Wuhan, the original epicenter of the coronavirus, has become the latest Chinese city to ban the eating of wild animals.
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.
Trade in the products of these animals is also banned, wild animal breeding will be strictly monitored, and hunting is almost totally prohibited inside city limits with Wuhan declaring itself a “wildlife sanctuary.”
These measures come after a virus that was first noticed in Wuhan spread around the globe this year, killing more than 330,000 people and turning the world upside down.
The virus is believed to have originated at a wet market in Wuhan where a wide variety of live wildlife were kept in close proximity, providing fertile ground for the deadly virus to jump from one species to another, mutating along the way and eventually finding a human host.
China issued a nationwide ban on the trade and consumption of wild animals in February. Localities then began issuing their own more specific regulations, starting with Shenzhen in April which extended the ban to the eating of cats and dogs.