Coronavirus has cause China to official banned the consumption of wild animals. Above 2,700 people have died as a result of COVID-19, with another 81,000 cases confirmed globally.
China’s government has now officially banned the trade and consumption of wildlife in a bid to fight COVID-19 epidemic that is fast spreading all over the world since the start of 2020.
It’s no lie that China was the top market for the breeding and selling of wild animals.
The wildlife trade in China is estimated to be a multibillion-dollar industry.
The South China Morning Post, revealed a government-sponsored report published by the Chinese Academy of Engineering found that China’s wildlife trade and consumption industry is valued at US$74 billion (520 billion yuan) and more than 14 million people across the country are employed.
Above half of those employees work in the fur and leather industry, estimated to be valued at US$55 billion (390 billion yuan), while the other half work in breeding farms or processing plants.
On Monday, February 24, China’s top legislative body, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, made the effort to amend China’s Wildlife Protection Law in a move to totally criminalize illegal wildlife trading and consumption of wildlife.
The new ban was enacted with immediate effect. China do not have laws on wildlife protection and conservation, it’s filled with lapses as eating wild animals and captive breeding was permitted for commercial reasons.
“There has been high concern all over the world over the consumption of wild animals and the hidden dangers it can cause to public health security since coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outburst” a legislative spokesman for the Legislative Affairs Commission, Zhang Tiewei informed Reuters.
Zhang added the ban was made at the “critical moment for the coronavirus prevention and control. Crackdown after crackdown measures have been taking place globally after warnings that eating wild animals could cause many dangers and threats to the public health.