Although the pandemic is terrifying and tragic, there are some positive side effects to everybody being indoors...

The world is currently facing a serious health crisis.

Since December 2019, the outbreak of the virus has brought our world to a standstill.

The world is currently in a mass panic...

After it was confirmed that the virus had originated from the sale and consumption of wild animals, thoughts turned towards our own furry friends.

Some virus strains are common in certain types of animals...

But this hasn’t stopped the hysteria over our beloved pets catching the virus.

A few months ago, rumors began to spread that cats and dogs could catch the virus...

And with us humans being as over-protective as we are, people went to extreme lengths to protect their beloved pets.

Some people made makeshift facemasks for their pets...

And this poor little cat went viral on Twitter after it’s anonymous owner did this to the confused feline. Unacceptable, we must say.

But things began to get worse...

Last month, reports came in that out of panic of catching the virus, owners in China threw their pets from rooftops.

This came from the false information being spread that cats and dogs could pass on the virus.

5 cats were thrown to their deaths in Shanghai, and 1 dog was found dead in Tianjin City in the Hebei Province.

Even though all animals carry the risk of spreading infections and viruses...

It has been confirmed that there has been no evidence at all to suggest that any animals, including pets, livestock, or wildlife, might be a source of infection.

It is important to stay healthy, of course...

So it has been further recommended to wash hands at all times when around pets and other animals, and to take pets for regular check-ups at the vets.

But there has been an unexpected upside to the pandemic.

As humans stay indoors and stop consuming and polluting, nature has started to heal. Just look at these fish in a Venice canal!

Swans came back too!

It was truly amazing to see.

And that's not all.

Tons of turtles managed to hatch on this beach, undisturbed by human activity.

Even more amusingly?

In a town in Wales, UK, a bunch of mountain goats came to visit.

Crazy stuff.

It seems animals are really benefiting from this lockdown.

There was yet another adorable animal return.

Because it involves some seriously adorable squirrels.

As humans in Santa Monica stay indoors ...

The squirrels have made a triumphant return!

The parks have been deserted.

Except for these cuties, that is!

When the humans are away ...

The squirrels can play!

We're obsessed with these pictures.

Animals can truly enjoy the world now we’re indoors.

Even these lambs were spotted on one lockdown sighting.

A whole bunch of lambs decided to take over a children’s playground.

The video is just adorable.

These lambs are our spirit animals.

And that's not all.

How about this coyote spotted chilling in front of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco?

Or this slightly scary sight.

Mountain lions are prowling people’s front gardens in Boulder, Colorado.

Too cute for words.

A sleepy fox in Texas.

Oh deer!

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Every country has its individual cuisines.

Some are more unique than others.

France is a place where you can try snails.

In Spain, you can try paella.

And in China, you could try eating dog meat.

Yes, really.

Although, this might not be for much longer.

China has plans to stop the slaughtering of dogs for meat.

For many years, the consumption of dog meat has been rife in China.

Eating dog meat is not yet illegal in mainland China.

But, the Chinese government has now signaled towards the consumption of dog meat coming to an end.

It comes as The Ministry of Agriculture released new draft guidelines that have a revised list of livestock animals, that does not include dogs.

The list does, however, include 18 other animals as livestock.

The 18 other animals include cattle, pigs, poultry and camels.

The guidelines by The Ministry of Agriculture described dogs as "specialized companions."

In the draft, they wrote: “As far as dogs are concerned, along with the progress of human civilization and the public concern and love for animal protection, dogs have been ‘specialized’ to become companion animals, and internationally are not considered to be livestock, and they will not be regulated as livestock in China.”

The draft comes after southeastern Chinese town, Shenzhen was the first to introduce a permanent ban of cat and dog meat.

The ban in the city is on the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat.

Despite the delicacy trade thriving in some regions.

It no longer does in Shenzhen, a city 12.5 million residents.

The ruling was explained as 'a requirement of modern society'.

LadBible reported that a spokesperson for the Shenzhen government said, “Dogs and cats as pets have established a much closer relationship with humans than all other animals, and banning the consumption of dogs and cats and other pets is a common practice in developed countries and in Hong Kong and Taiwan.”

The ban comes as China responded to the current pandemic by putting a ban on wild animal markets to prevent people from becoming infected.

With the possibility of it being upgraded to a permanent ban once the pandemic settles.

The possibility of banning dog meat will come with celebrations from many animal rights activists.

Wendy Higgins of Humane Society International (HSI) told The Guardian that the possibility could be a “game-changer moment for animal welfare in China”.

If the ban is signed into law it will save millions of dogs per year.

And also see an effect on the controversial Yulin Dog Meat Festival which happens every year in June.

The declaration shows that the country is beginning to move in the right direction.

Now, we just have to wait and see if the law passes. Keep scrolling to see the adorable pup collecting snacks for his family during lockdown…
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