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Parliamentary questions
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11 June 2020
E-003516/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Eva Kaili (S&D)
 Subject: Closing markets selling wildlife for consumption in China

According to a report by the Independent, the WHO is under intense pressure from wildlife and public health protection organisations to urge China to enact a legal framework to ban markets where live wild animals are sold for their meat. More specifically, it refers to the consumption of meat from snakes, bats, turtles and other wild animals, which can transmit viruses to humans, which - as we have seen - can develop into pandemics. In these markets, the animals are sold live or slaughtered on the spot under appalling hygienic conditions.

Given that previous epidemics, such as Ebola in 2014 and SARS in 2009-2010, are linked to wildlife consumption, will the Commission say:

Will it raise the issue in future trade negotiations with China and put pressure on that country, given that this practice is now a source of danger with international implications?

Original language of question: EL
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