In a move that shocked the world to its core, China reopened the very wet markets that launched the worst pandemic in more than a half-century.
Health researchers have traced COVID-19 to the grossly unsanitary Wuhan, China, wet markets where animals are killed and butchered in front of customers. Blood and feces spill into the streets. Health experts long warned China that the despicable and unmonitored health conditions were a ticking time bomb.
“The animal welfare part of this is obvious, but much more hidden is this stashing and mixing of all these species together in a very small area, with secretions and urine mixed up together,” Wildlife Conservation Society director Christian Walzer reportedly said.
According to reports by National Geographic, China permits upwards of 54 different species to be bred on a single farm. Exotic animals include ostriches, Siamese crocodiles, minks, birds of prey, bats, and civets. Scientists believe infected bats and civets transmitted the virus to humans. Despite these infectious disease facts, China’s wet markets are reportedly peddling exotic flesh again.
“The markets have gone back to operating in exactly the same way as they did before coronavirus,” according to a Daily Mail news correspondent. “The only difference is that security guards try to stop anyone taking pictures, which would never have happened before.”
The communists’ ability to clamp down on fact-based reporting and disseminate misinformation caused a slow reaction by other nations. China assured world leaders the outbreak was under control early in the process. The World Health Organization mimicked such false narratives.
It was too late for other countries to deter the virus because it had been transmitted globally before true facts emerged. Even now, the communist party continues to publish inconceivably low infection rates. Opening the wet markets has been seen as a sign that the Asian power has defeated the virus. But the breeding, butchering, and unsanitary conditions have an infamous legacy in China.
- Asian Flu mutated from ducks, killing 1.1 million from 1957-1958.
- H5N1 Bird Flu came from Chinese geese, killing 455 in 1997.
- SARS kills 774 from 2002-2003 and has been linked to bats and civet cats.
- H7N9 Bird Flu kills approximately 610 after moving from poultry in live bird markets in 2013.
- COVID-19 leaps from bats and civets to humans, casualties TBD.
“Wuhan is a major wake-up call — mother nature’s revenge. The way to prevent further outbreaks is to stop the trade. China has put in place a ban, but this needs to be permanent as it is the biggest importer of wildlife in the world,” Freeland anti-trafficking official Steve Gagster reportedly said. “Most wildlife is trafficked by gangsters. This is not a regulated trade, so no wonder there are infections and the viruses spreading.”
On the home front, political leaders are also calling for the communist party to end the wet market practice. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has issued a dire warning to China that international trade could be severely altered if wet markets continue to operate with impunity.
“If you don’t shut those wet markets down, our trading relationship is going to change.” Sen. Graham reportedly said. “We think … this whole thing started from a transmission from a bat to a human. About the last three or four pandemics have come from the Chinese wet markets. They’re just absolutely disgusting, selling exotic animals that transmit viruses from animals to human beings. Those things need to shut down.”