Authorities in Chinese city Wuhan— the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, have officially banned the eating of all wild animals, reports said .
On Wedneday, the local administration of Wuhan said that along with the consumption ban, the city 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”.
Along with the ban, Wuhan introduced strict controls on the breeding of all wild animals, prohibiting any to be reared for food, CBS reports said.
Wuhan will also join a countrywide scheme to offer buyouts to farmers who breed wild animals.
Wuhan, saw the first cases of Covid-19 late last year. The origins of the outbreak are still under investigation but one of the suspected sources is the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in the city which included a live animal section reportedly selling more than 30 species of animals including live wolf pups, golden cicadas, scorpions and civets. China closed the market in January.