The Wild Animal Conservation Law of China will be revised this year, Wang Ruihe, an official with the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, announced at a press conference in Beijing on Monday.
Potential public health security risks caused by trading and eating wild animals have drawn worldwide concern, Wang said, adding that efforts have been intensified to toughen the crackdown on and punishment for the illegal hunting and eating of wild animals.
This comes as the country races to fight against the novel coronavirus outbreak, which some experts say may have come from animals, particularly wild animals.
The current law on the protection of wild animals was passed to protect rare species and make the most of the wildlife resources.
Enacted in 1989, the List of Wild Animals under State Priority Conservation has been changed only once in the last 30 years, which was to upgrade the protection level of the musk deer from second-class to first-class in 2003.
Ever since the development of human society, the battle between the ecological civilization and human greed has never ceased.
The consumption of wild animals may lead to over hunting and over killing, breaking the food chain and eventually destroying the ecosystem.
As early as the Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee in 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping pointed out that we should realize that the country’s mountains, rivers, forests, land and lakes form a community of shared life.
Human beings and all other creatures are closely connected in a community of shared life, any short-sighted development at the cost of the environment will mean paying a heavy price, Xi said.
Therefore, the ultimate goal of the law is to protect wild animals who didn’t do anything wrong, yet have no way to claim their right to coexist with us on the planet.