How effective are China’s attempts to reduce the risk of wildlife spreading disease to humans?

Progress, loopholes and contradictions converge as the world’s most populous country works to lower the odds of another global pandemic.

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Photo courtesy of Nina Bazza from Wikimedia, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
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Bamboo rats being raised for food were slaughtered en masse earlier this year to help reduce future pandemic risk — while other wild animals raised for fur and medicine were not banned by government edicts. Photo courtesy of Michael Standaert
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Countless facilities for raising bamboo rats stand empty in the wake of Chinese government initiatives to reduce the threat of zoonotic disease from farmed wild animals. Photo courtesy of Michael Standaert
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