Coronavirus: Why an Outright Ban of Wildlife Trade Could Be Counterproductive
The National Interest -

David Natusch, Graham Alexander, Ngo Van Tri, Patrick Aust

Economics, World

Here's why.

The wildlife trade has long been closely linked to disease outbreaks. It has been implicated in the SARS epidemic of 2002, Ebola in 2013 and now in the COVID-19 coronavirus.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, China has tentatively banned the farming of many wildlife species. The move has been celebrated by many in the international community.

But our work in Asia over the past ten years tells a different...

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