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Corona-panicked China deems eating wild animals illegal


07 March 2020  

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BEIJING: Hailing the uncooked and half-cooked meat responsible for the corona outbreak China has decided to ban on the consumption and farming of wild animals

Although it is still not clear which animal transmitted the virus to humans, it is supposed that either of bat, snake and pangolin could be responsible for it.

China has acknowledged it needs to bring its lucrative wildlife industry under control if it is to prevent another outbreak.

In late February, it slapped a temporary ban on all farming and consumption of “terrestrial wildlife of important ecological, scientific and social value,” which is expected to be signed into law later this year.

But ending the trade will be hard. The cultural roots of China’s use of wild animals run deep, not just for food but also for traditional medicine, clothing, ornaments and even pets.

This isn’t the first time Chinese officials have tried to contain the trade. In 2003, civets — mongoose-type creatures — were banned and culled in large numbers after it was discovered they likely transferred the SARS virus to humans. The selling of snakes was also briefly banned in Guangzhou after the SARS outbreak.

But today dishes using the animals are still eaten in parts of China.

(With input from agencies)

Publish Date : 07 March 2020 21:04 PM

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