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China unveils new list of animals that can be farmed for meat

COVID-19 is thought to have originated at a Wuhan wet market.April 10, 2020, 6:01 PM4 min read The Chinese government released a new list of animals that can be farmed for meat as the country begins to reopen to a new normal following the novel coronavirus outbreak that is thought to have originated in a…

China unveils new list of animals that can be farmed for meat

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COVID-19 is believed to have stemmed at a Wuhan damp market.

Catherine Thorbecke

April 10, 2020, 6: 01 PM

4 min read

The Chinese government launched a brand-new list of animals that can be farmed for meat as the nation starts to resume to a brand-new normal following the novel coronavirus break out that is believed to have actually come from a wet market in Wuhan.

The draft list was launched Thursday by the nation’s Ministry of Farming and Rural Affairs and is offered online for a public comment period.

The list of appropriate livestock and poultry includes 18 species of conventional staples such as pig, cow, chicken, sheep, goat and more.

The federal government file also designates 13 types of “special livestock” such as deer, reindeer, alpaca and others.

It also includes a special category of animals that can be raised for fur but not for food including mink, foxes and raccoons.

China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs noted in a declaration accompanying the list that dogs “have been ‘specialized’ from conventional domestic animals to buddy animals” and should not be consisted of as “livestock” for food.

Chinese officials had initially connected the COVID-19 outbreak to large, live animal markets in Wuhan where a lot of the cases came from.

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Ebola, SARS, bird flu and now COVID-19 are all believed to have actually begun as pathogens crossing from animals to humans The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quotes that about three-quarters of new human diseases stem in animals.

In late February, Chinese lawmakers adopted a decision to forbid the trading of wildlife and eliminate the trade and intake of wild animals after the outbreak emerged, according to the country’s state-run wire service Xinhua

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  • ABC News’ Maggie Rulli and Lindsey Griswold added to this report.


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