Some scientists suspect wild animals sold in a market were the source of the coronavirus pandemic, that has killed more than 48,000 lives worldwide so far, while others argue it was in circulation elsewhere in Wuhan even earlier.
At least 14,000 people have been bitten by stray dogs in the last eight months, while the municipality struggles to address both public anger and pro-dog advocacy of animal rights groups.
The decision follows a public consultation that found overwhelming support for banning third-party sales of puppies and kittens to protect the animals from exploitation.
Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy, who adopted five strays during the Sochi Games, says the South Korea farm is "one of the saddest places" he has ever been. At least 2 million dogs are slaughtered and eaten each year in Korea.
An animal welfare group in South Korea makes deals with dog farm owners to save dogs from dinner bowls in exchange for compensation as Seoul government orders closure of some dog meat markets.
Jennifer Appel, Tasha Fuiaba and their two dogs were rescued by the US Navy after a Taiwanese fishing vessel saw their boat stranded 900 miles off the coast of Japan.
Head of Istanbul's veterinary services help residents to adopt dogs, instead of buying pets
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