A complete ban has been enforced by China’s Hubei Province on eating wild animals and wildlife products. As per the Xinhua news agency, the goal is to safeguard people’s lives and health.
The provincial legislature has made the decision to implement the ban. It will take effect immediately. All terrestrial wild animals are covered in the ban. This includes captive bred ones, and rare and endangered aquatic wildlife under key protection, along with others that are prohibited by laws and regulations.
Individuals and organizations will not be permitted to produce or process food made from wild animals and products. Also for the purpose of eating, hunting, breeding, trading, transporting or carrying wild animals is banned.
In accordance with the laws and procedures the non-edible utilization of wild animals pertaining to scientific research, medicine or display will be carried out. Administrative punishments will be given if there is any violation of the ban.
Due to the ongoing novel coronavirus, this decision has been taken. Coronavirus has spread from Hubei’s Wuhan city to 90 other countries. It has killed over 3400 people and infected over 100,000.
There is a lack of clarity regarding which animal is causing this virus to humans but the decision taken by Beijing indicates that China wants to control its wildlife industry to prevent the outbreak of similar viruses.
It is important to mention here that in 2003, Chinese officials banned civets as they found out that they were transferring the SARS virus to humans.