Wuhan officially bans the eating of wild animals
Apparently the city is going to become a ‘wildlife sanctuary’, where virtually all hunting is banned
Wuhan, the epicentre of the Coronavirus outbreak, has officially banned the eating of all wild animals.
Authorities in the Chinese city have said along with the eating ban, Wuhan will become a ‘wildlife sanctuary’. This means virtually all hunting will be banned, unless it falls under scientific research, population regulation, monitoring of epidemic diseases or other special circumstances.
There are now controls in place to monitor the breeding of wild animals, and none can be reared for food.
It is thought the source of the Coronavirus outbreak is the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan. The market has a live animal section which sold more than 30 species of animals including civets, wolf pups, scorpions and golden cicadas, but it was closed in January.
Researchers believe the virus made the jump from animal to human, in what is called a ‘zoonotic spillover’.
Worldwide, more than 4.7m people have been infected with Coronavirus, with the death toll heading for 320,000.
Two provinces in China have announced plans to help support those whose livelihoods depend on breeding wild species for consumption. The plans will help farmers switch to growing fruit, vegetables, tea plants or herbs, or breeding animals like pigs or chickens.
Currently, the ban in Wuhan only lasts for five years, whereas bans in Beijing, Shenzhen and Zhuhai have been made permanent. Hopefully the ban will be made permanent worldwide soon, but there’s no sign of this happening yet...