- According to a DailyMail correspondent, several markets in China have again started selling exotic animals.
- This is despite the Chinese government’s call to ban wildlife consumption and trade.
- Coronavirus is believed to have originated in the wildlife market of Wuhan.
As the world continues to struggle with the coronavirus pandemic, it looks like China has been winning the war against the disease. Case in point, the country is now getting fewer new cases of infections and more areas have been relaxing travel restrictions.
Things seem to be going back to normal but unfortunately, it looks like even the exotic market is returning to operations. This is despite the fact that the virus, which has since forced countries to declare strict lockdowns, has originated in Wuhan – and many believe it’s all because of the illegal wildlife trade.
It’s business as usual for sellers of animals in south China.
The photos, which has secretly been taken by a DailyMail correspondent last March 28, shows us that markets in Guilin and Dongguan are again selling animals for meat and medicine purposes.
According to the anonymous reporter:
“Everyone here believes the outbreak is over and there’s nothing to worry about any more. It’s just a foreign problem now as far as they are concerned.”
“The only difference is that security guards try to stop anyone taking pictures which would never have happened before,” added the correspondent, who also said that bats, cats, dogs, and scorpions, among others, are again sold to customers in the said areas.
It should, of course, be remembered that Chinese authorities have previously declared a ban on consumption and trade of wild animals soon after the coronavirus started spreading in the country.
Some studies even pointed out that endangered pangolins, which are being sold as exotic delicacy and medicine, may be the source of the virus.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) eventually issued a statement about it, saying:
“This health crisis must serve as a wake-up call for the need to end unsustainable use of endangered animals and their parts, as exotic pets, for food consumption and for their perceived medicinal value.”
Watch this video report about the coronavirus and China’s exotic wet market:
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