, Hunan Province, issued a fine of CNY 2,000 (USD 300) to a trucker who was illegally transporting 200 cats and 100 dogs.

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  • According to the Humane Society International, approximately 10 million dogs and 4 million cats are slaughtered annually for food in China. Dog meat is consumed both in northern and southern China, while cat meat is consumed primarily in southern China. For instance, cat meat is used in Cantonese cuisine, with Guangdong Province being a major consumer.
  • In June 2017, a Carrefour outlet in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, removed two dog meat food products from their store shelves.

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