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China Approves Ban Of Wild Animal Consumption To Help Fight Coronavirus

by | February 26, 2020

A permanent nationwide ban on the consumption of wild animals has been approved by officials in China.

The legislation was passed into law by The National People’s Congress Standing Committee, as the country continues to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

In addition to no longer allowing wildlife to be eaten, China is also cracking down on the illegal trade of such animals. The industry of trading and consuming wild animals in the country is worth an estimated $74 billion.

“Hidden Dangers”

“There has been a growing concern among people over the consumption of wild animals and the hidden dangers it brings to public health security since the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak,” said Zhang Tiewei, China’s Legislative Affairs Commission spokesman.

The coronavirus death toll is currently close to 2,800, with more than 80,000 cases reported worldwide.

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The outbreak is believed to have started at a seafood market (06photo/Shutterstock.com)

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China Wildlife Trade Ban

Trade and consumption of wildlife was temporarily suspended last month in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The origin of the deadly disease is believed to be a seafood market in the Chinese city of Wuhan — where wild animals are also sold.

Eating endangered species was already illegal in the country, and it has not yet been confirmed which species of animals the new laws will extend to.

Do you think the new laws go far enough to prevent the spread of the disease? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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