China reclassifies dogs as pets, not livestock, in post-virus regulatory push

Thomson Reuters Foundation | Apr 9, 2020 at 12:18 PM
  • China has drawn up new guidelines to reclassify dogs as pets rather than livestock, the agriculture ministry said, part of a response to the coronavirus outbreak that the Humane Society called a potential “game changer” in animal welfare.
  • The draft guidelines published on Wednesday, which have been opened to the public for consultation, listed 18 traditional livestock species – including cattle, pigs, poultry and camels.
  • The Humane Society International, an animal welfare group, estimated that around 10 million dogs a year are still killed in China for meat, including stolen pets.