Chinese authorities announced Sunday that trading of wild animals will be suspended nationwide to curb the spreading of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
The ban will become effective immediately and shall not be lifted until the epidemic is declared over, said a joint statement issued by the State Administration for Market Regulation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and the National Forestry and Grassland Administration.
Authorities ordered all sites raising wild animals to be quarantined and forbade the transportation and selling of wild animals from these sites.
Any form of wildlife trade will be strictly prohibited on platforms including marketplaces, supermarkets, dining places and e-commerce sites, according to the statement.
社会各界发现违法违规交易野生动物的，可通过 12315 热线或平台举报。
The public can report any trading of wild animals to 12315 hotlines, the statement said.
Local governments should enhance supervision to prevent violations to the ban. Any businesses and operators breaching the ban shall be shut down. And if the violations are serious enough, the suspects shall be handed over to police for criminal investigation, the statement said.
The public should be fully aware of the health risks in consuming wild animals, it said.
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