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.

Other Chinese provinces are actively working on plans to buy out wildlife farmers. Authorities provide a single-time payment per kilogram of snakes, rats or cobras.

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.”

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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.

This is a good time to reconsider our intake of animal products to stay healthy. Eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.

Interested in joining the dairy-free and meatless train? We highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals, and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

Catch up on our latest coronavirus coverage in One Green Planet, check out these articles:

For more Animal, Earth, Life, Vegan Food, Health, and Recipe content published daily, subscribe to the One Green Planet Newsletter! Lastly, being publicly-funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!