Wuhan, capital of the central province of Hubei, thus follows step of other regions in China that adopted similar measures, also aimed at conserving wildlife and avoiding indiscriminate hunting.
Nearly all hunting has been banned within the city limits unless it is government sanctioned for "scientific research, population regulation, monitoring of epidemic diseases and other special circumstances".
Wuhan authorities announced Wednesday that the consumption of wild animals is now officially banned in the city of about 11 million people which recently noticed another surge of Coronavirus cases. Promoting wild animals and breeding them for meals has been banned as nicely.
While China has managed to management the nation's coronavirus outbreak, Covid-19 continues to unfold the world over, with shut to 5 million circumstances.
Local authorities have also launched compensation programs to encourage wild animal breeders to switch to growing plants, fruit, vegetables, or herbs for traditional Chinese medicine.
The Chinese government is also paying farmers cash to not raise exotic animals for consumption.
"Poorly treated animals are stressed, and stressed animals are more likely to harbour new diseases because their immune systems are compromised", University of Queensland Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics Professor Clive Phillips wrote for The Conversation.
Peter Li, Humane Society International's China policy specialist, said in a statement: "Wuhan's ban on wildlife consumption is extremely welcome as a clear recognition that the public health risk of zoonotic disease spread via the wildlife trade must be taken very seriously if we are to avoid another pandemic".
There are over 2,300 licensed breeders in the province according to state-run Jiangxi Daily newspaper.
"As part of the buy-out plans in Hunan and Jiangxi provinces, the fate of the wildlife stock is also a welfare issue of concern", said HSI.
The province reported 35 new asymptomatic cases on Thursday, while 32 were released from quarantine. "This is the first time that the Chinese government actually made a decision to do it, which opens a precedent..."