Months after appearance of Covid-19, Wuhan bans the sale and consumption of wild animals

Authorities in the Chinese nation recently announced that Wuhan will become a “wildlife sanctuary”, where hunting will be prohibited.

This decree lasts five years.

Several months after the appearance of Coronavirus, Wuhan authorities officially banned the consumption of wild animals for the next five years.

According to the local administration, apart from the ban on consumption, the city will become a “wildlife sanctuary” where hunting of wild animals will be prohibited.

Exceptions will only be made for “scientific research, population regulation, monitoring of epidemic diseases and other special circumstances.”

The city is also implementing strict controls on the breeding of all wild animals, prohibiting them from being raised for human consumption.

Although the origin of the virus is unknown, research to find its source continues. It is widely believed to have passed from bats to people, possibly via another species, before spreading worldwide.

The Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market, the city’s main wet market, was incriminated because more than 30 species of animals were sold there. In January it was closed.

After receiving pressure from the international community to address this issue, China formally banned the illegal consumption and trade of wild animals in February.

It should be noted that in the case of Wuhan, this ban lasts for five years, but in cities like Beijing, Shenzhen and Zhuhai the decree is permanent.

So far, Covid-19 has infected more than five million people, and more than 328,000 around the world have died from it.

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