Wuhan bans eating of BATS among other wildlife consumption for five years

The Chinese government imposed a national ban on breeding, trading and consuming wild animals. Wuhan has officially announced a ban on the consumption of wildlife. It is the fourth Chinese city to do so, after Beijing, Shenzhen and Zhuhai. In reality, to many Chinese, consuming wild animals is a cultural outlier.

The city also said it would impose hefty restrictions on wild animal breeders, disallowing them to breed food for consumption, and even making a stance for a broader plan to eventually buy out exotic animal breeders.

The spread of a deadly strain of coronavirus, sourced to a wildlife market in Wuhan and now a global health emergency, according to the World Health Organization, has thrust China’s live wild animal trade into the spotlight.

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Dr Peter Li, Humane Society International’s China policy specialist, said: ‘Wuhan’s ban on wildlife consumption is extremely welcome as a clear recognition that the public health risk of zoonotic disease spread via the wildlife trade must be taken very seriously if we are to avoid another pandemic.

There will however be no less severe of a disease risk from wildlife consumption in five years’ time, so anything short of a permanent and comprehensive ban is still a risk too far. Wuhan becomes the fourth city in mainland China to show such leadership, but we now need cities and countries across the world to step up to the plate and shut down the dangerous wildlife trade.’

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