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China's top legislative committee on Monday passed a proposal to ban all trade and consumption of wild animals, a practice believed responsible for the country's deadly coronavirus outbreak.


Beijing is yet to revise its wild animal protection law, but the passage of the proposal was 'essential' and 'urgent' in helping the country win its war against the epidemic.   


Experts believe that the new coronavirus has been passed onto humans by wildlife sold as food, especially bats and snakes. 


Viral footage purports to show a Chinese young woman biting one of a wing of a cooked bat at a restaurant. 


The new policy 'comprehensively bans the consumption of wild animals' and 'will impose heavier punishment' against offenders.  


The official Xinhua news agency said the proposal was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC).


'It aims to completely ban the eating of wild animals and crack down on illegal wildlife trade,' it said.


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



The Standing Committee is responsible for convening the 3,000-member NPC, but it has decided to postpone the annual session due to the health crisis.   


Chinese health officials have said the virus likely emerged from a market in the central city of Wuhan.


Late last month after the epidemic began exploding across the country, China ordered a temporary ban 'until the national epidemic situation is over'.


The deadly Chinese coronavirus outbreak began at the Huanan Seafood Wholesales Market in Wuhan


Skinned chicks at the market


Image shows what appears to be a beaver and a small deer caged at Huanan market


A list of prices for one of the businesses operating at the market showed 'live tree bears' which is the Chinese for 'koala' (circled above)  


The new coronavirus has killed 2,592 people in China, infected some 77,000 so far and paralysed its economy. 


Globally, the coronavirus epidemic has killed at least 2,628 people, infected more than 79,700 and spread to at least two dozen countries. 


Conservationists accuse China of tolerating a shadowy trade in exotic animals for food or use in traditional medicines whose efficacy is not confirmed by science.


Chinese police have detained a suspected smuggler (pictured) after catching him transporting more than a dozen wild animal corpses in a nature reserve during the coronavirus outbreak 


China instituted a similar temporary ban after the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) virus killed hundreds of people in mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-03 and was also traced to wild-animal consumption.


But the wildlife trade soon resumed.


Health experts say it poses a significant and growing public health risk by exposing humans to dangerous animal-borne pathogens.


The exact source of the coronavirus remains unconfirmed, with scientists variously speculating it originated in bats, pangolins, or some other mammal.


Scientists say SARS likely originated in bats, later reaching humans via civets. 


Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk

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China Bans Eating of Wild Animals Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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China's top legislative committee on Monday passed a proposal to ban all trade and consumption of wild animals, a practice believed responsible for the country's deadly coronavirus outbreak.


Beijing is yet to revise its wild animal protection law, but the passage of the proposal was 'essential' and 'urgent' in helping the country win its war against the epidemic.   


Experts believe that the new coronavirus has been passed onto humans by wildlife sold as food, especially bats and snakes. 


Viral footage purports to show a Chinese young woman biting one of a wing of a cooked bat at a restaurant. 


The new policy 'comprehensively bans the consumption of wild animals' and 'will impose heavier punishment' against offenders.  


The official Xinhua news agency said the proposal was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC).


'It aims to completely ban the eating of wild animals and crack down on illegal wildlife trade,' it said.


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



The Standing Committee is responsible for convening the 3,000-member NPC, but it has decided to postpone the annual session due to the health crisis.   


Chinese health officials have said the virus likely emerged from a market in the central city of Wuhan.


Late last month after the epidemic began exploding across the country, China ordered a temporary ban 'until the national epidemic situation is over'.


The deadly Chinese coronavirus outbreak began at the Huanan Seafood Wholesales Market in Wuhan


Skinned chicks at the market


Image shows what appears to be a beaver and a small deer caged at Huanan market


A list of prices for one of the businesses operating at the market showed 'live tree bears' which is the Chinese for 'koala' (circled above)  


The new coronavirus has killed 2,592 people in China, infected some 77,000 so far and paralysed its economy. 


Globally, the coronavirus epidemic has killed at least 2,628 people, infected more than 79,700 and spread to at least two dozen countries. 


Conservationists accuse China of tolerating a shadowy trade in exotic animals for food or use in traditional medicines whose efficacy is not confirmed by science.


Chinese police have detained a suspected smuggler (pictured) after catching him transporting more than a dozen wild animal corpses in a nature reserve during the coronavirus outbreak 


China instituted a similar temporary ban after the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) virus killed hundreds of people in mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-03 and was also traced to wild-animal consumption.


But the wildlife trade soon resumed.


Health experts say it poses a significant and growing public health risk by exposing humans to dangerous animal-borne pathogens.


The exact source of the coronavirus remains unconfirmed, with scientists variously speculating it originated in bats, pangolins, or some other mammal.


Scientists say SARS likely originated in bats, later reaching humans via civets. 


Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk

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