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China's epidemic-inspired wildlife ban has had big economic costs

Legal watchdog report says rules have affected the jobs of 250,000 people

New rules forbid the sale and consumption of species both from the wild and bred in captivity, including snakes, porcupines and bamboo rats. (Photo by Caixin)

China's ban on wild animal consumption has affected the jobs of a quarter of a million people since it took effect earlier this year in the wake of the country's coronavirus outbreak, a new report has found.

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