Wuhan issues total ban on wildlife trade and consumption
The government of Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, issued a notice on its official website on Wednesday on the strict protection and management of wild animals, including a total ban on the consumption of wild animals, hunting of wild animals and illegal wildlife trade.
The notice lists the following 10 points:
1. Totally ban the consumption of all terrestrial wild lives, rare and endangered aquatic wildlife under special state protection, and other wild animals prescribed by laws and regulations as well as their products.
2. Strictly prohibit the hunting of wild animals.
3. Strictly control the artificial breeding of wild animals.
4. Comprehensively ban illegal wildlife trade.
5. Strictly enforce the administrative licensing of wildlife.
6. Strengthen supervision and inspection of wild animals.
7. Crack down on illegal wildlife activities.
8. Strengthen publicity and education on wildlife protection.
9. Fulfill the responsibility of protection and management.
10. The notification shall come into force as of the date of promulgation and shall be valid for five years.
China has stepped up crackdown on illegal hunting and exploitation of wildlife since February. All localities must close and quarantine breeding facilities of wild animals and stop activities such as listing, trading and transportation of wild animals, according to National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA).