AU­THOR­I­TIES OF­FER CASH TO END FARM­ING OF EX­OTIC AN­I­MALS

Calgary Herald - - PANDEMIC -

Farm­ers in China are be­ing of­fered money to stop breed­ing ex­otic an­i­mals, as au­thor­i­ties crack down on the wildlife trade be­lieved to be linked to the pan­demic. It is hoped they will move from deal­ing in the likes of por­cu­pines and king rat­tlesnakes to other live­stock or crops. Au­thor­i­ties in Hu­nan prov­ince are of­fer­ing to pay $15 per kilo­gram of bam­boo rat, or $24 per kilo­gram of co­bra. A wild goose is worth about $475, and the civet cat — the an­i­mal be­lieved to have passed the coro­n­avirus to hu­mans, caus­ing the SARS out­break two decades ago — can fetch $120. A sim­i­lar pro­gram has been an­nounced in Jiangxi, a hub of ex­otic an­i­mal farm­ing. China has been un­der pres­sure to curb the wildlife trade since the coro­n­avirus emerged in the city of Wuhan, where it is be­lieved to have jumped from bats to hu­mans.

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