China Will Now ‘Severely Punish’ the Selling, Eating of Wild Animals

Sunday, 01 Mar, 2020

Health experts have reportedly criticized China's trade of exotic animals for food saying that posed a significant threat to public health as it exposed consumers to unsafe pathogens. Farms that breed and transport wildlife were also quarantined and shut down.

China yesterday declared an immediate and "comprehensive" ban on the trade and consumption of wild animals, a practice believed to be responsible for the coronavirus outbreak. The outbreak at the time was additionally linked to wild-animal consumption. Earlier in 2002-2003, during the "SARS" virus outbreak, a temporary ban was imposed on the trade and consumption of wild animals.

In accordance with state newspaper Folks's Day by day, the passage of the proposal was "important" and "pressing" in serving to China win the battle in opposition to the epidemic, albeit Beijing is but to revise its wild animal safety legislation.

Many academics, environmentalists and residents in China have joined global conservation groups in calling for a permanent ban.

"The state health committee received from 31 provinces (areas, cities of central subordination) information about 78,824 confirmed cases of infection with the new type of coronavirus, including 39,919 people who are now sick (7,952 are in serious condition), 36,117 people were discharged from hospitals, 2,788 died", the committee said.

The wildlife trade is even estimated to be a multibillion dollar industry.

Since the outbreak of corona-virus, the Chinese economy is in shambles.

China Will Now ‘Severely Punish’ the Selling, Eating of Wild Animals
China Will Now ‘Severely Punish’ the Selling, Eating of Wild Animals

Three-quarters of new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals, according to the CDC.

The report added that the measure was aimed at "safeguarding public health and ecological security".

"This will help stop the sale of wildlife and prevent humans from coming in contact with them and thus greatly reduce the chances of animal-to-human disease transmission".

Genetic evidence suggests that the new coronavirus nearly certainly originated in bats, which passed it to another animal.

Police look at items seized from store suspected of trafficking wildlife in Guangde city in central China's Anhui Province. Numerous first people to fall ill in December 2019 were exposed to wildlife at the Huanan seafood wholesale market, where animals including poultry, snakes, and bats were sold. Sought after for use in traditional medicine and folk remedies, "There is no scientific evidence showing that pangolin scales are effective as a treatment", the South China Morning Post reported in 2018.

"If we heed the warning not only will we protect human life but we could actually save species like pangolins", he added.