The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, closed on January 1, is thought to be ground zero in the spread of the deadly coronavirus named 2019-nCoV. Photo: AFP
Peter J. Li
Opinion

Opinion

Peter J. Li

First Sars, now the Wuhan coronavirus. Here’s why China should ban its wildlife trade forever

  • Both coronaviruses are linked to live animal markets, where sick, injured and dying animals are sold as exotic foods but end up transmitting disease
  • For too long, wildlife traders have been allowed to hide behind empty claims of medicine or conservation. It’s time to ban the unsavoury trade permanently
The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, closed on January 1, is thought to be ground zero in the spread of the deadly coronavirus named 2019-nCoV. Photo: AFP
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