Wuhan bans eating of wild animals

Provinces in China offer breeders money to quit wildlife trading

Trade in the products of these animals is also banned, wild animal breeding will be strictly monitored, and hunting is nearly totally prohibited inside city limits with Wuhan declaring itself a "wildlife sanctuary".

The main theory about the coronavirus was that it originated in a wildlife market in Wuhan, possibly jumping from bats to humans via an intermediary animal such as a pangolin.

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

On Wednesday, May 20 the city of Wuhan announced a comprehensive ban on wild animal consumption.

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

In a separate move, China also reclassified dogs from "livestock" to "pets". The funds will give farmers the means to transition to alternative livelihoods such as growing fruit, vegetables, tea plants, or herbs for traditional Chinese medicine. As part of the Chinese government's initiative to address its wild animal markets, farmers will also be paid to cease breeding exotic animals for consumption as a way to curb the exotic "wet market".

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. A civet cat, the wild animal believes to have carried SARS to humans in another outbreak nearly two decades ago, will fetch 600 yuan. In the province of Guangxi, snake breeders are already repurposing their animals for the medicine and beauty industries.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) earlier this month, however, said that although the market in Wuhan likely played a significant role in the emergence of the new coronavirus, it didn't recommend that such markets be shut down globally.

Jiangxi province has also released similar plans.

China issued a nationwide ban on the trade and consumption of wild animals in February.

"Their stock is worth about 1.6 billion yuan ($225 million)", CBS reported.

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