China legislators take on wildlife trade, but traditional medicine likely to be exempt
This picture taken on January 15, 2020 shows a butcher selling yak meat at a market in Beijing.
NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images
As China’s parliament prepares new laws to ban the trade and consumption of wildlife, local action plans published this week suggest the country’s fur trade and lucrative traditional medicine sectors will continue as usual.
After identifying exotic animals traded in a Wuhan market as the most likely source of Covid-19, Beijing imposed a temporary ban on the wildlife trade in late January. Parliament followed up in February with a resolution promising to enshrine a permanent ban in law.
Though legislative changes are expected to be discussed at the national session of parliament starting on Friday, regions are already taking action to implement the February ruling.
Hunan and Jiangxi, both major wildlife breeding provinces, promised this week to release …continued .
[Source: CNBC News]