- The ban was made to “safeguard public health and ecological security.”
- Markets selling wild animals were closed down shortly after the ban was announced.
- The ban should be made permanent, according to WildAid charity CEO Peter Knights.
The Chinese government approved the proposed ban in the consumption of wild animals, as well as its illegal trade. This came into light with the spread of the novel coronavirus (covid-19), which originated in the country with wild animals believed to be the source.
The National People’s Congress Standing Committee gave the green light for the “safeguard public health and ecological security.”
The Chinese media reported that the approval aims to “completely ban the eating of wild animals” while also “cracking down on illegal trade of wildlife.”
The use of wild animals for medicine, scientific research, and exhibition is not banned but they will have to go through stricter examination and approval process.
The ban was swiftly implemented. Just hours after the ban was announced by China’s top level of parliament, markets across the country were closed down. These stores sell a wide range of species, including civet cats, pangolin, badgers, turtles, and peacocks.
The ban does not cover animals bred for consumption, which include rabbits, quail, and pigeons.
Last month, markets selling wild animals were clamped down by the authorities. They were able to confiscate more than 28,000 animals such as mink, snakes, and bats.
It did not, however, end wildlife sales permanently.
The Chinese people’s practice of eating wild animals made headlines during the onslaught of the coronavirus.
The move was thoroughly welcomed. Peter Knights, chief executive of the US-based WildAid charity, said that the ban should be permanent.
“The tremendous health and economic risks of wildlife consumption massively outweigh the small profits made by sellers and breeders. We hope China can set a strong precedent for the whole of Asia and hopefully influence the many African countries that are impacted by the illegal wildlife trade to follow suit.”
Let’s Admit It, Coronavirus is “Made in China,” Says Australian Editor
He also warned about another possible outbreak if the country continues with the same mistakes.
- A Sydney Morning Herald editor wrote a sequel of his editorial "Chinese Virus Pandamonium, telling the world to admit the fact that coronavirus was made by China.
- The newspaper's previous editorial earned ire from the Chinese government, describing it as "racist".
- Peter Hartcher, the editor, also warned of another possible outbreak in the future, if China continues covering-up or censoring the truth.
Coronavirus is the Worst Crisis Ever Faced by China, Says Analysts
Experts are describing the coronavirus outbreak as a “crisis of Chernobyl proportions.”
- According to many political analysts, coronavirus is the worst crisis ever faced by the Chinese government.
- More citizens are clamoring for transparency and freedom of speech.
- President Xi Jinping has rarely made public appearances since the outbreak began.
People in Wuhan Suspected of Having Coronavirus Are Allegedly Locked in Their Own Homes “To Starve and Die”
Screams and cries for help can be heard from the inside.
- According to reports, homes of people being suspected of having coronavirus were being barricaded, leaving the residents to starve and die.
- A video showed authorities locking up an apartment unit, where screams and cries for help can be heard.
- Another showed a woman desperately calling for help for her dying husband.