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Wuhan authorities officially ban consumption, hunting of wild animals

Beijing: Authorities in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, have officially banned the eating of all wild animals, on Wednesday.

As part of the ban, the city introduced stringent controls on the breeding of all wild animals, prohibiting any to be reared for food, CBS reported. Wuhan will also join a wider scheme across the country to offer buyouts to farmers who breed wild animals.​

The local administration in the Chinese city said on Wednesday that along with the consumption ban, Wuhan would become a “wildlife sanctuary” where virtually all hunting of wild animals was banned with the exception of measures for ”scientific research, population regulation, monitoring of epidemic diseases and other special circumstances”, reported Independent.

The ban on the consumption and hunting of the wild animals has been imposed for 5 years from now.

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