Customers line up outside a store suspected of selling trafficked wildlife in Anji city in Zhejiang on January 17. Chinese law allows the captive breeding of wildlife for commercial purposes, provided that companies obtain a licence from provincial authorities. But such licences are often used to cover up illegal trade. Photo: Anti-Poaching Special Squad via AP
Chiu-Ti Jansen
Opinion

Opinion

Chiu-Ti Jansen

China must outlaw the trade and consumption of exotic animals, not only to protect endangered species, but also for the health of mankind

  • The outbreak of the Wuhuan coronavirus, also linked to a market where wildlife was sold for food, once again highlights the lack of regulation of wildlife trade. Considering the huge costs to health and the economy, it’s time to ban the trade permanently
Customers line up outside a store suspected of selling trafficked wildlife in Anji city in Zhejiang on January 17. Chinese law allows the captive breeding of wildlife for commercial purposes, provided that companies obtain a licence from provincial authorities. But such licences are often used to cover up illegal trade. Photo: Anti-Poaching Special Squad via AP
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