China's 'wet markets' have reopened - ban travel to and from China until they are closed.

China's 'wet markets' have reopened - ban travel to and from China until they are closed.

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James Robinson started this petition to US Congress

China's 'wet markets' like the one where Covid-19 outbreak began have reopened amid a raging global Pandemic. 

Wet markets where live animals are sold, slaughtered and skinned, in appalling unhygienic conditions as customers browse the stalls, have reopened across China.

Terrifying scenes of animal cruelty are being recorded throughout the Asian country as it returns to normality following the lock-down.

The Wuhan wet market, has been widely blamed as the source of the virus by world scientists. The virus has killed tens of thousands of people across the world, and will continue to take the lives of many more.

A pangolin infected by bats is widely believed to be the source of the outbreak.

Experts believe China's wildlife markets, where live animals are flogged and exotic pets are butchered for food, are a “ticking time bomb” for new, deadly pandemics.

Speaking before the Chinese markets reopened; Steve Galster, founder of Freeland, a Bangkok-based anti-trafficking group warned: “Wuhan is a major wake-up call – mother nature’s revenge."

"The way to prevent further outbreaks is to stop the trade." 

“Most wildlife is trafficked by gangsters. This is not a regulated trade, so no wonder there are infections and viruses spreading.

“HIV, SARS and bird flu all came from animals and now this one too. These markets are ticking time bombs."

The Asian Flu in 1956 killed between one and four million people worldwide. SARS in 2002 infected 8,098 and killed 774 in seventeen counties. H7N9 emerged ten years later to strike at least 1,223 people and kill four out of every ten of them. All from China. Now the Coronavirus. 

In the market stalls; holders are notorious for the cruelty they inflict upon monkeys, cats, dogs, and many other animals which are slaughtered in front of buyers.

They sell bats, commonly made into a curried stew, as a traditional “cure” for respiratory diseases.

Skewered rats grilled on barbecues are also available to buy, alongside snakes and lizards.

Let the United States Congress know that future travel between China should be revoked until China shuts down these disgusting markets and practices. For both the sake of humanity and the abused animals. 

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