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China must close down 'wet markets' now

Added 04-02-20 02:56:03am EST - “When China's domestic governance threatens the world, that's when the world needs to change China's domestic policies.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “China must close down 'wet markets' now”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

As the world gets smaller and populations travel with speed around the world, it is time that the world focus on the domestic food laws in countries like China and others that are not up to the standards of health, safety and welfare — for their own populations and those beyond their borders.

The current COVID-19 crisis was born out of people who worked and shopped at a “wet market” in Wuhan, China. A wet market sells live and dead animals —including fish, birds, badgers, bats, pangolins (scaly anteaters), and turtles — for human consumption. These markets are wet. Water splashes over the sides of open tubs filled with live sea animals that will inevitably be killed; countertops and floors are streaked red with the insides of gutted fish and the blood of slaughtered animals.

China is notorious for lack of hygiene and government oversight of their domestic wet markets. There are separate rules in China for food commodities for export and those for local consumption. The only problem with this duplicity is that it keeps neither their people safe nor those beyond their borders.

In recent years we have seen an alarming uptick in deadly viruses emerging from human contact with live animals.

China’s domestic demand and customs for exotic and live food are a direct threat to the health, safety and welfare of the world. We can no longer allow China’s domestic actions — and inaction — to threaten the world health and economy.

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