Scientists suspect that the Corona virus originated from a sea food market in Wuhan, China’s province of Wuhan, which has so far claimed 213 lives.
The market is known for the illegal trade of wild animals, including snakes, raccoons and eccentricities.
These animals were kept in cages and sold for food or medicines. The entire province is currently in a medical prison.
Be aware that China is the largest and the largest buyer of wild animals in the world.
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World Health Organization officials say the major cause of the virus is seemingly bats, but the virus also transmitted to other animals where it began to infect humans.
In China, traditionally many wild animals are eaten. Some animals make food because of their taste and aroma, and some are used for medications.
In some parts of China, bats are made of soup, which contains the whole batch of salmon, so lion’s soup or musk blahu’s body parts are eaten.
The fried cobra, a bear’s claw, is part of the menu of wine lions made from tiger bones.
There are many types of rats, cats, snakes and birds in the markets of the slums that are also at risk of extinction.
A researcher who has been part of an international agency that has done numerous research against wildlife trade in China said that the concept of ‘ui’ (which literally means wild taste) in every household in China is cultural. As a sense of adventure, adventure, curiosity and privilege. ‘
Wildlife is also used in many traditional Chinese medicine because they believe they have the healing power for many diseases, including impotence and inferiority.
Danger of inattention
Due to the demand for pangolin for medicines in China, this animal has almost disappeared in China and is now accepted from other parts of the world.
The use of unprocessed rhinoceros horns in Chinese medicine is another example of how this animal poses a risk of toxicity.
All of this is happening in an era when it is estimated that 70% of human-caused infections are coming from animals, especially wild animals.
The Corona pandemic has once again focused on the trade of wild animals in China, which environmental protection groups have already criticized. Is.
In view of the recent situation, China has temporarily banned the wildlife trade to prevent the virus from spreading.
Environmental protection activists, however, want the ban to be permanent.
Will China Listen?
Will the spread of the virus prove to be a milestone in the illegal trade of wildlife and protection of human health?
Experts say this is a huge challenge, but it may not be impossible.
According to the World Health Organization, the viruses that preceded them were thought to be Sears Swear Acquired Respiratory Syndrome and Mrs Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, both born with bats and migrated to humans with musk blooms and camels. ۔
“We are also in contact with wild animal species that we have not had before,” Dr Ben Embarke, who is from the World Health Organization’s Department of Nutrition and Food Security, told the BBC.
“However, some new diseases have also emerge that were created by the communication of humans and viruses, germs and host organisms that they had never known before.”
A recent study of 32,000 living spinal cord animals revealed that close to 20% of the animals are bought and traded illegally and illegally in markets around the world.
They include five and a half thousand species of mammalian animals, birds, reptiles and water and dandelion animals.
Wildlife illegal properties are estimated at about $ 20 billion and are the fourth largest illegal trade after drugs, people smuggling and counterfeiting.
A moment of warning
“The current medical crisis should be considered a warning,” a statement from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said.
“There is now a need to stop disproportionate use of dying out animals and their organs as food, pets and medication.”
However, the Chinese government has clearly stated that the ban is temporary.
According to the government’s directive, ‘rearing, transporting and selling wild animals is prohibited until the end of the outbreak in the country.’
The same was announced in Beijing in 2002 after the SARS virus erupted.
However, those working for environmental protection say that after the announcement, the attitude of the authorities softened, causing wildlife markets to resume in China.
An international convention is being held in Beijing this year in September that will discuss energy and biological resources.
According to a report published last year, about one million species of animals are at risk of endocrine disease. This number is the highest in human history.
Following the outbreak of the virus, state-owned media outlets in China have criticized the wildlife market in the country.
“We want to use this opportunity to put a permanent ban on the use of animals for animal breeding, confinement, sale and other needs,” says Debbie Banks, a member of the Environmental Research Agency for Wildlife Research in China. Are. Not only their meat but also their use in traditional medicine. ‘
Experts say avian influenza and bird flu have helped to protect many species of birds in the wild from endangered species.
They also point to a ban on the export of ivory to China. The ban came after global pressure on elephants to protect them from nationality, and their success has come.
However, he says these sanctions should be imposed not only on China but also on other countries.
“China must take the scheme to become the world’s largest plants market,” he added.