The Chinese government has issued a new draft list of livestock that can be farmed for meat. This comes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, suspected to have originated from wild animals in a wet market in Wuhan. The list of livestock permitted includes dietary staples such as pigs, cows, chickens and sheep, as well as “special livestock” such as alpacas, ostriches and certain species of deer. Not included are species suspected to have spread viruses to humans, such as pangolins, bats and civet cats.
Should other countries that trade in wildlife also be considering this, including South Africa?