Wuhan officially bans the eating of wild animals

Apparently the city is going to become a ‘wildlife sanctuary’, where virtually all hunting is banned

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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...

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Comments (31)

  • Does the ban include domestic animals or just those considered to be wild?

      10 months ago
  • I’m not being funny but they have been eating bats for centuries. It just perplexes me why they have become toxic all of a sudden. ( just saying ). 

      10 months ago
    • Bats carries Rabies. Put them in the same place with other wild animals and domestic pets and of course with rats etc and those animals are being left side by side cut open by the same unwashed knives etc covered in faecal matter then you are...

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        10 months ago
    • I’m know that but it’s been going on for years. I don’t think it’s all occurred all of a sudden. I know I have I have my Conspiracy theory head on but I think there is something more to it.

        10 months ago
  • This is great, but what about the rest of China??

    Also they need to stop the vile YULIN DOG MEAT FESTIVAL which happens every year.... it’s barbaric.

    DOGS ARE NOT FOOD in a civilised society.

    It’s the 21st century....

      10 months ago
    • A. it is applied to the whole China

      B. dog is not wildlife

      C. fewer than 1% of Chinese population knew dogs were edible.

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        9 months ago
  • At long last . China should be seriously sanctioned by the World Trade Organisation for allowing these markets to flourish. Those markets have seriously harmed people throughout the world. Too many people innocent people lost their lives. Those poor animals have suffered too for far too long. Action is needed to force countries from Asia to stop this deadly trade .

      10 months ago
  • Knee-jerk reaction if you ask me

      10 months ago