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China; bushmeat; restaurant; license; government; commercial breeding; policy; SARS; diseases; health
What do wild boar, deer and ostriches, prepared with soy sauce, have in common with partridge and pheasant hot-pots?
They are popular dishes at Li Heng Restaurant, which is located in Jiangli Village, Xiaotangshan, in Beijing's Changping District.
The restaurant was one of the first in Beijing - two years ago - to receive a licence to serve commercially bred wild animals.
In October, the State Forestry Administration implemented a policy allowing the commercial breeding and selling of 54 species of wild animals.
This is good news for Jiang Fuheng, general manager of Li Heng Animal Farm, the restaurant's parent company.
The farm, on 13 hectares, is one of the largest farms in Beijing. It has wild boar, more than 300 spotted deer and 20,000 wild birds - including blue peacocks, ostriches, pheasants and wild ducks.
Chinese authorities issued the list of 54 animals last year, shortly after the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak had ended. However...