What’s the link between Wildlife trade & Coronavirus

The world has nearly come to a standstill with the outbreak of coronavuris. With World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring it as pandemic, the panic surrounding it has only surged. Currently, over 290,322 coronavuris cases have been registered worldwide. Out of which 11,962 have died and the count continues. With the numbers rising globally, the gravity of the the novel COVID 19 and the effect could be analysed.

Coronavirus first triggered in Wuhan, China. It is believed that Virus first broke out in Wuhan, the place where wildlife trade market is prevalent which consists of peacocks, porcupines, bats and rats among other species.  By the time, Chinese government went full throttle, the damage was done with the virus becoming crossover and being the carrier to other countries.

While everyone is underlying the fact of the effects corona would have on global economy among others, the root cause of the  COVID 19 should be unraveled.

A video done by new website Vox has decoded link between Chinese wildlife trade and the pandemic coronavirus. The video shows expert Peter Li speaks how wildlife trade came into existence and how it turn into hub for illegal wildlife trade for some traders. While, the Chinese domestic law regulates legal wildlife trade, it is very difficult to regulate the illegal ones. Previously, viruses like  Ebola and SARs also had crossover from animals to humans.

Expert Peter Li states in the video, “The majority of the people in China do not eat wildlife animals. Those people who consume these wildlife animals are the rich and the powerful –a small minority.” The underlying question is how safe is to endanger lives of the humanity to satiate taste-buds of few minority rich people? Post the Corona outbreak, China has lockdown Wuhan market, but many voices are echoing to put a permanent ban on wildlife trade to safeguard humanity.