Meat markets ideal for spread of virus

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Humans are cutting down forests, wiping out all other life forms habitats on a massive scale. 

Eighty percent of earth’s land animals and plants live in forests. Cutting them down brings us into contact with disease-carrying species.

And the Chinese eat anything and everything!

“Eating wild animals is considered a luxury because of their rarity and cost,” says Yanzhong Huang, a public heath expert at the Council for Foreign Relations.

Some practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine also believe that eating exotic creatures can cure certain ailments and boost “male potency.”

“This is just part of Chinese cultur. They love to eat anything alive.”  

The 2002-03 SARS pandemic was traced to civet cats sold in another wet market in southern Guandong province. In “wet markets” (so named because of the large quantities of water used to slosh the floors), a mixture of urine, feces and other bodily fluids from live, wild creatures ends up mixing with blood from butchered animals, providing ideal opportunities for viruses and bacteria to thrive.

“In many people’s eyes, animals are living for man, not sharing the earth with man,” said Wang Song, a retired researcher of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Sound familiar? Genesis 9:3: Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.

Religious leaders/believers might look at this pandemic excitedly as a biblical prophecy unfolding. Tribulation. But that’s only suppose to last seven years or so and the planet has been in a state of tribulation ever since humans made the scene.

What it is – is the natural consequence of human overpopulation, just desserts. Happy Earth Day!

Diane Daiute

Sweet Home

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