It was recently announced that Shenzhen had called for a ban on the trading and consumption of wild animals, and even extended the ban to the consumption of dogs and cats. This move has been widely praised and appreciated by many, including Hong Kong actress Karen Mok.
Mok, who is a known animal-rights activist, has regularly raised awareness on social media about animal conservation. Which is why the criticism against her on Chinese social media seemsso perplexing.
After the ban was passed on April 2, Mok posted on Weibo: “This news really makes one feel inspired. Looking forward to the near future when the whole country legally bans the consumption of cats and dogs.”
Chinese netizens pounced and accused her of portraying China as uncivilised.
One commenter said: “ [The ban] is understandable, there’s almost no argument there … but the debate about not allowing [people] to eat dog meat has always been heated, for the reason that developed Western countries don’t eat it. This is hilarious … isn’t this saying that mainland China isn’t modern or civilised?”
Another netizen claimed that the heated sentiment behind the dog meat ban stems from the scrutiny on China due to the Covid-19 virus apparently originating from a market in Wuhan.
Mok’s hope for the ban throughout the whole of China did not sit well with several netizens who worry that such a ban will cause a domino effect and lead to all meat consumption being outlawed.
Fortunately, there were some netizens who supported the actress, and said that those who ate cats and dogs were “vicious” and “unreasonable.”