The wild belongs to the wild

Posted on 10/02/2020 by Harsha Doriya

There are many live animal markets around the world in which animals are kept in cramped, dirty conditions with direct contact with humans. Live markets of Wuhan, China is home to over 100 different animals getting slaughtered and sold in front of customers, and hence called Wet Markets.

The deadly virus has also reached India, and there are three positive cases reported from Kerala.

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In contrast, wild animals such as snakes and birds of prey are poached and brought to state-licensed farms. Looking at the rising human deaths, China announced a ban on its wild animal trade until the crisis is over. The death toll has reached over 500, and many people infected with Coronavirus is growing with no signs of slowing down. There are 24,324 confirmed cases in the row.

The deadly virus has also reached India, and there are three positive cases reported from Kerala. Approximately 2000 people are under observation in Kerala who have visited China/affected countries in the past of whom, 75 are in isolation wards while others are in the incubation period.

The obvious reasons behind the spreading coronavirus are having high population density made up of humans and animals in these live markets i.e., a hotbed for disease outbreaks. Also, these live markets are repulsive places, filled with caged, frightened animals, many of which are captured illegally in the wild. The animals here are skinned and slaughtered, releasing the combination of several microorganisms in the air. The mix of wild and domestic animals in a dreadful and cramped condition, along with the crowds of people choosing their victims, is a pandemic in the making of such scenarios. The place itself was an inevitable consequence of poor hygiene, cross-contamination, and low animal welfare.

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It is high time that these live markets are closed down, or all the parameters for animal welfare are considered. Wild animals have way more threats like the destruction of habitats, conflicts with humans, hunting, poaching, urbanization, and the now the illegal trade for food. The illegal trade of animals must end to save these creatures. 

The wild belongs to the wild, not on your plate!

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