Do China’s Changes Go Far Enough?

Since the pandemic began, China has enacted several new regulations aimed at stopping the spread disease from animals to humans, including a ban on breeding terrestrial wildlife for meat consumption.
But critics say the laws aren’t nearly sweeping enough. It’s still legal to raise wildlife for fur and traditional medicine‚ though the risks to public health are similar to raising animals for meat.
Before the pandemic, the wildlife trade was promoted as a way to alleviate poverty—now meat farmers are deep in debt after being forced to cull their animals.
“Over 10 years of savings and hard work gone overnight,” says one bamboo rat farmer.

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