COVID-19: Wuhan officially bans eating wild animals

James Marshall
May 23, 2020

Beijing| The Chinese city of Wuhan, where novel coronavirus first emerged, has forbidden the eating of wild animals and Chinese farmers are being awarded cash to stop breeding exotic animals.

According to a report in CBS News, local administration in Wuhan also virtually banned hunting of wild animals within its limits.

The statement also announced other prohibitions, including a complete ban on the hunting of wild animals and that "the administrative area of the whole city is a wildlife sanctuary".

Wildlife farmers in Hunan and Jiangxi provinces are set to be compensated for switching to growing fruits, vegetables, tea plants or herbs.

This is part of a national plan and animal rights activists say it is a first for Chinese authorities.

However, it contains numerous exceptions, including for animals used for traditional Chinese medicine, as long as they are not consumed as food for humans.

But some products associated with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) remain for sale, reflecting legal ambiguities and a strong demand for folk remedies.

It also includes other wild animals that are prohibited from consumption by laws and regulations.

Per the Independent, farmers in Hunan are being offered specific monetary compensation for different animals, including $88 per porcupine, $84 per civet cat and $345 per muntjac deer or wild goose, among other animals.

Researchers believe that 70 percent of new diseases are coming to humans from animals.

"On 3 January 2020, China began sending regular, timely updates about the novel coronavirus to World Health Organization, other countries, including the United States, and China's Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions". HSI China policy specialist Peter Li told AFP that similar plans should be rolled out in more provinces soon.

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.

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