Chinese Authorities in Wuhan ban eating Wild Animals for 5 years as Wet Market Linked to Covid-19 Outbreak

Authorities in Wuhan China have announced a comprehensive ban on eating wild animals and the hunting and trading of wildlife, according to a statement by the city’s municipal government shared on Chinese social media.

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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