According to VN Express International, the Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam ordered the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to “draft a directive to ban these activities.” The directive must be submitted no later than April 1st.
If the coronavirus continues to be an issue and the directive goes into place, Vietnam will likely follow-through with the ban of the wildlife trade, a huge win for vegans and the animals!
The Vietnam Wildlife group also urged the Prime Minister to take action against the wildlife trade, highlighting the threats of the coronavirus in an open letter.
How Would A Wildlife Ban Help The Coronavirus?
Aside from the obvious win for the animals, the wildlife ban is intended to help humanity slow the pandemic known as COVID-19. The Prime Minister ordered the directive in lieu of the coronavirus pandemic. VN Express International says, “Wild animals have been identified as the link allowing the novel coronavirus to jump to humans, similar to the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2002 and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in 2012.”
As COVID-19 is rapidly spreading and is declared a pandemic, every country is urged to take steps to slow the spread and protect the elderly and immunocompromised.
“We have called every day for countries to take urgent and aggressive action. We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
In addition to the wildlife ban, Vietnam is also placing travel bans and suspending visas to avoid the spread of COVID-19.