BBC: Coronavirus - China wildlife trade ban should be permanent

4 February, 2020

Extracts and a comment from me below. Full text here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51310786

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Campaigners have urged China to apply a permanent ban on the wildlife trade following the coronavirus outbreak.

Markets selling live animals are considered a potential source of diseases that are new to humans...

Campaigners say that China's demand for wildlife products, which find uses in traditional medicine, or as exotic foods, is driving a global trade in endangered species...

China is the biggest market for both legal and illegal wildlife products. "We are suddenly exposing ourselves to totally new viruses we have never been in contact with in the past...

"This health crisis must serve as a wake-up call for the need to end the unsustainable use of endangered animals and their parts, as exotic pets, for food consumption and for their perceived medicinal value," WWF said in a statement.

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Comment (Neil PW): It would be ironic and tragic if Chinese medicine turns out to have been the driver for the current coronavirus outbreak. We shall hopefully learn more over the coming days.

Best wishes, Neil

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