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City goes in for strict crackdown

A TOTAL of 66 pet shops, indoor farms and indoor animal display businesses inside Shanghai’s shopping malls have been closed since early this month to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Shanghai’s market watchdog said yesterday.

Another 58 animal rearing and reproduction venues have been put under quarantine since February 6 when intensive campaigns against wild animal trade irregularities were conducted by city authorities, the Shanghai Administration for Market Regulation said.

A total of 2,401 businesses involved in selling wild animal dishes or with names indicating wild animals or relevant products on e-commerce platforms have been removed, and more than 29,600 pieces of wild animal trade information blocked, according to the administration.

In total, 105 e-commerce platforms in the city were ordered to remove information regarding wild animals, it said.

Six local government authorities released a specific law enforcement action plan to crack down on the illegal trade in wildlife, particularly targeting wild animal breeding and reproduction venues, wet markets, supermarkets, catering businesses and websites.

The plan by the market watchdog, police, agricultural authorities, customs, greenery and public sanitation authorities and the cyberspace regulator requires the quarantine of wildlife rearing and reproduction areas and bans the transport of any wild animals or relevant products. Violators will have their businesses suspended and venues sealed off.

Wet markets, supermarkets, catering businesses and e-commerce platforms are banned from any kind of wildlife trade.

Sales of wild animals and relevant products are banned at farm produce markets, and restaurants and delicatessens are prohibited from making food from wild animals or related products.

Wild animal products are banned on online platforms, and ads for hunting tools, and wildlife or other products are also not allowed.


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