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China’s Wuhan City Bans Eating Wild Animals

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Chinese government on Wednesday banned the eating of all the wildlife animals in city Wuhan – the epicenter of the fatal coronavirus outbreak.

According to a news report of UK’s digital news outlet The Independent, the local administration in the Chinese city said that along with the consumption ban, Wuhan would become a ‘wildlife sanctuary’ where virtually all hunting of wild animals was banned with the exception of measures for ”scientific research, population regulation, monitoring of epidemic diseases and other special circumstances”.

Wuhan, a city of 11 million people in the Hubei province of China, saw the first cases of Covid-19 late last year.

As part of the ban, the city introduced stringent controls on the breeding of all wild animals, prohibiting any to be reared for food. Wuhan has also joined a wider scheme that was announced across the country to offer buyouts to farmers who breed wild animals.​

China has been under pressure from the global community to tackle its illegal wildlife trade after it was linked to the emergence of zoonotic diseases.

In February, China issued an unprecedented temporary nationwide ban on all terrestrial wild animal commerce and consumption, including exotic species raised on farms.

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