China Bans Wild Animal Trade to Fight Coronavirus

Chinese state media reported on Monday that the sale of wild animals and consumption of their meat has been banned to slow the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, which is generally believed to have spread from animals to humans. The wild animal trade in China is valued at almost $75 billion and employs over 14 million people.

This photo taken on February 8, 2020 shows a vendor selling bats at the Tomohon Extreme Meat market on Sulawesi island, as business is booming and curious tourists keep arriving to check out exotic fare that enrages animal rights activists. - Bats, rats and snakes are still being sold at …