Wildlife trade likely to be the source of coronavirus outbreak

It has already caused over 100 deaths, infected thousands of people, and put a spotlight on illegal wildlife trade. As controversy swells, China’s government is forced to take action.

A dangerous trade in China with consequences now being felt worldwide

Blamed for the current coronavirus outbreak, the wild animal trade has been temporarily banned by Beijing. Based on current information, an animal source seems the most likely primary source of this outbreak, with limited human-to-human transmission occurring between close contacts.

The virus is believed to have originated at a fish market located in Wuhan, in central China. Stalls at the market sold a wide variety of animals, including rats, wolf cubs, and giant salamanders. Aside from the environmental impact, the bushmeat trade also exposes humans to viruses carried by those animals. Scientists at the Global Virome Project estimate that wildlife could harbor 1.7 million undiscovered viruses. Half of those could potentially be dangerous to humans.

Since the 1980s, several epidemics have been associated with animal sources. These include AIDS, transmitted by a monkey, the Ebola virus, transmitted by a bat, and SARS, transmitted by a civet. The SARS outbreak, which also originated in China, killed nearly 800 people in the early 2000s.

Fearing another outbreak of that scale, the Chinese government has taken several steps: the Wuhan fish market was closed, and the trade and transport of wild animals have been banned until the epidemic ends. Now, however, NGOs are demanding more than temporary measures. They hope that the younger generations will turn away from ancient traditions.


01/28/2020 6:38 PMupdated: 02/24/2020 2:28 PM


  • Carolyn R.
    03/08/2020 16:49

    About Time to shut that shit down. Its long overdue.

  • Nancy A.
    03/02/2020 01:37

    All animals are not ment to be eaten

  • Sharon M.
    02/28/2020 13:28

    And not before time!!!

  • Zakk D.
    02/28/2020 10:11

    This is where population control will be forced by their scare tactics to inject yourself and kids with what they say is a vaccine....all you Christian sheeples come out now....

  • Connie S.
    02/28/2020 09:42

    Justice is finally happening for these animals.

  • Alan H.
    02/28/2020 02:04

    China is a backward country and the west should insist all wildlife trade be banned from now on .

  • Amanda H.
    02/27/2020 15:38

    Think it needs to happen sooner than the predicted 50 year target. China might have collapsed under another virus by then.

  • Miguel I.
    02/27/2020 12:08

    Maybe they should have done that since 2002

  • Riddhi N.
    02/27/2020 06:59

    After doing terrible terrible disasters they are trying to play victim and showing concern !Shameful !China stop eating everything that moves !

  • Ary S.
    02/27/2020 03:44

    I wish rhinoceros horns, elephant tusks and all other animal parts they trade in for being aphrodisiacs (as if the world needed more people) or magical cures without evidence were sources of infectious deseases as well. Maybe then some wildlife species will recover.

  • Drew C.
    02/26/2020 18:15

    Missy Ja

  • Sandhya S.
    02/26/2020 18:01

    Were they sleeping till now. Could they not think before and take preventive measures. Created so much of panic in the world

  • Julie W.
    02/26/2020 17:51

    Coronvirus ?? Wtf it got to do with animals,,, any excuse with them to batter cats n dogs 2 death eh 😡😡

  • Shobha S.
    02/26/2020 17:46

    Be vegeterian....... One nd Only hope...... otherwise be ready... God is also inside them which u kill them Just for ur Tongue

  • Bitt G.
    02/26/2020 14:50

    For how long?

  • Shabey Y.
    02/26/2020 10:19

    👏👏 finally ! Enough is enough, these ignorante people already kill a lot of wildlife animals. Hope one day the costume of eating dogs ends too👏

  • Sharyn L.
    02/26/2020 09:30

    About time.

  • Kelvin M.
    02/26/2020 09:21

    Ahh, have they banned "eating bats" yet...😕

  • Kevin O.
    02/26/2020 08:23

    No more raw Bat Meat? Fuck Me!

  • Kevin B.
    02/26/2020 07:24

    Suuuuure they did. 😉

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