U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States has called on China to permanently close its wildlife wet markets, citing links between those markets and zoonotic diseases.
“Given the strong link between illegal wildlife sold in wet markets and zoonotic diseases, the United States has called on the People’s Republic of China to permanently close its wildlife wet markets and all markets that sell illegal wildlife,” Pompeo said in a statement Wednesday.
Kudos to Secretary of State Pompeo for calling on China to shut down their animal "wet” markets, where coronavirus may have originated. My colleague @RepHastingsFL and I urged the White House to do so last week. pic.twitter.com/UGlVZMivMi— Rep. Vern Buchanan (@VernBuchanan) April 23, 2020
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's statement on the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay. Calls on China and other countries to permanently close wildlife wet markets, no mention of the phrase "climate change" pic.twitter.com/G62tqZAjd7— Robbie Gramer (@RobbieGramer) April 22, 2020
#FMsays More common in China are markets for farm produce, live poultry or seafood, and it's illegal to trade #wildlife there, Geng said, adding that China has implemented strict preventive measures on those markets since the #COVID_19 outbreak. #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/y97l3IPAxx— China Daily (@ChinaDaily) April 23, 2020
Mike Pompeo tells China to mark Earth Day by BANNING wet markets selling wildlife https://t.co/cP8lS9g8Fo— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) April 22, 2020
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, you've probably heard the term "wet market" a few times. On #GettingSchooled with @abbyhornacek, @GordonGChang explains what wet markets are & debunks the theory that one in Wuhan, China was the source of COVID-19: https://t.co/hwYG9EPG4m pic.twitter.com/VtmqxBoZHw— FOX News Radio (@foxnewsradio) April 23, 2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, here are some behind-the-scenes footage from Racing Extinction, filmed while documenting the wildlife markets in Guangzhou, China. These markets are breeding grounds for pandemics. Keeping exotic wildlife and farmed animals, in small cramped cages with unsanitary conditions creates a perfect storm for zoonotic viruses. Please help spread the word about wildlife trade and the dangers it poses to both humans and animals.