In Guilin, China's dog meat-eating heartland, the country's pork crisis, sparked by African swine fever, has led to rising dog and cat meat sales at market stalls. Photo: He Huifeng

China’s pork crisis piques interest in dog and cat meat, as animal activists raise the alarm over illegal slaughter

  • Some regions of China have a long tradition of dog meat consumption, but African swine fever has boosted interest in an alternative source of protein to pork
  • Animal rights groups claim that as many as 10 million dogs are eaten each year, claiming that many are stolen or poisoned
Topic |   China economy

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In Guilin, China's dog meat-eating heartland, the country's pork crisis, sparked by African swine fever, has led to rising dog and cat meat sales at market stalls. Photo: He Huifeng
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He Huifeng

He Huifeng

He Huifeng is an award-winning journalist and has been focusing on mainland news reporting since 2001 for several overseas media. She has gained an in-depth knowledge of political, economic and social issues on the mainland through years of close observation, which has given her a love for journalism in the field.