China: Thousands of wild animals for sale in Wuhan wet markets prior to the coronavirus pandemic

Animals, Asia, China, Coronavirus, Health, Infection, Origins, Reservoir, Science, Transmission

Horrendous new report: “Here we document 47,381 individuals from 38 species, including 31 protected species sold between May 2017 and November 2019 in Wuhan’s markets. The wild animals on sale in Wuhan suffered poor welfare and hygiene conditions and we detail a range of other zoonotic infections they can potentially vector.”

Here we present a unique and original dataset recording wild animal sales across Wuhan City’s animal markets between May 2017 and November 2019. We investigate which wildlife species (including both wild-caught and farmed non-domesticated species) were actually being sold for food and as pets, what quantities were involved, and to what extent vendors violated their trading permits. We also list zoonotic pathogens recorded in Chinese wild animal markets and/ or farms since 2009, along with broader notes on infections established for these species. We evaluate these data in the context of China’s renewed commitment to enforce and build on pre-existing laws within a culture of traditional wildlife exploitation. Finally, we make pragmatic policy recommendations for better regulating the animal trade pervasive in China, integrating with ethics, education and enforcement. Animal sales from Wuhan wet markets immediately prior to the COVID-19 pandemic


China: Zhengli/Daszak/Ecohealth – “Serological Evidence of Bat SARS-Related Coronavirus Infection in Humans, China” 2018


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** This post was originally published on June 10, 2021 **