Wuhan bans consumption of wildlife animals as COVID-19 cases surge

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 22, 2020

As per the Wuhan authorities, Chinese farmers are being offered cash to quiet breeding of these exotic animals.

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.

Additionally, officials declared the city a wildlife sanctuary and prohibited nearly all hunting of wild animals within its limits.

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

The emergence of a new China?

As on Wednesday, Shulan city in the province of Jilin was put under a lockdown similar to how Wuhan was in the beginning of the outbreak.

"Hunting of wild animals is strictly prohibited", the statement says. As per the city officials, local administration would take part in the wider national scheme to buy out the wild animal breeders.

China, however, implemented actions to forbid the trade and consumption of wild animals after the SARS outbreak, these failed to bring the trade to a halt.

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

A wildlife market in China's Hunan province.

Hunan province will offer farmers compensation to the tune of 120 yuan (R301) per kilogram of cobra, king rattle snake or rat snake; 75 yuan (R180) per kilogram of bamboo rat; 630 yuan (R1581) per porcupine; 600 yuan (R1506) per civet cat; and 378 yuan (R949) and 2,457 yuan (R6169) per wild goose and Chinese muntjac deer respectively.

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

The regulation includes precious aquatic wild animals under national key protection and endangered aquatic wild animals.

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