Since the Covid-19 outbreak, many Chinese provinces and cities have imposed strict bans on trading and consuming of wildlife, a move designed to protect public health.
Yesterday, the Yunnan provincial government vowed to fully ban illegal trading and hunting of wildlife. A regulation was put forward by the Yunnan government which stipulates a full ban on illegal trading of wildlife as of July. This includes an end to the habit of eating wildlife and a crackdown on cross-border illegal trading and smuggling of wildlife. This is a significant challenge as Yunnan sees more illegal trading of wildlife than most Chinese provinces, given its long shared border with neighboring countries Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar.
The move also includes ecological preservation and establishing a system to trace violators. Police in Yunnan regularly bust cases involving the illegal trading of rare and endangered animals and wildlife products. Last February, 31 pieces of ivory, two pangolin scales and the skull of a helmeted hornbill were seized in Kunming. In 2016 an animal smuggling ring of record proportions was broken up.
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