Wuhan bans eating of wild animals

Pablo Tucker
May 23, 2020

Wuhan China, the city of 11 million people where scientists now believe the coronavirus first began, has just announced it is banning the consumption of wild animal species for the next five years.

Local authorities of Wuhan, a city with 11 million inhabitants, chose to ban not only the eating of all wild animals but also their hunting, declaring the territory a wildlife sanctuary.

The local administration of Wuhan have reportedly also banned wildlife hunting unless it is for research purposes, disease monitoring, or population control.

Officials said that rearing wild animals for the goal of eating them was also banned and announced it would participate in nationwide efforts to buy out these breeders.

"Hunting of wild animals is strictly prohibited", the statement says.

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Local authorities have also launched compensation programs to encourage wild animal breeders to switch to growing plants, fruit, vegetables, or herbs for traditional Chinese medicine. A civet cat, the wild animal believes to have carried SARS to humans in another outbreak nearly two decades ago, will fetch 600 yuan. Some of the first cases were linked to a seafood market in Wuhan.

Farms will be evaluated by authorities who will offer a one-time 120 yuan ($16) payment for every kilogram of king ratsnake, rat snake and cobra.

Any more, consumption of all wild animals is off-limits within the metropolis, which is the capital of Hubei province.

It should be mentioned that after the SARS outbreak in China, Beijing implemented measures to ban the trade and consumption of wild animals, but these failed to halt the trade in such animals.

Hunan and Jiangxi, which both border Hubei, have also set out plans to change livestock practices. The report said that their stock adds up to around 1.6 billion yuan ($225 million).

"In the past 20 years, a lot of people have been telling the Chinese government to buy out certain wildlife breeding operations - for example bear farming", Li told AFIP said.

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