Caged dogs on sale at the dog meat festival in Yulin. Photo: AFP
Caged dogs on sale at the dog meat festival in Yulin. Photo: AFP

Dogs are pets, not food, says Chinese agriculture ministry

  • New rules on raising livestock come weeks ahead of controversial dog meat festival in Yulin
  • Regulations that also lists ‘special species’ that can be raised for food or fur form part of move to crack down on wildlife trade after coronavirus pandemic

Caged dogs on sale at the dog meat festival in Yulin. Photo: AFP
Caged dogs on sale at the dog meat festival in Yulin. Photo: AFP
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