One of the most popular restaurants serving dog meat in Guangzhou has shut down due to decrease in demand for the food as well as stricter regulation of dog meat restaurants in China.
The Sunshine Restaurant, which started to offer dog meat dishes in Huifu West Road in 1963, has shut down and its site has been taken by a shop, the Guangzhou Daily reported.
Other restaurants that used to cook dog and cat dishes in the Yuancun and Panyu districts of the city have also stopped this year, the newspaper said.
“More and more people have realised the importance of protecting animals and refuse to eat dog meat,” one Guangzhou citizen was quoted as saying.
Rising concern over the safety of dog meat consumption has led to more people shunning the food as well. Food quality authorities in Guangzhou have warned people to stop eating the meat and have tightened the inspection of quarantine certificates and dog sourcing in the city.
The Sunshine Restaurant is now a clothing store.
The crackdown on dog meat eateries comes months after food safety warnings from experts about mass gatherings of canine consumption, such as the annual dog meat festival in Yulin, Guangxi.
Animal lovers last year gathered at the Yulin festival to protest the event, prompting vendors to cruelly swing dogs around by their necks to taunt them. The local government has since prohibited public displays of killing during the festival.
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