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China Daily / 2020-02 / 14 / Page008

To stamp out bush meat, teach kids first

By ZHANG ZHOUXIANG | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2020-02-14 00:00

"The meat of masked civets can be eaten and has long been considered a rare' precious meat from the mountain'," says the Animal Encyclopedia for Children, a science book published by Wuhan University Press.

But following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which has been linked to the consumption of bush meat, a reader complained online that the description was improper; the press responded by withdrawing the book from all shops.

The action is welcomed, as some research shows the virus came from dead bats, while others suspect it might have been transmitted from bats to pangolins and from them to humans.

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