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[Wild Life Trade] Fur Farming And Wildlife Trade As ‘Areas Of Interest’ In COVID-19 Origin Report

'The report provides a stark warning about the devastating public  health risks of exploiting wild animals ' The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the wildlife trade and fur farming as ‘areas of interest’ in its latest report on the origin of COVID-19. The Animal and Environmental Studies section of the document states that the possible pathways of emergence considered to be ‘likely to very likely’ was introduction via an intermediary host. Fur farming and wildlife trade A specific recommendation in the report calls for ‘surveys for SARSr-CoVs in farmed wildlife or livestock that have potential to be infected’. This includes species bred for food such as ferret-badgers and civets. As well animals such as mink bred for fur. Non-profit the Humane Society International (HSI) says the report shows that fur farming and wildlife trading ‘must be banned’. It branded the practices a ‘petri dish for the next global pandemic’. Continue...  

[Wet Markets] 'It's going to happen again': Fears wet markets could lead to another deadly disease

Oluwo Fish Market teems with life. It is a wet market just outside Lagos, Nigeria's largest city. ITV News secretly filmed there - a place awash with animals - alive and dead. Scientists believe wet markets are a breeding ground for disease, a high risk environment, from where the next pandemic could emerge. The very concept of a “wet market” means the presence of blood and bodily fluids. It is a marketplace selling fresh meat and fish, as opposed to a “dry market” that sells durable products. Not all wet markets sell live animals. Not all of them trade in wild and exotic animals, but some do, and some of those have been linked to outbreaks of zoonotic diseases, where an infection crosses the species barrier from animal to human. Exhibit A. Covid-19. The pandemic that allegedly originated at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China .  Continue

COVID-19: A Wake-Up Call For Our Abuse Of Animals

Our use and abuse of animals has demanded change for a long time.  This pandemic has shown us the life or death consequences of failing to act. A new report from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is a call to action for animals. It proposes nine policies aimed at reducing the risk of another pandemic arising from zoonotic (originating in animals) disease. The novel coronavirus, responsible for COVID-19, likely developed in bats and infected humans through an intermediate host, and it isn’t the first time this has happened. The pathogens responsible for Ebola, avian flu, swine flu, mad cow disease, and SARS all came from animals. An estimated 73% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic. As for known infectious diseases, almost three in five (58%)—think rabies or salmonella– are transmitted by animals. Human activity, and the use and misuse of animals, are frequently behind the spillover of contagions from animals to humans. In response to this now glaring threat, the

[News] Source of Covid-19 Pandemic Narrowed Down to Two Locations

A member of the World Health Organization investigative team says wildlife farms in southern China are the most likely source of the COVID-19 pandemic. China shut down those wildlife farms in February 2020, says Peter Daszak , a disease ecologist with EcoHealth Alliance and a member of the WHO delegation that traveled to China this year. During that trip, Daszak says, the WHO team found new evidence that these wildlife farms were supplying vendors at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan with animals. Daszak told NPR that the government response was a strong signal that the Chinese government thought those farms were the most probable pathway for a coronavirus in bats in southern China to reach humans in Wuhan. Those wildlife farms, including ones in the Yunnan region, are part of a unique project that the Chinese government has been promoting for 20 years now. Continue