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originally posted by: SleeperHasAwakened
a reply to: chr0naut
Hi, thanks for your reply.
Can you provide a link (and maybe 1-2 additional ones)? I hadn't read about that yet.
Nevertheless, from the description of the markets and their modus operandi, ..... just because you don't sample the fare from animal A, doesn't mean it's not stored next to or close by the specimen of animal B you *did* purchase/consume.
These places sound a lot less like a butcher's counter at a market than a neolithic era hunting camp.
originally posted by: MissSmartypants
a reply to: SleeperHasAwakened
Why in the world would Chinese citizens even WANT to buy meat from those places now?
Don't Chinese grocery stores sell packaged meats? Somebody please explain to me the allure of buying meat from a wet market? Are people worried that grocery store meat won't be fresh enough? I just don't get it.
originally posted by: vonclod
originally posted by: Jay-morris
originally posted by: vonclod
I thought China was cleaning that sh#t up.
Carpet bomb them
Stick to playing call of duty!
Don't play video games, and I'm talking about the wet markets..pretty much hyperbole anyway.
But ya, I don't care for how some Chinese view the animal kingdom. Lots of superstitious, voodoo bullsh#t, and for status.
Sorry if you don't like it, I'm pretty fair but some things I don't have to like.
originally posted by: Stormdancer777
Maybe they are not worried because they know it didn't come from the wet market.
They've been selling wild animals for centuries. The CCP 'cracks down' on tons of things to save face and then turns their backs to it when the attention has moved away. Not odd at all, the crack down was the CCP saving face.
originally posted by: SleeperHasAwakened
China is permitting wild animal markets to resume selling bats, believed to be the source for the deadly coronavirus now killing people across the globe, including over 2,500 Americans to date, British reporters say.
Chinese authorities in January closed down the Wuhan city “wet” market after five of its workers were among the first diagnosed with what would become COVID-19.
A number of scientists say it is likely that bats either infected other market animals or humans directly. Bats carry a variety of coronaviruses and are blamed on for the 2002 SARS coronavirus epidemic that also originated in a Chinese market.
The Chinese people’s congress voted Feb. 24 to close all the country’s wild animal markets.
The British Daily Mail newspaper reported on Saturday that, “Will they ever learn? Chinese markets are still selling bats and slaughtering rabbits on blood-soaked floors as Beijing celebrates ‘victory’ over coronavirus
On-scene British reporters say Chinese markets again selling bats, likely source of deadly pandemic
This story caught my eye this morning; still looking for additional facts from other sources to corroborate.
Arguably the biggest single point of contention regarding the COVID-19 pandemic has been how was the virus originally transmitted to the public in China.
The "official" line (which AFAICT is the stance of both the CCP and most MSM outlets) has been that this manifestation of the Coronavirus originated in the so-called "wet markets" within the city of Wuhan, renowned for selling raw meat harvested from wild, exotic animals that are not managed as typical livestock would be cared for in a traditional agricultural setting.
Speculation has abounded that this idea of Coronavirus spreading from the "wet markets" is a ruse, intentionally fabricated to conceal either an intentional release or accidental escape of the virus from a top level Chinese biological research facility, inexplicably located inside the city of Wuhan, which has a population of ~10 million people.
There have even been theories that both of the above are true, and that an employee of the bio research facility might have unwittingly brought the virus outside the lab into the wet market, as the lab and several wet markets are separated by mere city blocks.
A recent published study in the science journal Nature splashed cold water on the theory that COVID is a labratory-spawned construct, with the study's authors asserting the virus showed no signs of genetic alteration, and likely acquired its virulent and deadly properties from evolutionary change (natural selecion).
Be that as it may, we still have not answered the fundamental question here: FROM WHERE DID PATIENT ZERO RECEIVE THE VIRUS? Despite the study in Nature, simply discounting the possibility of COVID as a man-made virus says NOTHING about where the outbreak originated from. There is absolutely no reason that an alleged high-level, restricted bio research facility such as the one in Wuhan would not have naturally occurring, unaltered copies of the virus in their inventory for later study, or simply as a control sample for ongoing studies.
Even without any conclusive evidence to answer the question of where the virus came from, and for the sake of argument, assuming we all suspect no malicious/careless link to the Wuhan research facility, WHY ON EARTH would the wet markets reopen??? As other parts of the world are in the grips of battling the most deadly contagion to have hit humanity since the 1918 Spanish Flu, the Chinese have decided to throw caution to the wind. Despite any firm answers on whether or not the wet markets were indeed the point of origin, they are returning to "business as usual".
Are the Chinese tacitly confirming COVID-19 was released from a lab, and hence the wet markets are indeed safe to reopen now?
Do the Chinese feel that they have put in place additional measures to combat viral infection from the wet markets?
Do the Chinese even care about their own citizens' safety, let alone the safety of those outside their border?
Is this a prelude to another, more deadly round of pathogens to let fly from within China?
Way more questions than answers at this point.
originally posted by: AoT119
Thats not the issue...certain animals have long been considered delicacies in China and Asia; for centuries and possibly millennia. Things like bat stew and shark fin soup. The truth is thus; persons indigenous and local to the native environments of these exotic animals - where they have long existed in nature, where they've long been bought and sold...and eaten - simply would not fall ill to any virus specific to these species...because they have a long term built up IMMUNITY to them. That big Wuhan 'Wet' Market? If those bats were indeed the source of the pandemic, and if they were also harvested in or around Wuhan Province, this C19 would never have gone anywhere.
Every virus that has emerged since W. Nile in 2002; SARS/04, Bird Flu/05, Swine Flu (H1N1)/09, Ebola/14, ZIKA/16 and SARS/CoV2/19-now came from a laboratory. CoVid19 was upgraded to its current iteration at UNC/Chapel Hill in 2015. People have no idea.
And oh...bats, like shark fins, are not actually eaten. Chinese bats have approximately ZERO meat on them, they're skin, bones and some digestive organs, thats about it. Someone show me an image of 'bat meat' being sold, or an image of 'bat meat' prepared and plated, ready for feasting on. LOl. Neither are shark fins eaten; they are skin & cartilage. Instead, both are usually dried, salted, sometimes smoked... and then added to a noodle soup for flavor enhancement..and a lil added mystique i suppose. reply to: MissSmartypants
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