BEIJING: The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs is seeking public opinion on a revised list of edible animal species in the latest effort to distinguish between livestock and wildlife.The move came after the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress decided in February to crack down on the illegal consumption of wildlife.
In a circular posted on its website recently, the ministry said it had drafted a new version of the National Catalogue of Livestock and Poultry Genetic Resources in light of the NPC Standing Committee’s decision.
It is welcoming public feedback on the draft, including proposed changes, until May 8.
The draft catalogue lists 18 traditional livestock and poultry species (including pigs, cattle, chickens and ducks) and 13 special species, whose breeding and consumption would be subject to anti-epidemic and other rules prescribed in the country’s Livestock Law.
One special species on the existing list, rabbits, has been moved to the traditional species list in the draft catalogue.
Most of the animals labelled as “special species” in the new list – including ostriches, silver foxes and minks – were not included in the previous version of the catalogue, even though they have been domesticated and bred for decades and are central to extensive industry chains.
In a policy interpretation, the ministry said the revision is an important step in carrying out the NPC Standing Committee’s resolution, which aims to ban the consumption of nearly all wild animals falling outside the list, including the wild relatives of catalogued species. — China Daily/ANN
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