Wuhan Bans Eating Bats, China Lists Dogs as Pets

Wuhan bans eating wild animals as coronavirus drives a crackdown in China

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MAY 20, 2020 / 10:59 AM / CBS/AFP

Beijing — The city at the center of the coronavirus crisis has banned the eating of wild animals and Chinese farmers are being offered cash to quit breeding exotic animals. Both moves come amid mounting pressure for China to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade blamed by many for the pandemic that has killed more than 320,000 people.

The local administration in Wuhan, the city of about 11 million people in China's central Hubei province where cases of the new coronavirus were first recorded late last year, announced Wednesday that the eating of all wild animals was officially banned.

The city also banned virtually all hunting of wild animals within its limits, declaring Wuhan "a wildlife sanctuary," with the exception of government sanctioned hunting for "scientific research, population regulation, monitoring of epidemic diseases and other special circumstances."

Wuhan also imposed strict new controls on the breeding of all wild animals, making it clear that none could be reared as food. City officials said the local administration would take part in the wider national scheme to buy wild animal breeders out.

The national plan is the first time Chinese authorities have pledged to buy out breeders in an attempt to curb exotic animal breeding, animal rights activists say.

China had already banned the sale of wild animals for food as the coronavirus spread around the world, citing the risk of diseases spreading to humans, but the trade remains legal for other purposes — including research and traditional medicine.

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is widely believed to have passed from bats to people, possibly via another species, before spreading worldwide.

Two central provinces have already outlined details of a buyout program to help farmers switch to alternative livelihoods.

Hunan on Friday set out a compensation scheme to persuade breeders to rear other livestock or produce tea and herbal medicines.

Authorities will evaluate farms and inventories and offer a one-off payment of 120 yuan ($16) per kilogram of rat snake, king ratsnake and cobra, while a kilogram of bamboo rat will fetch 75 yuan.

A civet cat — the animal believed to have carried Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) to humans in another coronavirus outbreak nearly two decades ago — would fetch 600 yuan.

Neighbouring Jiangxi province has also released plans to help farmers dispose of animals, as well as financial aid.

The state-run Jiangxi Daily newspaper reported last week that the province has more than 2,300 licensed breeders, mostly rearing wild animals for food.

Their stock is worth about 1.6 billion yuan ($225 million), the report said.

Both Jiangxi and Hunan border Hubei, the province where the coronavirus first emerged in December.

Animal rights group Humane Society International (HSI) said Hunan and Jiangxi are "major wildlife breeding provinces", with Jiangxi seeing a rapid expansion of the trade over the last decade.

Revenues from breeding reached 10 billion yuan in 2018, it said.

HSI China policy specialist Peter Li told AFP that similar plans should be rolled out across the country.

But he cautioned that Hunan's proposals leave room for farmers to continue breeding exotic creatures as long as the animals are not sent to food markets.

The province's plan also does not include many wild animals bred for fur, traditional Chinese medicine or entertainment.

Although Beijing implemented measures to ban the trade and consumption of wild animals after the SARS outbreak, these failed to bring the trade to a halt.

Li said Chinese authorities are nevertheless now moving in the right direction.

"In the past 20 years, a lot of people have been telling the Chinese government to buy out certain wildlife breeding operations - for example bear farming," he said.

"This is the first time that the Chinese government actually decided to do it, which opens a precedent... (for when) other production needs to be phased out."

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China re dogs as pets, not livestock, in wake of the coronavirus

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BY SOPHIE LEWIS

APRIL 10, 2020 / 2:05 PM / CBS NEWS

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic — which is believed to have first spread to humans at a "wet market" in Wuhan, China, where live animals were sold for food — China has created new guidelines on which animals can be bred for eating. In one significant change, the rules re dogs as pets rather than livestock. 

The move signals an official turn against dog meat consumption, and animal welfare activists hope it will lead to an outright ban of the practice. 

The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said Wednesday that dogs would no longer be considered livestock, meaning they cannot be bred for food, milk, fur, fiber, medicine, or for military or sports purposes. 

