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China releases list of farm-approved animals

Following reports that the Covid-19 virus originated from a food market in Wuhan, where bats were available for human consumption, the Chinese government have issued a list of animals that are safe for agricultural and food purposes.

Most notably, the ‘farm-approved’ document has omitted animals such as cats, dogs and bats.

Farm approved

From this document, the list of farm-approved animals is as follows:

  • Pigs;
  • Common cattle, tumour cattle, buffaloes, yaks, large cattle;
  • Sheep, goats;
  • Horses;
  • Donkey;
  • Camels;
  • Rabbit;
  • Poultry;
  • Plum Deer;
  • Horse deer;
  • Reindeer;
  • Alpaca;
  • Pearl Chicken;
  • Pheasants;
  • Greenhead Duck;
  • Ostrich;
  • Otter (non-edible);
  • Silver Fox (non-edible);
  • Blue Fox (non-edible);
  • Slug (non-edible).


The Chinese Government stated, “These regulations are formulated for the purposes of strengthening the administration of agricultural genetically modified organisms safety, safeguarding human health and animal safety, plants and microorganisms, protecting the ecological environment, and promoting the research into technologies of agricultural genetically modified organisms.”

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