On Monday this week, China issued a provisional injunction prohibiting wildlife sales to prevent the spread of the new Coronavirus across the country.
The draft law lists nine types of meat authorized for consumption such as pigs, cattle, poultry, rabbits, fish and seafood. This law prohibits the eating of dogs and cats. It is also forbidden to eat farm animals that are not listed on the white list.
So far, 20,000 wildlife breeding farms have been shut down across China, and those who break the rules have been fined up to 20,000 yuan.
Chinese appetites for a wide range of wildlife have long been controversial around the world.many health experts believe eating cats was the reason of outbreaks of various respiratory diseases, including SARS, which killed 800 people 17 years ago.