A dog meat restaurant in Guangzhou has closed its doors after over 50 years due to low demand and tighter regulations, the Guangzhou Daily reported.

According to neighbours, the Sunshine Restaurant, which was founded in 1963, was one of the most popular restaurants serving dog meat in the area. But thanks to non-stopping campaigns by national and international animal welfare organizations, people have started seeing dogs and cats more like pets than food, leading to a sharp decline in dog-eating costumers and the rise of animal protection laws for them.

Guangzhou authorities said food quality inspectors are going to be more strict with quarantine and food origin certificates.

It is reported that several other dog restaurants in the district have also closed down.

“More and more people have realised the importance of protecting animals and refuse to eat dog meat,” a neighbour told the South China Morning post.

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