Let’s get angrier at China’s cruel wet markets that caused COVID-19

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Let’s get angrier at China’s cruel wet markets that caused COVID-19 and brought the world to its knees

Even for a carnivore like me, the images are gruesome and disgusting enough to consider whether I’ll eat meat again.

A smorgasbord of dogs being boiled alive, bats served on sticks like lollipops, kittens slaughtered, rats fried and giant snakes carved up for human consumption, with the blood splattering everywhere.

There are no hygiene standards. Cross-contamination is rampant. The animal cruelty is off the scale.

A vendor sells bats at the Tomohon Extreme Meat market. Credit: AFP or licensors
A vendor sells bats at the Tomohon Extreme Meat market. Credit: AFP or licensors
When the Sars crisis was linked to a wet market in southern China, officials shut it down and made wildlife farming illegal. credit: AsiaWire
When the Sars crisis was linked to a wet market in southern China, officials shut it down and made wildlife farming illegal. credit: AsiaWire

Bears, tigers, wolf cubs, crocodiles, hedgehogs, and turtles are not spared in this notorious wildlife food trade, either.

Now the despicable wet markets used by some Chinese people markets already responsible for the Sars outbreak in 2002 have finally brought the world to its knees.

Scientists have established that it is highly likely Covid-19 was linked to a notorious live animal market in Wuhan.

Gene sequencing analysis shows the new coronavirus probably started in bats and was transferred to humans via the scaly anteater the pangolin.

So why is there so little outrage about the wet markets that we know have the potential to cause catastrophic outcomes to human health?

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Even Donald Trump slammed for branding coronavirus the Chinese virus avoided criticizing the wet markets when prompted during a press conference at the White House on Wednesday.

Maybe that’s because the moment someone tries to speak up they are accused of racism.

That happened to reality star and retail entrepreneur Luisa Zissman earlier this week when she posted a video on Instagram of a wet market and called for them to be banned completely.

After the usual social media outrage, she said: I wholeheartedly disagree with this particular part of Chinese culture, but that does not make me racist. It should be remembered there are many campaigners within China desperately trying to get the wet markets banned too.

After all, the addition of more exotic animals only dates back to the 1970s, as the ruling communist party struggled to feed the population and 36million people perished in what became known as the great famine.

By 1988, the ironically named Wildlife Protection Law encouraged industrial-level breeding of the likes of bears, bats, and turtles to be sold through wet markets. And that’s when the viruses began to form.

When the Sars crisis was linked to a wet market in southern China, officials shut it down and made wildlife farming illegal. But they reversed the decision just a few months later.