Vietnam To Ban The Wildlife Trade To Protect Against Coronavirus

by | March 13, 2020

Vietnam is set to follow in China’s footsteps and ban the trade and consumption of wildlife in the country.

The Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc has given the orders to draft legislation for a country-wide ban by April 1st.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been tasked with creating the new law, which several non-profit organizations have campaigned for.

“Viruses Will Continue To Move From Wildlife To People”

“The lesson from SARS and now COVID-19 are clear,” said the non-profits in a letter to the Prime Minister.

“New viruses will continue to move from wildlife to people while illegal wildlife trade and wildlife consumption continue.”

The ban is intended to help slow the spread of coronavirus, as well as to protect against similar outbreaks in the future.

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The wildlife trade will soon be illegal in Vietnam (kunanon/Shutterstock.com)

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Coronavirus Wildlife Ban

At the end of February, China announced a ban on the consumption of wild animals. Government officials also promised to crack down on the already illegal industry of selling and buying wildlife.

“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,” said Zhang Tiewei, a spokesperson for China’s Legislative Affairs Commission.

Coronavirus was recently declared to be a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

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