Wuhan bans the eating of wild animals

Wuhan bans the eating of wild animals

The move comes after various countries and organizations had pressurized and urged China to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade, which is being blamed for the coronavirus pandemic.

Wuhan did exempt government-sanctioned hunting for the purposes of scientific research, epidemic disease monitoring, and for regulating wildlife populations.

China has said that they will impose severe punishment against hunting of wild animals and selling of meat of these wild animals.

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.

This is not the first time such measures have been undertaken. The trade that caused the pandemic and has killed more than 320,000 people worldwide.

Two central provinces have already prepared plans for the buyout program to help breeders to find a new job. Hunan province announced a compensation scheme to persuade breeders to rear other livestock or produce tea and herbal medicines, stated CBS.

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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.

A civet cat - the animal believed to have carried Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) to humans in another coronavirus outbreak almost two decades ago - would fetch 600 yuan. The markets occasionally sell wildlife.

Their stock is worth about 1.6 billion yuan ($225 million), the report said. Hubei is bordered by both Hunan and Jiangxi. It has also declared Wuhan a "wildlife sanctuary".

Bear bile is sourced from captive breeding facilities, which were also exempt from the January ban, though the practice has been branded cruel by animal welfare groups.

"Chinese farmers not only have an opportunity to leave a trade that poses a direct threat to human health - something that can no longer be tolerated in light of COVID - but also to transition to more humane and sustainable livelihoods such as growing plant foods popular in Chinese cuisine", Li explained. In order to curb breeding of exotic animals, Chinese authorities have pledged to buy them out.

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