Per the Independent, farmers in Hunan are being offered specific monetary compensation for different animals, including $88 per porcupine, $84 per civet cat and $345 per muntjac deer or wild goose, among other animals.
The Chinese city at the centre of the coronavirus pandemic is known for its wet markets - blamed by many for being the source of the virus that has killed more than 326,000 people around the world. The pandemic is believed to have passed on from bats to other species to humans. As a result of these recent measures, Wuhan has been converted into an official "wildlife sanctuary" by the Chinese government.
However, following the outbreak of the virus, hunting is now banned in Wuhan except for "scientific research, population regulation, monitoring of epidemic diseases and other special circumstances", the notice says.
On Wednesday, May 20 the city of Wuhan announced a comprehensive ban on wild animal consumption. As per the Wuhan authorities, Chinese farmers are being offered cash to quiet breeding of these exotic animals. The funds will give farmers the means to transition to alternative livelihoods such as growing fruit, vegetables, tea plants, or herbs for traditional Chinese medicine.
"On 3 January 2020, China began sending regular, timely updates about the novel coronavirus to World Health Organization, other countries, including the United States, and China's Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions".
The recently released plans are for two mainland provinces - Hunan and Jiangxi. The province has more than 2,300 licenced breeders who mostly rear animals for food.
The announcement also included a total ban on wildlife trade, and provisions against the hunting of wild animals. Wuhan has approximately 11 million residents and is located in the province of Hubei.
From now on, consumption of all wild animals is off-limits within the metropolis, which is the capital of Hubei province.