MONDAY, April 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Sometime in the late fall of 2019, probably in a live-animal “wet market” in Wuhan, China, a strain of coronavirus previously harbored only by animals made the leap to humans.
There are various theories on the intermediary species involved — snakes, bats or even an armadillo-like creature called the pangolin have been implicated.
A few months later, a global pandemic triggered by that mutated virus has infected more than 1.9 million, killed over 115,000, and devastated economies.
Now, advocates in the animal rights and public health spheres are warning that an even worse outbreak could occur if the world’s wet markets aren’t shuttered for good.
China, especially, has a long history of selling live wildlife for food or medicinal reasons in urban wet markets.
According to Humane Society International (HSI), after COVID-19 went global, international pressure forced China to introduce a temporary ban