By Tony Winterburn • 21 May 2020 • 12:25
WUHAN in China has banned the eating of wild animals as the coronavirus pandemic continues to be linked to the city’s wet market.
A press release yesterday on the municipal government website of Wuhan, in Hubei province, and shared widely on Weibo, states a list of tough new prohibitions that go into immediate effect and will last for five years.
According to a translation of the edict, there will be a ban on the sale and eating of terrestrial wild animals that are both in the wild as well as bred and reared.
The statement also announced other prohibitions, including a complete ban on the hunting of wild animals and that “the administrative area of the whole city is a wildlife sanctuary.”
A spokesman from the Chinese Health Dept said: “Wuhan has become the latest local government in China to introduce anti-wildlife trading laws. “The city has banned the breeding of ‘wild land animals’ for eating. Initially a five-year ban. Farmers who’d been breeding these animals legally will be compensated to shift industries.”
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