Today: Wednesday, 8 April 2020 year

China bans selling, eating wild animals to curb COVID19 spread

China bans selling, eating wild animals to curb COVID19 spread

China’s parliament banned eating and selling wildlife meat. As Independent reported, the Asian country is a turning point in the cultural attitudes towards regulating the wildlife meat industry. The spread of COVID19 made the authorities to take unpopular measures.

Since Wednesday, all menus in China don’t include wildlife meat. The new regulations approved by the Chinese government ban eating and selling this kind of food. The blacklist including badgers, deer and peacocks in an attempt to curtail the spread of the COVID19.

As the Ministry of Health reported on Wednesday, the order resulted in the closure of open-air markets selling wildlife. However, the restriction does not extend to animals bred for consumption in captivity.

The coronavirus is said to have been transmitted by wild animals to humans through a market in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, and reinforces a re-evaluation of how wild animals are slaughtered and traded, particularly in China.

Meanwhile, the international fora do its best to help China in its fighting the coronavirus. The US President has praised his Chinese counterpart’s work, even as his advisers have questioned the reliability of the information Beijing has shared on COVID19.

“The Trump administration continues to take the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease very seriously. Today, the administration is transmitting to Congress a [R38bn] supplemental funding plan to accelerate vaccine development, support preparedness and response activities and to procure much-needed equipment and supplies,” said Rachel Semmel, a spokesperson for the White House Office of Management and Budget.