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Can We Trust China to Ban Wet Markets?

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et markets can be found globally, many of which are “quite unsanitary, with blood, entrails, excrement and other waste creating the conditions for disease that migrate from animals to people” and have created “zoonotic diseases” such as “Ebola, HIV, bird flu, swine flu, and SARS” reports National Review.

In late February, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress issued an “edict banning the country’s ‘wet markets,’ including those in Wuhan, the source of the current COVID-19 outbreak.” In the released statement, China notes “it is necessary to strengthen market supervision, resolutely ban and severely crackdown on illegal wildlife markets and trade, and control major public health risks from the source.”

We’ve been down this road with China before. A wet market from the southern Guangdong Province of China gave the world the infamous SARS outbreak in 2003. However, only a temporary Band-Aid was put in place when China placed a ban on wet markets and the wild-animal industry. When the World Health Organization declared SARS was contained, China lifted the ban. 

National Review details China’s sordid past with wild animal farming indicates it’s here to stay. Under Mao Zedong’s state control of rural production “tens of millions of Chinese citizens had died of starvation under a system that could not produce enough food for China’s population.” Mao’s successor lifted the controls to “allow peasant farmers to provide for their own sustenance. Rats, bats, civet cats, pangolins, and other wild animals became staples of rural farming” notes National Review.

Wild animal farming assisted in the growth and danger of wet markets. “Sixty million Americans caught the H1N1 ‘swine flu’ virus in 2009, while the SARS outbreak killed nearly 800 people worldwide. The COVID-19 death toll is already multiples of that.”

National Review begs the question “can we even trust Beijing to keep such bans in place, particularly with a slowing economy and persistent rural poverty?” Governments such as China, whether on purpose or accidental, are incapable of regulating such markets. Therefore, the only solution is for the wet markets to be closed before they continue to be the breeding ground of global pandemics.

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15 Comments

  1. No. China’s culture supports lying, cheating, and thievery. No reason to think they won’t lie about closing wet markets.

  2. COVID-19 didn’t come from any dodgy ‘Bat Soup” at a farmer’s market. Its an engineered pathogen that came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Gregg Jarrett, as one of America’s best investigative reporters, we would have expected you to already know this, and not be riffing off of the debunked “Bat Soup” ‘official narrative’.

  3. Ah diversity. The Middle East and Africa don’t exert much better sanitary conditions and hygiene, but hey, to even mention that is racist. Open all borders now right democrats?

  4. I recently asked a member of the US military who lived in Asia

    “Is Asia interested in giving these wet markets up, eating nasty food – do you think they even CARE?”
    Answer: “Communists are GODLESS – NO, they will not be giving up anything or change anything. They have been doing it this way for 5,000 years. How come the people of North Korea put up with what they do, or the people of CHINA for that matter? They’ve lost the idea of rising up and freedom. NOT ALL CULTURES are the same – DO YOU GET IT?!” That’s what we’ve been TRYING TO TELL YOU!

  5. China may be forced to do it themselves after Trump and the rest of the world bring the hammer down on them. We can`t keep getting screwed by these 3rd world practices in China. Some of the stuff they do with their food is barbarian.

  6. Q+ sent me. We can’t trust China to do anything that might benefit us. Globalism is dead (or should be).

  7. 21 million fewer cell phones working in China. Is their death toll as low as they claim? Without G5 phones Chinese are almost unable to buy groceries at wet markets.

  8. Lie isn’t China’s culture, it’s CCP’s patent

  9. very good post.
    sick people over there and now they are here.

  10. agree. to widespread and too fast for this to be a natural occurence.

  11. China stands condemned, but more so the UN, Govt’s worldwide, and the mainstream media are also condemned for their lack of action on China and other countries that have wet markets and trade in the barbaric slaughter of eg. Rhinos or Elephants. How can this be allowed to go on when this is not the first time. Add up deaths from SARS and Covid 19. Chinese Communist Party stands condemned.

    Read this, and above all note the last paragraph.

    https://cmr.asm.org/content/cmr/20/4/660.full.pdf

    SHOULD WE BE READY FOR THE REEMERGENCE
    OF SARS?
    The medical and scientific community demonstrated marvelous efforts in the understanding and control of SARS within
    a short time, as evident by over 4,000 publications available
    online. Despite these achievements, gaps still exist in terms of
    the molecular basis of the physical stability and transmissibility
    of this virus, the molecular and immunological basis of disease
    pathogenesis in humans, screening tests for early or cryptic
    SARS cases, foolproof infection control procedures for patient
    care, effective antivirals or antiviral combinations, the usefulness of immunomodulatory agents for late presenters, an effective vaccine with no immune enhancement, and the immediate animal host that transmitted the virus to caged civets in the
    market at the beginning of the epidemic. Coronaviruses are well
    known to undergo genetic recombination (375), which may lead
    to new genotypes and outbreaks. The presence of a large reservoir of SARS-CoV-like viruses in horseshoe bats, together with
    the culture of eating exotic mammals in southern China, is a time
    bomb. The possibility of the reemergence of SARS and other
    novel viruses from animals or laboratories and therefore the need
    for preparedness should not be ignored.

  12. Chinese wet markets aren’t for mostly for sustenance. They are for their cultural obsession with “natural” aphrodisiacs. Many had hoped that the introduction of drugs such as Viagra would help stop the poaching of endangered animals and the torture of other animals such as dogs, bears, civets from being stripped of their testicles while still alive, boiled alive in hot oils..the more the torture the more “potency” given to the consumer, the more endangered the more “potency” given to the consumer. It’s a sick, sick superstitious practice. And it makes people around the world sick because of their practices.

  13. The “sustenance” excuse is bunk. Chinese wet markets are there for their cultural obsession with “natural” aphrodisiacs. The Chinese are responsible for the poaching of endangered animals in Africa and Asia and the torture of other animals such as dogs, bears, civets being stripped of their testicles while still alive, boiled alive in hot oils..the more the torture the more “potency” given to the consumer, the more endangered the more “potency” given to the consumer. It’s a sick, sick superstitious practice. And it makes people around the world sick because of their sick obsessions.

  14. Nano engineered,exhilarating molecular contaminator

  15. Wrong, Bats carry several viruses. The bats excrement is found on berries. Civets eat the berries, the Chinese in the disgusting wet markets eat the Civets. That’s how SARS was created. The wet markets are filthy. Covid-19 is also from bats. Their excrement was transferred to Pangolins, They were illegally trapped and sold at the wet markets. Several scientist have traced the diseases back to the bats. China banned illegal wildlife trapping but lifted it after the SARS pandemic was done.Now the world is fighting Covid19 because of their stupidity. Have you ever seen the Yulin dog slaughter? Its horrific. If China doesn’t shut down the dog meat trade and the wet markets this will keep happening.

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