The relevant decree has been published on the website of the Wuhan city government. Restrictions apply from the date of publication of the document for five years.
The ban applies to all terrestrial wild animals. Hunting is permitted only for research purposes, population regulation and other special circumstances. A license from the authorities must be obtained for this purpose. Artificial breeding of wild animals is permitted only for species conservation, scientific research and demonstration purposes with the approval of the regulatory authorities.
Enterprises and households that breed wild animals will receive compensation.
Not only trade in wild animals but also the advertising of these activities is completely prohibited. “No organization or individual shall place advertising, make signs or prescriptions, advertise, encourage, encourage or traffic in prohibited kinds of wild animals and their products,” the regulation says.
All previously issued licenses for hunting, artificial breeding and other exploitation of wild animals for the purpose of consumption shall be revoked and seized.
The decision was adopted in accordance with the resolutions of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on the prohibition of illegal trade in wild animals, combating the illegal consumption of wild animals for food, illegal hunting, trade, transportation of wild animals and other illegal actions.
The Chinese authorities began imposing bans on the consumption of wild animal meat in March-April 2020. The city of Shenzhen has gone even further, with a ban on eating wild animal meat supplemented by a ban on cooking from dogs and cats. On April 10, the Chinese government removed dogs, bats and lizards from the list of animals allowed to be raised for meat. This restriction, however, did not apply to the meat of deer, alpaca and ostriches. In addition, wild animal meat is used in China for alternative medicines and medical research. Experts say that only a complete ban on trade in wild animals can prevent another outbreak of the virus, The Week notes.