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China’s Wild-Animal Ban Hits Farmers of Deer But Not Snakes

  • Ban on “artificial” herds hits thousands of small farmers
  • New rules designed to stop transmission of viruses to humans
Coils of dried snakes at a market in Bozhou, Anhui Province.
Coils of dried snakes at a market in Bozhou, Anhui Province.Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

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China’s ban on trading wild animals is hitting farmers who rear animals for meat, underlining the difficulty of curbing a market that officials say was the cause of the coronavirus that has killed more than 2,000 people in the country.