Can new laws change China’s taste for wildlife?

A butcher sells yak meat at a market in Beijing on Jan 15, 2020.
A butcher sells yak meat at a market in Beijing on Jan 15, 2020.PHOTO: AFP

With the passage of new laws on Monday (Feb 24) banning outright the trade and consumption of wild animals, many believe the virus outbreak will sound the death knell for an industry that has far reaching ecological and public health consequences. 

But in a country with a deeply ingrained belief in the medical properties of certain animal parts and where wild game remains a delicacy, this could either push the problem underground or overseas. 

Please or to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM.

Enjoy unlimited access to ST's best work

  • Exclusive stories and features on multiple devices
  • In-depth analyses and opinion pieces
  • ePaper and award-winning multimedia content