In a memo explaining its choices, the ministry listed the "progress of human civilization" and the "public's concern" for animal welfare as reasons for re dogs as companion animals from traditional domestic animals. It also said that dogs are not considered livestock elsewhere around the world, and China now aims to follow those global standards.

The draft, which details which animals are allowed to be bred for meat, medical and other uses, lists 18 traditional livestock species, such as cattle, sheep, horses and chickens and 13 "special" species such as reindeer, alpacas, ostriches and foxes. The ministry is now seeking public comments on the guidelines by May 8, before they are finalized. 

Researchers believe the novel coronavirus originated in bats and then passed through another species to humans at a wet market in Wuhan, where the outbreak was first detected in December. Since then,  COVID-19 has infected more than 1.6 million people worldwide and caused over 100,000 deaths. 

In January, China temporarily banned the breeding and trading of wild animals during the pandemic, but it will soon resume the practice under the revised guidelines. 

While dog meat remains a delicacy in some regions, it has become increasingly less popular. Last month, the city of Shenzhen became the first in the country to ban its consumption. 

Humane Society International (HSI) called the new guidelines a potential "game-changer moment" for other cities in China to follow Shenzhen's lead and outright ban the consumption of cats and dogs

"This is the first time we've ever seen China's national government explain that dogs are companion animals," Dr. Peter Li, China policy specialist at HSI, said in a press release. "Recognizing that dogs hold a special bond with humans is an essential first step towards eliminating the consumption and trade in dog meat. This could be a pivotal moment that provides encouragement for other cities across the country to follow Shenzhen's lead to ban the eating of dogs and cats."

According to HSI, around 30 million dogs are killed each year for meat in Asia, despite warnings from the World Health Organization that their trade spreads rabies and other health risks. 

"Tens of millions of dogs and cats every year, mostly stolen pets, suffer for the meat trade which is almost entirely fueled by crime and, perhaps most significantly right now, poses an undeniable human health threat with the risk of diseases such as rabies and cholera," Li said. 

While HSI applauded the move, it remains concerned about the other animals on the list, both in terms of welfare and disease prevention.

"Rebranding wildlife as livestock doesn't alter the fact that there are insurmountable challenges to keeping these species in commercial captive breeding environments, and that their welfare needs simply can't be met," said Dr. Teresa Telecky, vice president of wildlife at HSI. "In addition, there's clear evidence that some of these species can act as intermediate hosts of viruses, such as COVID-19, which is why we're urging governments around the world to stop trading in wildlife."

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this is communist Chinese propaganda bullshit like their COVID deaths

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This is just propaganda, this came frome a CHI-NA lab! CHINA did this. 

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Disgusting race of people. 

Turn it all into glass 

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they should outlaw leaking a virus from their labs and not telling the rest of the world while letting sick people travel and infect the globe 

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Disgusting race of people. 

Turn it all into glass 

China isn’t a race.

Can’t make a Hoe a house wife...

So they admit it came form Wuhan

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fuck China 

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Thebonfirexm - 

Disgusting race of people. 

Turn it all into glass 

China isn’t a race.

He didn’t say China was a race 

It's a culture issue that won't vanish until all people participating in that culture die out. 

I love dogs and I cringe at eating them, but I’m not so against it, I get culture differences.

What I can’t accept one tiny bit, is their “torture culture”. They fucking burn dogs alive, beat them, torture them, in full public view, supposedly to make the meat taste better! And you see Chinese laughing at the dogs’ pain. It’s beyond sick.

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Let's see how long that lasts.

Also, what sprawl n stall said

China does this all the time and then later on the dogs are as livestock and are allowed to be sold and consumed again 

Smokescreen that they'll never enforce anyway. The virus came from the wuhan lab.

dios - 
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Thebonfirexm - 

Disgusting race of people. 

Turn it all into glass 

China isn’t a race.

He didn’t say China was a race 

Yeah I am teaching him and now you who you should aim your disdain towards

Watch this shit shift to Changsha and amplify in tier 3-4 cities.  Bet you those fuckers are now chowing down on it.  And lol at using Shenzhen as an example... duh, it’s the youngest demographic city so obviously more progressive.  

What about all the other shit they were selling as food?!?  No one needs a centipede frittata?!?