Help keep One Green Planet free and independent! Together we can ensure our platform remains a hub for empowering ideas committed to fighting for a sustainable, healthy, and compassionate world. Please support us in keeping our mission strong.
As more news emerges about the connection between wild animal markets and trade and coronavirus, Chinese citizens are pushing for additional bans. The Chinese government temporarily banned the wildlife trade on January 26 to try to stop the virus.
According to the Washington Post, the restrictions apply to transport and sale of wild animals. Specifically, this means that outdoor markets, supermarkets, restaurants and online outlets are banned from trading animals in any form. The government said that consequences for violations would be “severely” dealt with.
The regulations were released in a joint statement by the the State Forestry and Grasslands Administration, Agriculture Ministry, and the State Administration for Market Regulation. Text of the regulation included, “Consumers should fully understand the health risks of eating wild animals, stay away from ‘game’ and eat healthily.”
From news media reports, it seems that the tradition of eating wild animals is widespread in the country. But with China’s population past 1.4 billion people, the reality is more delicate. Eating wildlife in Beijing is rare but in the southeast, in cities like Guangzhou, its more common. According to the Washington Post, wealthier families tend to consider wildlife delicacies.
In 2014, a study found that in Guangzhou 83% of people had eaten wildlife in the past year, but only 15% in Beijing and 14% in Shanghai had. A National Geographic reporter spoke with two teenagers in Guangzhou who shared that it’s older citizens who eat wild animals, and the younger generation is not as interested. An 18-year old that was interviewed said, “I think after this terrible spread of coronavirus, citizens will realize that the belief that eating wild animals is beneficial is not reliable.”
Experts say that to make a ban permanent it would need “buy-in from citizens,” and that the government would need to financially compensate farmers and traders.
Christian Walzer, chief global veterinarian at the Wildlife Conservation Society, told the Washington Post that the ban needs to be permanent, “Surely it’s time for an advanced country like China to reassess the viability of a tiny industry that risks global pandemic, national image, animal cruelty and Conservation concerns.”
Click here to sign the petition to ban the wildlife trade.
You can avoid getting sick by reducing your dairy and meat consumption. Eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.
Interested in joining the dairy-free and meatless train? We highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.
- Weekly Vegan Meal Plans
- Plant-Based Health Resources
- Plant-Based Food & Recipes
- Plant-Based Nutrition Resources
- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
- Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipes
- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
- Plant-Based Meal Prep
For more Animal, Earth, Life, Vegan Food, Health, and Recipe content published daily, subscribe to the One Green Planet Newsletter! Lastly, being publicly-funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!