The source of the deadly coronavirus has been traced to wild animals, such as bats and pangolins.
Likewise, the SARS outbreak nearly 20 years ago was traced to wildlife -- civet cats.
To prevent humans and wildlife crossing paths again, China's lawmakers are stepping up efforts to ban hunting, selling, buying and using protected animals and their products.
CGTN's Elaine Reyes talked to Teresa Telecky, the vice president of the wildlife department at Humane Society International.
Many people in China are calling for a temporary ban on the wildlife trade to be made permanent to help contain the coronavirus. (Feb. 14) U.S. President Donald Trump talks about China and Afghanistan at the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, February 4.
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