How wildlife trade is linked to coronavirus

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And why the disease first appeared in China.

NOTE: As our expert Peter Li points out in the video, “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.” This 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.

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As of early March 2020, a new coronavirus, called COVID-19, is in more than 70 countries and has killed more than 3,100 people, the vast majority in China. That's where the virus emerged back in December 2019. This isn't a new phenomenon for China; in 2003, the SARS virus also emerged there, and under similar circumstances, before spreading around the world and killing nearly 800.

Both SARS and COVID-19 are in the "coronavirus" family, and both appear to have emerged from animals in China's notorious wildlife markets. Experts had long predicted that these markets, known to be potential sources of disease, would enable another outbreak. The markets, and the wildlife trade that supports them, are the underlying problem of these pandemics; until China solves that problem, more are likely to emerge.

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💬 Comments on the video

*Finally, someone makes a video discussing the fact that Chinese wet markets are dangerous without being racist* . Thank you!

Author — Nav Sohanpaul


These wet markets are not only unsanitary, but it is also animal abuse

Author — Susana Mosquera


the fact that they didn't learn from sars..

Author — ingrid tillman


There's a real and big difference between blaming "The Chinese" and "The People's Republic of China."

Author — mechasentai


"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
- Mahatma Gandhi

Author — YouTube Zone


Those “wet markets” have to be one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever seen 🤮

Author — Jef Varnadore


6 March - Death rate: 3, 127
14 April - Death rate: 120, 851

Me: *Mom come pick me up, I'm scared*

Author — Alvin Paul


Coronavirus: *exists*
That one guy in Wuhan:
*Soup time*

Author — Khantnyi Lynn14


Hold China accountable for their actions.
Everyone should know about this by now.
Facts can not be racist.
They are the reason Wildlife Poaching and these terrible viruses came into existence.

Author — Miles Manges


Let’s not forget the hunting of elephants and rhinos, sharks and totoabas, to add to the stupidity of those beliefs in traditional Chinese “medicine”.

Author — Victor Alcantar


That market looks straight up disgusting.

Author — Terry H


None of this wouldve happened if the chinese government banned and discourage this industry. Plus it would save alot of endangered wild animals

Author — Ramieverse !


There's the phrase
"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

China is very good at being an example.

Author — Thyla7


2019:stay away from negative people's
2020:stay away from positive people's

Author — Awesome Gaming


Are they running out of food that they have to eat pangolins and bears? This makes me sick. 🤮

Author — delilah28100


China after a pandemic disease is cured: Let’s go back to selling wildlife animals again

Nature: How many times do we have to teach you this lesson old man?!!

Author — ArcTitan


So it started with wild
Animals being eaten to sustain life. Now the
Animals are taking lives!.



I Swear it was called Wuhan Virus 🦠 TRUMP : ch-in-a

Author — 92chrisgarcia


The Chinese always found a way to make animals suffer.

Author — Thiem Van


World: finally sars is gone
Chinese government: wait wait it's funnier the second time

Author — Pro Catholic