china's ban on wildlife trade could become law thanks to coronavirus

china's ban on wildlife trade could become law thanks to coronavirus

COVID-19 is one of the innumerable emerging infectious diseases that originate from animals. called zoonotic diseases, they account about 75% of emerging infectious illnesses. human behavior, like habitat destruction and international wildlife trade, is usually the cause of the spread of these diseases to humans. up to today, this is what we know happened with the novel coronavirus in the chinese city of wuhan, a hub in lucrative trade in wildlife both legal and illegal.

china's ban on wildlife trade could become law thanks to coronavirus
pangolins — the most-trafficked animal on the planet
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commonly found in bats, the COVID-19 is part of the coronaviruses family. experts suspect that it passed to humans through pangolins — the most-trafficked animal on the planet — in the wuhan market where wild-caught animals, farm-raised wild species and livestock frequently coexist in unsanitary conditions. the pandemic has forced china to create a ban on eating and trading wildlife that could become a law within the next three months.

china's ban on wildlife trade could become law thanks to coronavirus



the ban first appeared in late january as COVID-19 cases started surging in wuhan, even if this origin has been questioned lately. this is something conservationists have been working on trying to end the wildlife trade. at first it was intended to lower the decline of threatened species, but after all that’s been happening, it is evident that it would also aid humans.


similar bans have faded away in the past but the world conservation society (WCS) says that talks with partners in china leads them to believe the country will pass the law within a few months. ‘if it’s not into the law it won’t be permanent. if it is into the law, it will be further force for enforcement and provide a legal foundation for government to further educate people and alert people to change their behavior,’ says aili kang from the WCS.

  • they should let these animals be free and out in the wild not food or fur.

  • we cycled through remote parts on China on our big adventure started in April 2017 and what we saw is something that the new ban/law won’t have any impact in those remote areas and also in more modern cities.
    It’s not just wild animals, it is also pets and how in China animals in general are treated. We camped in forests where you can’t hear any bird or even a fly… there were no sign of life in general. We saw dogs for sale kept in small cages and many of them were far too young to be taken away from their mother (this was in Guilin’s City just outside a big market place).
    We saw wild fur for sale which is already ban but still for sale and also shops which can make you shiver from all these animal parts on display which are sold for curing diseases and any sort of problem.
    I am afraid but I don’t think that this will be enough…what about people who are buying them? Are they only chinese? I don’t believe so… if China only in 2020 and because of the COVID-19 has decided to ban selling exotic animals it’s not enough, they should change more than that.

  • It will be proborally be too late as we turn into a PLASTIC SPASTIC SOCIETY breathing and eating money as way of life. At least it may help this planet a little too late to recover with Humans destroying what they cannot create. Dog Bless. [email protected]

    Jan Anthonisz
  • I do not doubt the intent of the law. But just yesterday, I just read that Wuhan markets are selling (exotic) animals again.


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