Formula One legend Lewis Hamilton is trying to help put an end to the trading of dogs for human consumption.
It’s widely accepted that the coronavirus originated from a live animal market in Wuhan, China.
This has put a spotlight on ‘wet markets’ – where a vast array of wild animals are sold as food for humans.
China’s cruel practice of eating dogs and cats has also being brought back into focus.
Hamilton is as an avid animal lover and his Instagram profile reads:
“🌱 [Plant emoji] Based Diet. Love Animals. Constantly searching for my purpose, for adventure, open-mindedness and positivity…Spread LOVE and God above all.”
He recently spent time at WIRES – a program helping with the rehabilitation of animals affected by Australia’s wildfires.
Now the Brit is hoping to use his popularity in China to change peoples’ thinking.
“To all my fans in China. I’d be so grateful if you could vote and push for this. This has to stop.”
Hamilton has more than 15 million followers on Twitter.
The Humane Society International (HSI) claims that as many as 30 million dogs are killed in Asia for meat each year.
But it seems at least as if Chinese authorities are beginning to call for change.
Shenzhen recently became the first city on Mainland China to ban the consumption of dog and cat meat.
“This really could be a watershed moment in efforts to end this brutal trade that kills an estimated 10 million dogs and 4 million cats in China every year,” said Dr Peter Li, China policy specialist for HSI.
The Chinese Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Affairs have also called for an end to eating domesticated pets.
“With the progress of human civilization and the public’s concern and preference for animal protection, dogs have changed from traditional domestic animals to companion animals,” read a statement.
“Dogs are generally not regarded as livestock and poultry around the world. China should also not manage them as livestock and poultry.”
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Image credit: Lewis Hamilton