Wuhan imposes blanket BAN on wildlife trade & consumption to 'safeguard public health'

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The main theory about the coronavirus was that it originated in a wildlife market in Wuhan, possibly jumping from bats to humans via an intermediary animal such as a pangolin.

Officials do make an exception, however, for "scientific research, population regulation, monitoring of epidemic diseases and other special circumstances", the Independent says.

On Wednesday, authorities in Wuhan, a city of 11 million in Hubei and the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, announced eating wild animals would be banned, according to CBS News.

Now the city has imposed stricter new controls on the breeding of all wild animals which are used to be on the usual menu of city residents. The province of Hunan on Friday set out a compensation scheme to persuade breeders to rear other livestock or produce tea and herbal medicines.

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This takes us back to a similar vocabulary as on May 10. "COVID-19 spreads mainly through close contact from person to person". But it's more important to avoid indoor gatherings, where an asymptomatic person could easily spread the virus, he said.

The Chinese government is also paying farmers cash to not raise exotic animals for consumption.

Both Jiangxi and Hunan border Hubei, the province where the coronavirus first emerged in December. The initial rollout covers 14 species of farmed wildlife and offers farmers subsidies for each species, such as $88 per porcupine; $84 per civet cat; $17 per kilogram of cobra, king rattle, or rat snakes; $10 per kilogram of bamboo rat; $53 per wild goose; and $346 per Chinese muntjac deer.

Dr Peter Li, Humane Society International's China policy specialist, said, "Wuhan's ban on wildlife consumption is extremely welcome as a clear recognition that the public health risk of zoonotic disease spread via the wildlife trade must be taken very seriously if we are to avoid another pandemic". As per sources, stock of wildlife breeders in Jiangxi province itself is around $1.6 billion yuan ($225 million).

"In the past 20 years, a lot of people have been telling the Chinese government to buy out certain wildlife breeding operations - for example bear farming", he said. This is the first time that such a national plan has been pledged by the Chinese authorities in an attempt to curb exotic animal breeding.

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