On Monday February 24, 2020, the Chinese Government passed a proposal to ban the trading and eating of all wild animals, aiming at ‘safeguarding public health and ecological security’ after health experts linked the deadly coronavirus to the consumption of wild animals.
According to the official Xinhua news agency, the proposal was passed to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) which aims at banning completely the eating of wild animals and crack down on illegal wildlife trade in China.
The People’s Daily reported that China has not vised it’s wild animal protection law, but the recent passage of the proposal by it’s top legislative committee was ‘essential’ and ‘urgent’ in helping the country fight and win the war against the epidemic that has so far claimed the lives of least 2,628 people globally with 79,700 confirmed cases and spread to at least two dozen countries.
Health experts believe that the deadly disease may have originated in snakes or bats, which are known carriers of coronaviruses.
It was gathered that, the Chinese government had issued a similar eating and trade on wildlife in 2002 after the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus breakout and killed hundreds of people in China.