Wuhan imposes blanket BAN on wildlife trade & consumption to ‘safeguard public health’
The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the deadly coronavirus was first detected, has imposed a strict ban on wildlife trade. Despite the lack of proof, a local animal market has been widely regarded as the source of the outbreak.
The wildlife trade ban will be in place for five years, according to a document published by Wuhan’s municipal government on Wednesday.
From now on, consumption of all wild animals is off-limits in the city, which is the capital of Hubei province. Selling wild animals and breeding them for food has been banned as well. Moreover, the city’s territory has been labeled a wildlife sanctuary, and even hunting wild animals without a valid reason – such as scientific research – has also been prohibited.