China: Wuhan bans citizens from eating wildlife meat for five years

Pablo Tucker
May 22, 2020

On Feb. 24, 2020 the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress banned wild animal consumption for food.

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Both steps are part of China's ongoing efforts to stem the transmission of viruses from animals to humans.

The good news for people who are extremely concerned over the eating habits of China and animal lovers who had been mounting pressure on China to stop the illegal wildlife trade which is blamed by many for the coronavirus pandemic.

CBS News reported that Wuhan has also just banned virtually all hunting of wild animals within its limits, declaring Wuhan "a wildlife sanctuary", with the exception of government-sanctioned hunting for "scientific research, population regulation, monitoring of epidemic diseases and other special circumstances". The markets occasionally sell wildlife.

There are over 2,300 licensed breeders in the province according to state-run Jiangxi Daily newspaper.

Hunan and Jiangxi, both major wildlife breeding provinces, promised this week to release captive animals into the wild wherever possible, and will pay hunters and breeders to switch to other professions. The initial rollout covers 14 species of farmed wildlife and offers farmers subsidies for each species, such as $88 per porcupine; $84 per civet cat; $17 per kilogram of cobra, king rattle, or rat snakes; $10 per kilogram of bamboo rat; $53 per wild goose; and $346 per Chinese muntjac deer.

In Jiangxi, authorities will help farmers dispose of animals and provide financial aid.

Their stock is worth about 1.6 billion yuan ($225 million), the report said.

Though it hasn't been confirmed, one of the suspected sources of the virus is the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which had a live animal section reportedly selling everything from live wolf pups to scorpions.

Wuhan's newly-imposed ban implements strict limitations on wild animal breeding, and raising wildlife for food is completely forbidden.

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