Wuhan finally bans eating and hunting of wild animals in the wake of Coronavirus, Wuhan


Wuhan finally bans eating and hunting of wild animals in the wake of Coronavirus

Wuhan, the Chinese city whose name would appear in history books with a lack of love for obvious reasons, has finally put a ban on hunting and eating of wild animals. The epicentre of the deadly Coronavirus, Wuhanhas now completely banned the consumption of wild animals and also made wildlife trade illegal. The news came after the government released a new regulation on its official website.

According to the new regulation, wild animals and all products made using them have been banned from consumption in Wuhan. The ban includes all terrestrial animals listed on national and Hubei provincial preservation pages along with animals that live and reproduce in the wilderness. The regulation has also taken precious aquatic wild animals into consideration.

The official document also states that no firms or individuals are permitted to produce, process, use or conduct commercial operations with wildlife or wildlife products which are banned.

The reports also suggest that the government is also ready to pay farmers in China to quit breeding exotic animals. Theory has it that the COVID-19 started from the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market (a wet market in Wuhan), where animals used to be stacked up in cages as livestock. Reports also suggest that besides seafood, the market used to sell exotic animals such as salamanders, bats, snakes and porcupines, among others.

On January 1, the whole market was shuttered and several research reports suggested that the virus came through bats and later the pangolins (a scaly mammal) were blamed. Before this, China had already put a ban on the trade of wild animals for consumption.

Wuhan, the city with a population of 11 million, was the first to report a Coronavirus case last year and nothing in the world has been normal since then. Till now, the virus that began in Wuhan, has infected more than 5 million people globally and claimed lakhs of innocent lives. The whole world is under severe lockdown and suffering from a huge economic crisis that will last for long.

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