Frozen Meat Of Eagles, Leopard Cats And Squirrels Seized In China

SourceNEWSWEEK

Newsweek:– Authorities have seized hundreds of frozen carcasses, including raccoons and leopard cats, from a refrigerator facility in Pingguo, southeast China, over fears the illegal meat could be harboring diseases akin to the coronavirus.

Last week’s raid is one of the latest actions taken during the government’s crackdown on the sale of unregulated meat, after a temporary ban was placed on the wildlife trade in January.

According to AsiaWire, the contraband goods were sold online, primarily via Chinese social media platform WeChat. Police believe the operation was conducted by a female suspect, surname Huang, who is currently being held in custody.

Huang’s arrest followed a raid on refrigeration facilities on January 31, which uncovered hundreds of carcasses, including: two leopard cats, three eagles, three pheasants, 48 raccoons, 30 squirrels and 250 birds.

Police told reporters the suspect had been trading in frozen wildlife for “an extended period of time,” and has admitted to purchasing, freezing and selling exotic meat.

“She also created a WeChat chat group, access to which was granted to loyal customers,” said police officer Tan Chunmao,  AsiaWire reports.

The operation follows a temporary ban introduced by the Chinese government, prohibiting the sale of wild animals until a nationwide epidemic of the new coronavirus has subsided—though conservationists are pushing to make the measure more permanent for animal welfare reasons as well as public health, the BBC reported.

The ban preventing wildlife being transported or traded online or in-person is intended to prevent the spread of new diseases by removing a channel for transmission. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 75 percent of new or emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, meaning they spread to humans from animals.

The decision to “resolutely ban and severely crack down” on the trade comes after scientists traced the spread of the mystery illness to a seafood market in Wuhan, Hubei Province, where live animals were being sold.

Paul Hunter, a professor in medicine at the U.K.’s Norwich School of Medicine, University of East Anglia, previously told Newsweek that aerosols produced in the handling of live animals and in the butchery/food preparation process are possible routes of transmission.

While the origin of the Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is unconfirmed, many experts cite bats as the most likely source. The animals have already been linked to more than 200 viruses, including SARS and Ebola.

Since the outbreak began, more than 20,000 people have been infected with the virus and more than 400 have died. According to the CDC, 11 people have tested positive in the U.S. in the states of Arizona, California, Illinois and Massachusetts and Washington.

6 COMMENTS

  1. It is true that traditionally they do eat anything that moves. My own Chinese friends have
    admitted that they themselves who frequently buy from Chinese Supermarkets partake in
    that tradition, but not only them, some other South Asian Nations do the same. My advice
    to all, YOU HAVE FISH IN ABUNDANCE ALL AROUND YOU, IT IS FREE, GO GET SOME.
    Stop eating ‘Bouden or Blood Pudding’ don’t eat land Crab but Sea Crab is O.K. no Manicu
    leave the Birds alone, I do encourage you to ‘eat Sea Moss’ that is good. I discourage the
    consumption of PIG, BACON, BURGERS, but imported Salt Fish is O.K. no more fried Chicken
    and Rum. Since when PIZZA have become part of your diet in St.Lucia? we follow American
    style eating and fashion too much. You want to be free of Cancer? then start to eat a lot better.
    Thank God for the abundance of natural foods around you, Shou, Dashin, Plantin, Green Figs.
    Stop eating crap – imported salted Pork in barrels. If you have to eat meat, then eat local Cattle.

    • Since when are you responsible for telling people what to eat? No one is against what you said but worry about your diet.

  2. I agree eat local meat and dont over cook the meat,dont kill the proteins.Fresh hot blood from a live cow is the best thing.But dont become a vampire most of us are not acustomed to this practice.in the Caribean.

  3. Those Chinese bastards will deplete every consumable thing on their territory without any thought of proper resource management. Then after their’s is gone, they’ll come invade your territory and devour the resources that you’ve managed. Chinese bastards are like ants they’re everywhere but nobody wants them.

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