Calls for global ban on wild animal markets amid coronavirus outbreak

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Media Type: Article - Recent

Date of Publication: January 24

Year of Publication: 2020

Publication City: London, UK

Author(s): Sarah Boseley

Newspaper: The Guardian

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Experts say wildlife sold for human consumption raises risk of new epidemics.

Wild animal markets must be banned worldwide, say experts in and outside China, warning that the sale of sometimes endangered species for human consumption is the cause both of the new coronavirus outbreak and other past epidemics.

The Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, which has been closed down as the source of the infection, had a wild animal section, where live and slaughtered species were on sale. An inventory list at the Da Zhong domestic and wild animals shop inside the market includes live wolf pups, golden cicadas, scorpions, bamboo rats, squirrels, foxes, civets, hedgehogs (probably porcupines), salamanders, turtles and crocodiles. In addition, it offered assorted parts of some animals, such as crocodile tail, belly, tongue and intestines.

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