China says it will ban the trade in wild animals, like bats, believed to be behind the Wuhan coronavirus, and tighten supervision on 'wet markets'
China said it will ban illegal wildlife markets and trade in light of the Wuhan coronavirus, which has killed at least 426 people and infected more than 20,000. Experts believe the Wuhan coronavirus likely started in a wet market, where live and dead animals are often sold in poorly regulated conditions. The ban on wildlife markets is just one of a number of initiatives China is taking in response to the novel coronavirus. China also swiftly built two hospitals to accommodate the gorwing number of patients, and put entire cities under quarantine. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
China is looking to ban illegal wildlife trade and escalate supervision on "wet markets" in light of the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus. The Wuhan coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is likely to have started in a wet market in Wuhan in the Chinese province of Hubei. The markets are known for selling both live and dead animals, often in poorly regulated conditions. The outbreak has killed 425 people in China and one in the Philippines and infected more than 20,000 people worldwide. The Politburo Standing Committee, the most powerful body of the Chinese Communist Party issued a statement Monday recognizing its "shortcomings" in its response to the outbreak, adding that it will "severely crack down" on illegal wildlife markets and trade in light of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. "It is necessary to strengthen market supervision, resolutely ban and severely crack down on illegal wildlife markets and trade, and control major public health risks from the source," the committee said in the statement. The Wuhan coronavirus is a zoonotic disease, meaning that it originated in animals. Experts believe the novel coronavirus spread from bats, to snakes, to people. China initially imposed a ban on live animal sales in the city of Wuhan in light of the outbreak. The ban is just one of a number of initiatives China is imposing to prevent the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, including panic-building two hospitals and introducing unprecedented quarantines throughout the country. China's crackdown on the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus comes after the country was criticized for its response to the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in the early 2000s. China kept quiet on the spread of the disease, later issuing an apology for its response to the outbreak as the number of infected people and the death toll grew.
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Wuhan has banned eating wild animals and nearby provinces are offering farmers cash to stop breeding exotic livestock
Wuhan has banned the eating of wild animals, with officials declaring the city a "wildlife sanctuary."...Wuhan has banned the eating of wild animals, with officials declaring the city a "wildlife sanctuary." Neighboring Hunan and Jiangxi have announced plans to stop farmers from breeding exotic animals, with cash offered for current stock. China's fur trade will continue, though, and wild animals can still be reared for medicine, entertainment, and scientific research, according to Reuters. The new measures are part of China's efforts to stem the transmission of zoonotic diseases from animals to humans. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Wuhan, China, has banned the eating of wild animals and farmers in neighboring regions are being offered cash incentives to stop breeding exotic livestock. Both steps are part of China's ongoing efforts to stem the transmission of viruses from animals to humans. On Wednesday, authorities in Wuhan, a city of 11 million in Hubei and the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, announced eating wild animals would be banned, according to CBS News. Wuhan would become a "wildlife sanctuary," officials said, with a citywide prohibition on hunting except for "scientific research, population regulation, monitoring of epidemic diseases and other special circumstances," according to the Independent. Before it was shuttered in January, merchants at Wuhan's Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market sold and slaughtered beavers, porcupines, and baby crocodiles, National Geographic reported. Other so-called "wet markets" reopened after the citywide lockdown was lifted, according to ABC News. Hunan and Jiangxi, which both border Hubei, have also set out plans to change livestock practices. In Hunan, farmers are being encouraged to breed domestic livestock or grow herbs for tea and medicine. One-off payments will be provided for current exotic stock, according to AFP. Civets, long-tailed cats believed to have carried Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) to humans in the early 2000s, fetch 600 yuan, or about $80, AFP reported. A kilogram of rat snake or cobra is worth about $16. In Jiangxi, authorities will help farmers dispose of animals and provide financial aid. The province has more than 2,300 licensed breeders of exotic animals, according to state-run paper Jiangxi Daily, generating about $225 million in sales in 2018. Peter Li, a China specialist for Humane Society International, told AFP he thought Chinese authorities were moving in the right direction. But the current plans still allow exotic animals to be reared for fur, entertainment, and traditional Chinese medicine. China has been cracking down on the country's wildlife trade since the pandemic started. COVID-19 is widely theorized to have originated in bats, which could also be a source for SARS and Ebola, according to Reuters. In February, China's parliament issued a temporary ban on the trade and consumption of wildlife, Business Insider previously reported. These latest efforts show regions implementing plans in advance of legislation being signed into law.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdown
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In China and Asia, most do not trade in exotic or wild animals and should not...In China and Asia, most do not trade in exotic or wild animals and should not be confused with ‘wildlife markets’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAt the crack of dawn every day, “wet markets” in China and across Asia come to life, with stall owners touting their wares such as fresh meat, fish, fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices in an open-air setting.The sights and sounds of the wet market form part of the rich tapestry of community life, where local people buy affordable food, or just go for a stroll and meet their neighbours for a chat. The markets have come under extra scrutiny following the coronavirus outbreak. Continue reading...