Live animals including frogs and turtles are still being sold at markets across China, despite the trade in wild animals being blamed for the global coronavirus pandemic.
Despite the Chinese government banning the breeding, trading and selling of wild animals in February, a full list of animals considered ‘wild’ is still yet to be published.
Traders are still selling animals amid the confusion, arguing the creatures they are trading to the public are not wild.
New pictures show a basket of live frogs for sale at the Xihua Farmer’s Market in Guangzhou.
In another image, turtles are pictured being sold in a net.
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Cows, pigs, poultry and camels are among the animals expected to be exempted from the ban.
Other species including reindeer, alpaca, pheasants, ostriches and foxes are set to have a special label, meaning they too are not on the list and can still be sold.
The government is not expected to release the final list until later this month, so the trade in all animals is continuing for now.
There is still a demand from consumers for frogs, turtles and scorpions at the live markets, although these breeds are expected to be banned in the coming days.
A new law in Shenzhen, which held its infamous dog festival each year, will see the city end the trade in pet meat.
The first reading of the law, which came after criticism from around the world, was held on Friday, May 1.
Covid-19 is widely reported to have come from the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, which was the original epicentre of the disease.
It is also widely agreed that the virus is likely to have originated in bats.
The market in Wuhan has not reopened.