China Bans Wildlife Consumption

China Bans Wildlife Consumption

China announced it will ban the consumption of most wild animals and severely crack down on the illegal wildlife trade to help prevent zoonotic disease outbreaks like the new coronavirus, which is rapidly expanding to other countries and has infected over 79,000 people. 

The decision, which was adopted by China’s top legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, sets the stage for further revisions to regulations on wildlife trade, live animal markets, and to China’s 1989 Wildlife Protection Law, which regulates the “breeding, domestication and utilization” of wildlife.

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