His Imperial Majesty Alexander IV, may the Almighty God bless his reign, gave Imperial Assent to an Act of Senate proposed by HIH Prince Jaroslav Aleksandrovych, which bans the fishery, trade, possession, and consumption of catfish in the entirety of the Empire.
The Act motivates the ban by the Satanic nature of catfish, which is a hybrid of a fish and a cat, as demonstrated by its fearlessness in water, the presence of both fins and whiskers alike. The Act further cites the yearning of catfish towards the abysm, which follows out of its habit of laying on the bottom of the basin, as a demonstration of its diabolic character and inclination towards evil.
Catfish are considered unclean in both Jewish and Muslim traditions, as referenced in the Act.
The fishery, trade, possession, and consumption of catfish being an inherently un-Pavlovian act, Pavlovian subjects engaging in these activities will lose their subjectship (for plebeians) or lose nobility and be sold into serfdom (for nobles).
When approached by the State Gazette with a request to comment on his reasons for proposing the Act, HIH Prince Jaroslav Aleksandrovych said that "In Pavlov, the physical and spiritual well-being of our subjects is our priority. Catfish are the minions of Satan: it's already bad enough that these diabolic creatures profane our holy waters, but our duty and obligation is to keep the Heaven on Flat Earth catfish-free".
Dr. Peshki Zemëruar, Head of the Department of Cryptoichthyology in the Pavlovian Academy of St Ahmed the Calligrapher, was unable to comment on the quantity, size, and average fertility rate of catfish in Pavlovian territorial waters.