Is China’s wildlife consumption ban enough?

China has banned the consumption of wildlife in an effort to reduce the risk of deadly viruses spreading from wildlife sold in markets. ©Photocapy

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak, China has banned the consumption of wildlife, hoping to stop the spread of zoonotic diseases into human populations. But does that ban go far enough? In a letter in the journal Science, a group of academics warns that the ban is only the beginning.

“In addition to enacting a ban, the Chinese government should manage public health risks caused by wildlife-associated diseases by working together with wildlife protection and animal health agencies and making decisions about wildlife policies based on scientific evidence, the write.

Read the letter in Science.