Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus outbreak started, has banned the eating of wild animals and farmers are being paid to quit breeding exotic animals. The global community has pressured China to end both its illegal wildlife trade and the so-called exotic animal markets that are considered the source of the pandemic. So far, over 320,000 people around the world have died from the coronavirus by the time Wuhan enacted the new law.
Wuhan is home to 11 million people. The city announced the change on May 20 and the ban also includes hunting of wild animals, and is now declared a “wildlife sanctuary” apart from “scientific research, population regulation, monitoring of epidemic diseases and other special circumstances.” The city also put out new rules on the breeding of wild animals and enforced rules that none could be used for food.
Humane Society International (HSI) China policy specialist Peter Li told AFP, ” 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. This is the first time that the Chinese government actually decided to do it, which opens a precedent… (for when) other production needs to be phased out.”
Scientists believe that the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, started at an exotic animal market in Wuhan, China. You can help stop the incidence of viruses like these by signing this petition to ban the wildlife trade.
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