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The South China city of Guangzhou has begun special investigation into wildlife trade to ensure restaurants are not buying State-protected animals to serve them as delicacies.
"The campaign, which began on Wednesday, is focusing on wildlife trade and restaurants in every corner of the city," says Wang Fan, an official of the Guangzhou Food Safety Office. "Not only disease carriers such as field mice and gem-face civets, but also State-protected wild animals like pangolins, popular as delicacies among some people, are the targets of the investigation."
"The probe is aimed at finding out whether newspaper reports on field mice are being supplied from the neighboring province of Hunan and served by restaurants in Guangzhou. The city government's move is also aimed at minimizing the risk just in case the reports are true," he says.
Information Times, a local newspaper, reported last Saturday that truckloads of field mice from Hunan were seen heading toward a market in the ...