Associated Press

Associated Press 13 Feb 2020

Virus safety concerns about wild animal slaughter


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)

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.
As wildfires rage in Australia, volunteers from the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services are attempting to help as many wild animals caught up on the fires as possible.
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