Following the banning of wild animal trade in Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus originated, now hunting and eating of wild animals has been banned.
The coronavirus epidemic, which was effective all over the world, first appeared in Wuhan, the center of China’s Hubei Province. The city, which was under quarantine for a long time due to the virus epidemic, was quarantined in the past weeks.
Although the coronavirus quarantine has been removed in Wuhan, some measures against the virus epidemic are still being implemented in the city. Among the measures implemented is the ban on the trafficking of wild animals.
Wild hunting banned in Wuhan
The coronavirus outbreak is thought to have spread from a wild animal market in Wuhan. Therefore, new decisions on wild animal farms have started to be made in Wuhan and the state. According to the latest statement, eating wild animals with wild animal hunting within the borders of Wuhan is prohibited.
City officials, who made a statement about the new practice, said that the steps taken were part of the national plan for ending national breeding, while saying that wild animals will no longer be allowed to be taken to farms.
The mentioned national plan is considered as the first step towards stopping wild animal production in China. Studies on the announced plan came out two months after China categorized dogs as pets.
Although steps were taken to prohibit hunting of wild animals in Wuhan, the sale of wild animals was prohibited in Wuhan from the days when the coronavirus epidemic started. In the arrangement made, some exceptions were also determined for wild animal hunting. In special cases such as scientific research, monitoring of epidemic diseases, regulation of wild animal populations, wild animal hunting will be allowed in the city.
In wild animal farms, incentives will be offered for breeding livestock.
Hunan province officials said in a statement that farms that already have wild animals are working on a plan to raise livestock. According to the working arrangement, compensation will be paid to wild animal farms to encourage livestock breeding. Officials announced that compensation payments to the farms will be determined by the number of wild animals on the farm.
A similar plan was prepared in Jiangxi province, which is the neighbor of Hunan province. However, there is a major financial barrier to the implementation of the plan. Authorities say there are more than 2,300 licensed wild animal breeders in the state and the total value is $ 225 million.
Human Society International (HSI) has announced that the consumption of wild animals in China is roughly $ 18 billion. However, the consumption of wild animals as foodstuff in the country is not the largest market in this area.
HSI announced that the biggest earnings of wild animal farms in China are through the sale of fur. According to HSI, the wild animal fur industry in China is 55 billion dollars. HSI has now announced that these farms will be encouraged to raise livestock.