Is China’s wildlife consumption ban enough?

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.

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