China to amend law on wildlife protection

  • China
  • Tuesday, 11 Feb 2020

A man looking at caged civet cats at a wildlife market in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, China. - AP

BEIJING (Xinhua): China's top legislature will amend the law on the protection of wildlife this year in an effort to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak, an official said Monday (Feb 10).

Efforts will also be made to accelerate the amendment of laws on animal epidemic prevention and other areas, Wang Ruihe, an official with the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, said at a press conference in Beijing.

Potential public health security risks caused by trading and eating wild animals have drawn worldwide concern, Wang said, stressing the need to improve laws and regulations related to wildlife, tighten supervision over law enforcement and toughen the crackdown on wildlife trafficking.

The novel coronavirus is suspected to be related to wildlife.

Despite the proven effects of the law on the protection of wildlife after its revision in 2016, there are still some problems in its implementation, Wang said.

He pointed out that relevant supporting regulations related to the law are yet to be rolled out and improved. Supervision, inspection and law enforcement should be strengthened to ensure that wildlife trade markets are banned and closed.

Wang also stressed the importance of improving the law on the protection of wildlife and other relevant laws and regulations, citing the need to expand the scope of the adjustment to the law and toughen the crackdown on and punishment for the illegal hunting and eating of wild animals.

The Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC Standing Committee will make a decision on the legal issues soon, Wang said. - Xinhua

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

China , wildlife , protection , law


Did you find this article insightful?


Next In Regional

Covid-19: Cases hit a new record with 4,029 increase, bringing total to 155,095 (updated daily)
Covid-19: New record of 4,029 daily cases, eight fatalities bring death toll to 594
WhatsApp to delay launch of update business features after privacy backlash
Myanmar police scuffle with nationalist monk's followers
Leaders pay tribute to Tun Salleh Abas - ‘an icon in Malaysia's legal landscape'
CPO futures to trend lower on profit taking next week
Zahid told to go on garden leave again Premium
Two U.S. military bases in South Korea shelter in place as coronavirus curbs extended nationwide
Let’s get beefed up for wagyu, the meat that melts in your mouth
Democracy in the US in clear and present danger

Stories You'll Enjoy