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By opening wet markets, Beijing threatens itself and the rest of the world

Despite the outbreak of COVID-19 still taking place in full force, Chinese authorities have began gradually opening the so-called “wet markets”1, where next to traditional animal produce and seafood one can also purchase exotic animal meat – these markets have often served as ground zero for different animal viruses being transmitted to humans.

At the moment, we are aware of the outbreaks of at least three viruses linked with Chinese wet markets:

1.     2004-2007 epidemic of the bird flu (H5N1);

2.     2002-2003 SARS epidemic;

3.     current COVID-19 pandemic.

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci believes the opening of these wet markets is irresponsibility on the side on Beijing.2 One cannot disagree with this, but despite justified criticism from scientists Beijing has decided to open up wet markets to customers, once again threatening not only the health of its own citizens, but also every person on Earth.

While Western countries continue doing everything in their power to stop the virus from spreading, including potentially damaging their economies, China is not willing to do as much as halt the work of a single industry. Therefore, a reasonable question comes to mind – why has the Chinese government, in spite of admitting that these wet markets have been the nests of infection for different viruses3, decided not to shut them down?

One of the arguments coming from Beijing’s apologists often has to do with Chinese traditional values, which allegedly largely consist of consuming exotic animals and using them in traditional medicine. Therefore, any issues expressed with these wet markets and their historical significance are being explained by westerners being closed minded or even racist towards the Chinese.

It is true that Chinese traditional medicine and cuisine have historically employed different exotic animals, however the phenomenon of wet markets is relatively new. The proportion of wild animals in Chinese cuisine is directly linked with the famine induced by the communist regime in the late 50s and early 60s of the previous century. The Great Chinese Famine was the consequence of the industrialization policies (known as the “great leap forward”) implemented by Chairman of the Communistic Party Mao Zedong. During this time, China’s agrarian community was forcefully industrialized, which resulted in the collapse of agriculture and the inability of the state to provide sustenance to its citizens.4

To combat the deadly famine, the Chinese government decided to allow its citizens to raise any animals, including exotic ones, for sale or consumption. Due to this being the only sphere which was privatized and not rigorously overseen by the authorities, the trade of exotic animals became a booming industry within the weakened economy of communist China.

Naturally, over time, the habits of Chinese citizens changed and increasingly often their daily menus began featuring wild animals. Only after the Chinese government was able to renew sufficient production of pork, beef and chicken did the popularity of using wild animals as food began to gradually decrease.

Thus, we can reasonably conclude that the use of exotic animals as food is not part of Chinese cultural heritage, as argued by Beijing’s apologists, but instead the consequence of widespread famine caused by the communist regime.

Although official statistics suggest that nowadays an increasing part of the Chinese public is against consuming exotic animals (97% of those interviewed in 2017 expressed such an opinion)5, wet markets remain popular among the Chinese people and they have proven to be quite a lucrative business opportunity. According to estimates by the Chinese government, in 2017 the turnover in these wet markets reached approximately 73 billion US dollars.6

This means that owners of these wet markets have had the opportunity to pressure officials and politicians of the communist party in order to lobby their business interests on the highest level. As a result of this lobby, Beijing, despite warnings from scientists and Western nations, has decided to take a risk and open the wet markets for customers, posing a significant threat to the health and lives of its own citizens along with everyone on this planet.

 

[1] https://nypost.com/2020/04/13/chinas-wet-markets-back-in-business-despite-us-calls-to-shut-them/

[2] https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/16/835937420/calls-grow-to-ban-wet-markets?t=1587454319610

[3] https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/mar/18/china-knew-years-bats-caused-disease-yet-left-wild/

[4] https://meaww.com/coronavirus-chinese-wet-markets-origin-history-1970-s-millions-died-of-starvation-under-mao-zedong

[5] http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-02/25/c_138817298.htm

[6] 战略咨询报告/中国野生动物养殖产业可持续发展战略研究报告.pdf

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BobValdez
BobValdez
April 24, 2020

So the seppos develop viruses carrried by bats, which normally cannot transmit to humans. They fuck around with the genetic structure of these viruses to make them transmittable to humans, then release them to test their effects and “punish” certain countries for non-compliance with seppo diktat.

Olivia Kroth
April 24, 2020

Again this Latvian author, the rabid Russia hater! He seems to be a rabid China hater, too. How much is NATO, CIA, Pentagon paying you for your junk texts? Cloudy Mountain? The Latvian word “Makonkalns” in English means “cloudy mountain”. Nomen est omen.

Topolcats
Topolcats
April 24, 2020

This picture that is shown with the corresponding article was not taken in China. You can see the peoples’ bodies are not Chinese people and in the background, it would seem to me the photo was taken somewhere in Indonesia or Palau. My guess from the background is that is was taken in Palau or Indonesia. More fabrication from “TheDuran” via other sites. No this photo was not taken in a Chinese market in China.

Jim Reed
Jim Reed
Reply to  Topolcats
April 26, 2020

Could be Indonesia? But all the buyers and sellers appear to be Chinese. Indonesia is 10% ethnic Chinese. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_-rbv0tp2k

At 0:21 is a near match.

Clarity
Clarity
April 24, 2020

Every butcher shop is a wet market, regardless of country. If 97% are against consuming exotic animals, as the article states, then it is rather likely that exotic animals are not offered much in such a market. That they are the exception, rather than the norm. Since the author does not really know what a Chinese wet market is, the article is pretty redundant. Especially since changes to the wet markets have been implemented in China. Just like a Walmart will no longer offer products that caused a listeria outbreak, or an e coli outbreak. Gosh, why did I bother… Read more »

T W Huning
T W Huning
April 24, 2020

SARS-CoV-2 did not come from the”:wet” market. It came from the lab. $3,700,000

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  T W Huning
April 25, 2020

Yes, it came from a lab run by the US Secret Services.

Jim Reed
Jim Reed
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 26, 2020

No, Taunus Girl, the US lab in North Carolina investigating corona-type viri ? 🙂 in a joint project with Communist China, was shutdown by HHS, in 2018, when they decided it was too dangerous. The Red Chinese then offered the chief US researcher a fat, juicy contract and he and all the research was moved to Woo-han.

Zintis Znotins
Zintis Znotins
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 30, 2020

No, you my KGB friend are wrong, this virus was invented by Kadirov’s lab DON!

malcolm harrison
malcolm harrison
April 25, 2020

The wet markets in Wuhan are just one of thousands of such markets around the world. What is dangerous in Wuhan is also dangerous elsewhere. There is every sign that Beijing would happily close Wuhan wet markets, but cant for cultural reasons.

Jim Reed
Jim Reed
April 26, 2020

Nobody believes this Red China BS that their coronavirus originated in a wetmarket. Even the huge bribes they are paying to WHO medi-crats won’t distort reality. The Chinese “scientists” just let it get loose, like the previous Chinese SARS and MERS epidemics.

These epidemics all started close to the Chinese communist biological “research” facility. Wow, what an amazing coinkydink!

Three strikes, you should be called out.

Zintis Znotins
Zintis Znotins
April 30, 2020

Russiam trolls shut the fuck up! PISTIE VATŅIKI AIZVERAT PĀKSITI!

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