China dangles cash lure to end exotic animal farming


China dangles cash lure to end exotic animal farming

Under pressure to curb the trade, China is offering breeders incentives to focus on other livestock or crops

Sophia Yan

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 coronavirus pandemic.

It is hoped they will move from dealing in the likes of porcupines and king rattlesnakes to other livestock or crops for tea or traditional medicines.

Authorities in Hunan province are offering R200 per kilogram of bamboo rat or R300 per kilogram of cobra. A wild goose is worth about R6,200 and the civet cat, the animal believed to have passed the coronavirus to humans, causing the Sars outbreak two decades ago, can fetch R1,500...

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