‘Do not eat’ wild animals on Lunar New Year,Chinese government launches
The Chinese government has issued a very clear warning to its residents on the cusp of the Lunar New Year as millions prepare to celebrate.
With less than 24 hours before China celebrates the Lunar New Year, the nation’s government has issued an illustrative poster imploring residents to steer clear of eating wild animals.
Many festivals, parades and concerts were cancelled due to coronavirus, but the Lunar New Year was still celebrated in smaller, more domestic ways.
The government is clearly concerned that wild animals will be served at some of these banquets and has launched an online campaign telling people to avoid contact with the animals at all costs.
A volunteer, Dominique Yu, said the shrine in place until Sunday was where people who may be upset and unhappy due to the pandemic could light incense and pray “for peace, for good health, for family, for everything”.
“Do not illegally hunt, trade or eat wild animals,” it says. The campaign, which uses the hashtag #DontEatWildAnimalsDuringSpringFestival, has so far been seen by more than 10 million people. “Keep the boundaries of natural ecological safety, healthy and civilised New Year!”