Wuhan Bans on the Hunting, Breeding and Human Consumption of Wild Animals

Wuhan bans eating selling and hunting wild animals for the next five years

Now the city has imposed stricter new controls on the breeding of all wild animals which are used to be on the usual menu of city residents.

Wuhan has become the fourth Chinese city to implement a wildlife trade ban in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The ban includes consumption of any wildlife and aquatic wild animals that are on preservation lists, as well as those bred in captivity, according to the Wuhan government's official website.

Environmentalists pointed out that due to enhancing punishment against the consumption of wild animals' meat it will be possible to conserve animals such as pangolins which are facing the threat of extinction.

The novel coronavirus was first recorded in Wuhan late previous year and the outbreak was linked to a seafood market where live animals were also sold.

The notice also says illegal wildlife trading is "comprehensively prohibited" and there will be strengthening of "the supervision and inspection of wild animals".

According to the publication, neighbouring Jiangxi province also announced a strategy to support the farmers in disposing of animals and simultaneously provide them with financial aid.

China’s illicit wildlife trade persists
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Jiangxi province has also released similar plans.

"Between 3 January and 3 February, China updated the USA 30 times on the epidemic situation and its response measures", the statement read.

China issued a nationwide ban on the trade and consumption of wild animals in February. A kilogram of rat snake or cobra is worth about $16 (R282).

Before it was shuttered in January, merchants at Wuhan's Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market sold and slaughtered beavers, porcupines, and baby crocodiles, National Geographic reported. The pandemic is believed to have passed on from bats to other species to humans. The buyouts have so far been presented in Hunan and Jiangxi provinces.

"By subsidizing wildlife breeders to transition to alternative livelihoods, these provinces are demonstrating global leadership on this issue, which other provinces and countries must now follow", Peter Li, Humane Society International's China policy specialist, said.

Li said Chinese authorities are nevertheless now moving in the right direction.

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