China to take strict steps against the sale of wild animal meat

Article Image Wuhan Bans Hunting and Eating Wild Animals Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Wuhan, the city that had been the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic has banned citizens from eating the meat of wild animals for five years.

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

Wuhan, located in Hubei province, is a city of around 11 million people.

The wet markets had been banned back in March, but evidence came out that they were continuing to operate.

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

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

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

The city in China's Hubei Province, Wuhan, which has been the center of the Coronavirus crisis has finally put a ban on eating wild animals.

Many believe that the virus was transferred to people from bats before spreading across the world.

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. 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.

Now the province has also made plans to help farmers dispose of animals, besides providing them financial aid. HSI China policy specialist Peter Li told AFP that similar plans should be rolled out in more provinces soon.

Their stock is worth about 1.6 billion yuan ($225 million), the report said. The buyouts have so far been presented in Hunan and Jiangxi provinces.

In February, China's parliament issued a temporary ban on the trade and consumption of wildlife, Business Insider previously reported.

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