It also states that the use of wild animals for non-edible purposes, including scientific research, medical use, and display, will be subject to strict examination, approval and quarantine inspection procedures.
Trade and consumption of wild animals -a multibillion-dollar industry that employs millions of people in China- have aroused huge public concerns following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, as experts suggested wild animals are likely to be the source of the virus.
The new coronavirus, first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late December, has killed more than 2,600 people and infected more than 79,500 worldwide.
It has spread to more than two dozen countries, but nearly 99 percent of the deaths and infections have been reported in mainland China.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, mainly because of fears that the virus could spread to countries with weaker health systems.