Chinese Market In Wuhan, Where Coronavirus Started, Sells The Meat Of Over 100 Animals, Including Live Koalas, Snakes, And Wolf Puppies

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Chinese Market In Wuhan, Where Coronavirus Started, Sells The Meat Of Over 100 Animals, Including Live Koalas, Snakes, And Wolf Puppies

As China continues to take measures to face the deadly coronavirus outbreak, outdoor food markets that sell both live and dead animals have been labeled "ground zero" by authorities regarding the viral epidemic.


State authorities recently banned the trade of live animals in Chinese markets. The famous Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, the city where the virus is believed to have started, was previously closed on January 1, 2020. The market faces the most scrutiny for allegedly selling the meat of more than 100 animals, including live rats, wolf puppies, live peacocks, exotic snakes, porcupines, and even live koalas, according to images circulating online.


The vast outdoor marketplace is comprised of many rows of narrow lanes cluttered with butchers, shopkeepers, and consumers seeking the freshest cuts of uncooked meat. According to Business Insider, people come in constant contact with live and dead animals at the market, which makes it far more comfortable for the virus to spread into the human population.



Relatively common animals include hares, chicken, shrimp, pigs, and dogs, but a shocking array of exotic cuts can be found, including crocodile tongue, giant salamanders, and civets. Chinese consumption of civet meat had been the cause of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak back in 2003, as AFP reports. The SARS virus that originated with bats was found across wildlife markets in the country.



While the country's authorities have outlawed the trafficking of many wild species—particularly since the outbreak of SARS—conservationists say that the regulations are too loose generally but particularly for species farmed for commercial purposes.



Meanwhile, experts warned it's "quite possible" that the deadly virus will spread to Australia, as health authorities confirmed that a person in Sydney is under quarantine after possibly contracting the deadly coronavirus.


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