Wuhan is Banning the Sale of Wild Animals at Wet Markets

Coronavirus impact Wuhan bans eating hunting of exotic animals

In January, China issued a temporary ban in the trade in wild animals, as it did during the Sars outbreak.

According to the Independent, researchers believe the virus likely passed from animals to humans "in a "zoonotic spillover" event".

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Published on the city government's official website on Wednesday, the new regulations totally ban the consumption of all terrestrial wild animals, rare and endangered aquatic wildlife that are under special state protection and other wildlife, and other wildlife that are protected by provincial or national laws.

A wildlife market in China's Hunan province.

Further research found the pathogen in a seafood market and sale of different live species in Wuhan and found that it is 90 percent similar to that found in bats in the Zhejiang province. The move comes a day after news that authorities in the province of Hunan and Jiangxi are offering money to Chinese farmers to stop breeding exotic animals for meat.

Chinese authorities have made a decision to offer a one-off payment of 120 yuan ($16) per kilogram of rat snake, king rat snake and cobra, while a kilogram of the bamboo rat will be 75 yuan.

In Jiangxi, authorities will help farmers dispose of animals and provide financial aid.

"Their stock is worth about 1.6 billion yuan ($225 million)", CBS reported.

That means the practices that lead to cross-species virus transmission could continue, said Peter Li, China policy specialist with Humane Society International, an animal rights group.

China has been cracking down on the country's wildlife trade since the pandemic started.

Diseases such SARS, Ebola, and even HIV originated in animals, but the true origin of the Covid-19 pandemic is still under investigation.

"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", Li told AFIP said.

Though legislative changes are expected to be discussed at the national session of parliament starting on Friday, regions are already taking action to implement the February ruling.



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