A stringent ban on the eating and farming of wild animals has been rolled out across China in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic which is believed to have started at a wildlife meat market in Wuhan, according to CNN.
Although the information has not been released by Chinese officials concerning which animal transferred the deadly virus to humans, the communist country has acknowledged that it must bring its vast wildlife meat-markets under control to prevent future deadly outbreaks of new infectious diseases.
In late February, China put a temporary ban on all farming and consumption of “terrestrial wildlife of important ecological, scientific and social value”.
However, this ‘ban’ has happened before and has been lifted once the dust has settled.
Back in 2003, ‘Civets’ were culled in large numbers after it turned out that they can transfer the deadly SARS virus to humans.
In the same year, the trade in live snakes for human consumption was also banned, albeit only briefly, in Guangzhou after the SARS outbreak, which ended up killing hundreds of people around the world.
But public health experts around the world have called upon Chinese officials to do more.
This includes banning the farming of animals for their supposed ‘healing’ benefits.
However, the Wuhan seafood market at the centre of the coronavirus pandemic was selling a lot more than just fish.
Snakes, raccoon dogs, porcupines and deer were just some of the species crammed inside tiny, filthy cages, side by side with shoppers and store owners, according to footage obtained by CNN.
Some animals were filmed being slaughtered in the market in front of customers.
CNN wasn’t able to independently verify the horrific footage of the animals being slaughtered, which was posted to Weibo by a concerned citizen and has since been deleted by Chinese government censors.
It is believed that there are thousands of these cruel ‘live animal’ meat markets across China and that animals are crammed into tiny spaces where they are often covered in their urine and faeces for extended periods.
But across mainland China, hundreds of similar cruel and inhumane meat markets offer a wide range of exotic animals for a variety of purposes.
The danger of an outbreak similar to coronavirus comes when many exotic animals are kept nearby.
And we have to ask ourselves: When was the last time there was a new and deadly virus that came from carrots or Brussel sprouts?
But do you think that there is a significant risk of another, perhaps even more deadly outbreak?
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