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Can Asia's infectious disease-producing wildlife trade be stopped?

9 monthes ago   |   By Grist

For the past 40 years, the Chinese government has promoted the wild animal trade as a form of rural economic development. But the industry ground to a halt this winter when it became clear that the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan originated in a “wet market” - where throngs of customers shop for live animals held in cramped quarters.
When this connection emerged in January, the government ordered a freeze on the sale and consumption of wild animals, which was stiffly enforced - 700 people were arrested for violations in the first two weeks of February. On February 24, the government initiated a...
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