Close China's Wuhan & Other Global Wet Animal Market Permanently

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Hello,

I hope you all are keeping yourself, family and your community safe from the coronavirus spread.

The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), officially named as COVID-19 by the WHO, has spread to more than 140 countries including China, prompting the WHO to declare the disease as a global pandemic. More than 50% of the global COVID-19 cases are currently outside China.

It is caused by a virus that began in a wild animal.

In China and across Asia (such as Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam etc) there are wet animal markets, where wild animals are sold for food. This is where the virus has jumped from animals to humans. 

Stopping the virus at source is critical.

These animals are under distress and therefore their immunity system is down. During the handling process, including slaughter, thats where the highest risk of the transfer of the virus from the animals to human would have occurred.

In Bangkok's Chatuchat Market, 60 minutes Australia noticed that in hot, squalid and cramped conditions, wild animals smuggled in from all over the world are still being widely sold, with the possibility of another global pandemic.

These animals are held in close proximity in small cages, which is far from the natural environment they are used to.

An African meerkat, European ferrets, Blue Tongue Lizards and a Australian Cockatoos  next to each other in small cages are heaven for potential viruses such as coronavirus as in their natural habitat, they would have never interacted with each other.

Housing together many different kinds of animals—wild, domesticated and many not native to that particular locale—gives more opportunities for viruses to jump between species. SARS, for example, actually originated in bats—which tend to be riddled with pathogens—then jumped to civet cats, which acted as the “amplifying host” before making the jump to humans.

***World Health organisation says says the virus poses a greater global threat than terrorism. 

***Professor Gabriel Leung, who led the fight against the SARS virus, believes 60 per cent of the world’s population could become infected with COVID-19 and that up to 45 million people might die from it. *Source Australia 60 Minutes

I would like the United Nation to pass a resolution to close these wet markets in Asia and elsewhere, to help safe these endangered animals and stop the future virus infection from animals to humans.

If you strongly feel for the issue as I do, please sign the petition and share.

Lets make this highest petition ever on change.org  so that we do not loose any more precious loved ones due to such virus.

P.S.

i. The above statements are based on watching several video's and reading articles online from media organisation, in particular Vox, 60 Minutes Australia.

ii. As the Vox expert Peter Li on the subject points out in the video 'Why new diseases keep appearing in China':

The majority of the people in China do not eat wildlife animals. Those people who consume these wildlife animals are the rich and the powerful –a small minority.”

The Vox video explains how the people of China are themselves victims of the conditions that led to coronavirus. The virus is affecting many different countries and cultures, and there is never justification for xenophobia or racism.

Video Link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPpoJGYlW54&t=188s

60 Minutes Autralia:

Journalist goes undercover at "wet markets", where the Coronavirus started | 60 Minutes Australia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7nZ4mw4mXw&t=911s

iii. The profile pic is taken from the youtube video 'Asia's SCARIEST Meat Market! Dog, Cat, Rat, Bat and more at Tomohon Market in North Sulawesi', uploaded by 'Best Ever Food Review Show, 30 Sep 2018'. 

iv. Information above has also been taken from the article published online at TIME.com 'Don't Blame China. The Next Pandemic Could Come From Anywhere'  

https://time.com/5797739/wild-animals-markets-coronavirus/

v. For live global data on Coronavirus outbreak, please visit the following link:

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/