Domesticated softshell turtles (L) and bullfrogs (R) are allowed for eating according an annoucement published on the website of the Standing Committee of the Shenzhen Municipal People's Congress yesterday. File photo
Shenzhen will ban wildlife consumption starting May 1, according to a regulation passed Tuesday by the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Congress, the city’s legislature.
It is made clear in the regulation that pigs, cattle, goats, sheep, donkeys, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, pigeons and quails are allowed for eating. The eating of cats and dogs is banned. The eating of other livestock and poultry raised for the purpose of consumption is allowed, according to the law.
The law prohibits the consumption of all terrestrial wild animals whether captive-bred or wild caught.
The consumption of domesticated and bred wild animals such as snakes, insects, birds and turtles are also excluded from the edible list.
The new regulation is set to eliminate people’s die-hard habits of wildlife consumption, safeguard biological and ecological safety, and effectively prevent major public health risks.
“Cats and dogs as pets have a close and intimate relationship with human beings and banning their consumption is a common practice in many regions and countries,” said Liu Shuguang, director with Legislative Affairs Committee of the Standing Committee of Shenzhen Municipal People’s Congress, yesterday, adding that the list could be adjusted.
“There is no evidence showing that wildlife is more nutritious than the poultry and livestock. The poultry and livestock and aquatic species allowed for eating can satisfy the daily life of people,” Liu Jianping, deputy chief with the Food Safety and Nutrition Office with Shenzhen Center for Disease Prevention and Control, said yesterday.
According to the regulation, consumers of protected wildlife will be fined 5 to 30 times the value of the animals and people running wildlife businesses will be fined 3 to 10 times their illicit income.
Those who violate the regulation and receive administrative punishment will be included into the credit system.
Those who are suspected of committing crime as part of the violations will be criminally investigated.
The city’s lawmaking body started to seek public opinion on the ban in February after China’s top legislature made a decision to ban illegal wildlife trades.
Also on Tuesday, Guangdong’s legislature passed a resolution on protecting wildlife. The rule, which will also take effect May 1, tightened punishment in poaching, trading and consuming wildlife.