Wuhan bans eating wild animals in wake of coronavirus pandemic

Wuhan bans the eating of wild animals The city has declared itself a

Wuhan bans the eating of wild animals The city has declared itself a"wildlife sanctuary by Alex Linder

Wildlife in China is still being used for making alternate medicines and research and experts have said that only a complete ban on wildlife trade can prevent another virus outbreak.

The local administration of Wuhan have reportedly also banned wildlife hunting unless it is for research purposes, disease monitoring, or population control.

As per the local daily, the province has more than 2,300 licensed breeders, mostly rearing wild animals for food. Some of the first cases were linked to a seafood market in Wuhan.

There is now no evidence that supports the fact that the market caused the virus.

The virus is believed to have originated at a wet market in Wuhan where a wide variety of live wildlife were kept in close proximity, providing fertile ground for the deadly virus to jump from one species to another, mutating along the way and eventually finding a human host.

"This means these wet markets, where there are stressed animals in close contact with humans, are the flawless breeding ground for new diseases".

Wuhan bans eating wild animals in wake of coronavirus pandemic

The province's plan also does not include many wild animals bred for fur, traditional Chinese medicine or entertainment.

Watch the CBS news video updating the wet market situation in Wuhan. Earlier this yr, China's central authorities imposed a brief ban on wildlife trade and consumption, but the business largely returned to enterprise final month.

In a press briefing, World Health Organization food safety and animal diseases expert Peter Ben Embarek said live animal markets are critical to providing food and livelihoods for millions of people globally and that authorities should focus on improving them rather than outlawing them - even though they can sometimes spark epidemics in humans.

"WHO's position is that when these markets are allowed to reopen it should only be on the condition that they conform to stringent food safety and hygiene standards", Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO's Director-General, said in a statement. The city is now calling itself "a wildlife sanctuary". But wildlife consumption is not the biggest industry in the country.

The transfer comes shortly after at the least 4 Chinese provinces, together with Hubei, mulled plans to purchase out farms that breed wild animals for meals, in addition to proposing different help schemes for folks dwelling off the wildlife trade.

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