Despite being hit with a massive outbreak and loss of life, the wet markets in China have now reopened and they’re still selling controversial items such as bats, cats, and dogs.
Even though they suggest the coronavirus pandemic is waning in China, reportedly, the same wet markets that spawned COVID-19 recently and SARS 20 years ago are reopening, with sales of bats, cats, and dogs resuming and many are calling for them to be shut down immediately and permanently.
Cages full of live animals awaiting slaughter, along with the unsanitary conditions where they are ‘prepared’ as food, are once again becoming a common sight, according to correspondents from the UK’s Daily Mail, who saw the markets first-hand.
The Chinese Communist government had ordered the wet markets closed in January after it emerged that the coronavirus was likely transmitted to humans from a horseshoe bat sold at one of the filthy markets in Wuhan city, Business Insider noted.
But now that China claims it has beaten back the virus, the markets appear to be flourishing again.
“The markets have gone back to operating in exactly the same way as they did before coronavirus,” said a Daily Mail correspondent who observed the markets re-opening Dongguan. “The only difference is that security guards try to stop anyone taking pictures which would never have happened before.”
Another of the Daily Mail reporters in Guilin, located in southwest China, photographed a sign advertising the sale of snakes, bats, lizards, spiders, and scorpions as treatments for common ailments.
In addition, images have started showing up on social media of traditional Chinese foods that are odd by Western standards but nevertheless commonly consumed by Chinese.
CNBC host Jim Cramer even tweeted a video of live scorpions being offered for sale.
Chinese food market circa now pic.twitter.com/oWE7pHf9yQ
— Jim Cramer (@jimcramer) February 24, 2020
U.S. intelligence officials reported earlier this week that the Chinese government covered up the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, leading many to speculate that Beijing is continuing to do so.