Vietnam bans wildlife trade in the hopes of preventing the next pandemic

Yvonne O'Halloran

In an effort to reduce the risk of future pandemics, Vietnam has banned the import of wildlife and wildlife products.

These products include pangolin scales, rhino horns and elephant ivory, which are sometimes used in traditional Chinese and Vietnamese medicine.

Covid-19 is believed to have its origins in the wildlife trade, with the virus having been spread to humans from animals. The often-unsanitary conditions that animals are transported and sold in as part of the wildlife trade are breeding grounds for deadly diseases such as coronavirus, which can then easily be passed on to humans.

In an order released on the Vietnamese government website, it was stated that: “The prime minister orders the suspension of imports of wildlife – dead or alive – their eggs… parts or derivatives,”

 “All citizens, especially officials… must not participate in illegal poaching, buying, selling, transporting… of illegal wildlife.”

 Vietnam will also “resolutely eliminate market and trading sites which trade wildlife illegally”.

Neighboring China has also announced that it will ban the trade and consumption of wild animals, to lower the risk of future virus outbreaks.

This is certainly a step in the right direction, for human safety and also for giving animals freedom from exploitation and abuse.

Article written by Martha Moody- United Kingdom

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