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Chinese Wildlife Meat: Why Some Chinese Eat Snakes and Bats?

Even though the World Health Organization has issued various advisories regarding the ongoing situation people across the world continue to share their personal opinion regarding food choices.

A popular former Pakistan’s cricketer has blame China’s eating habits for the corner virus and has even claimed that the Chinese had put the world at stake.

According to him, halal food has never caused such problems the former Pakistani cricketer is not the only one who has brought their food habit into the discussion. Earlier on February 21st Letta stated in its news release that the coronavirus is known to have originated in a market in Wuhan, China. 

A wet market was alive and dead animals are sold for human consumption. In this case, pangolins and bats were sold for soup but it’s not the first time such viruses have been traced back to live animals, most commonly pigs and chickens who were confined, shipped, killed and eaten.

According to Paris President Ingrid Newkirk “Filthy factory farms, slaughterhouses, and meat markets threatened the help of every human being on the planet by providing a breeding ground for deadly diseases by coronavirus SARS bird flu and others.” 

According to Gao foo director of China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the origin of the new coronavirus is the wildlife solve illegally in a Wuhan seafood market.

But why do Chinese eat so many types of wildlife animals? Well, some connected to the famine between 1959 and 1961 and to the cultural revolution and some say that this cultural habit is even older than that.

According to Hu Xingdou, a Chinese economist the answer lies in China’s economical political and cultural roots.

He stated Chinese people view food as their primary need because starving is a big threat and an unforgettable part of the national memory.

Today that all cultural habit has blossomed into a multi-billion dollar industry, it is worth mentioning that Article 17 of the law of the People’s Republic of China on the protection of Wildlife states that the State shall encourage the domestication and breeding of wildlife.

In 2017 the Chinese Academy of Engineering released a report sponsored by the government that found that the country’s wildlife trade provided employment to over 1 million people and was valued as being worth over 73 billion dollars.

A 2012 study conducted by the Beijing Normal University and the China Wildlife Conservation Association found that a third of people in China’s major cities had used wild animals as a food source clothing item or medicine at some point in their life.

Researchers also found that of the total respondents only 52 percent were in agreement that wildlife should not be used for consumption.

Anyway, what one eats is one’s personal choice but it is also important to use the best available science to make well-informed decisions.

It is a serious situation and at this stage, the best option is to be well prepared and listen to the experts. We encourage our readers to visit the WHO web page to familiarize themselves with the latest updates. 

Please do not spread any rumors and let’s do everything to stay united and strong.

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