Wuhan bans eating wild animals in wake of coronavirus pandemic

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 23, 2020

Wildlife farmers in China are being offered a government buy-out in order to move away from breeding wild animals for consumption.

Wuhan, capital of the central province of Hubei, thus follows step of other regions in China that adopted similar measures, also aimed at conserving wildlife and avoiding indiscriminate hunting.

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

Meanwhile, the city's officials have assured that the local administration would buy wild animals and play its part to mitigate the effect.

Lion, tiger, peacocks, and pangolin are now officially banned after a new policy was unveiled this week that prohibits the hunting, breeding consumption of wild animals. Some experts believe the coronavirus pandemic originated at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan. Hunan on Friday unveiled a compensation scheme to help breeders switch into other livestock products or herbal tea medicine.

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 can fetch 600 yuan. Past outbreaks, including the 2004 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) pandemic, have also been attributed to the live animal markets.

The recently released plans are for two mainland provinces - Hunan and Jiangxi.

In a press briefing, World Health Organization food safety and animal diseases expert Peter Ben Embarek said live animal markets are critical to providing food and livelihoods for millions of people globally and that authorities should focus on improving them rather than outlawing them - even though they can sometimes spark epidemics in humans.

In a statement, it said when the first report of three cases of pneumonia of unknown causes was made on December 27, 2019 by Dr Zhang Jixian of the critical care department of the Hubei Provincial Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, the country responded promptly using laid down procedure.

The Humane Society International (HSI) says that Jiangxi and Hunan are "major wildlife breeding provinces".

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