In a statement, the Department of Agriculture reports that dogs have been removed from the list due to major international concerns due to abuses in dog breeding. In addition, dogs are becoming increasingly popular as pets in China, which is why many Chinese people disapprove of eating the animals.
Wildlife sales have been curtailed since February, due to the potential link between a market selling raw wildlife meat in Wuhan city and the outbreak of the new corona virus.
The ministry has not clarified why cats have been removed from the list.
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