How wildlife trade is linked to coronavirus

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How wildlife trade is linked to coronavirus 4.5

And why the disease first appeared in China.

NOTE: As our expert Peter Li points out in the video, “The majority of the people in China do not eat wildlife animals. Those people who consume these wildlife animals are the rich and the powerful –a small minority.” This video explains how the people of China are themselves victims of the conditions that led to coronavirus. The virus is affecting many different countries and cultures, and there is never justification for xenophobia or racism.

You can find further reading on this on Vox:

As of early March 2020, a new coronavirus, called COVID-19, is in more than 70 countries and has killed more than 3,100 people, the vast majority in China. That's where the virus emerged back in December 2019. This isn't a new phenomenon for China; in 2003, the SARS virus also emerged there, and under similar circumstances, before spreading around the world and killing nearly 800.

Both SARS and COVID-19 are in the "coronavirus" family, and both appear to have emerged from animals in China's notorious wildlife markets. Experts had long predicted that these markets, known to be potential sources of disease, would enable another outbreak. The markets, and the wildlife trade that supports them, are the underlying problem of these pandemics; until China solves that problem, more are likely to emerge.

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Note: The headline has been updated.
Previous headline: Why new diseases keep appearing in China

Note: A previous version of this video incorrectly colored Crimea as part of Russia on the map. While it has been occupied by Russian forces since 2014, it is still legally a territory of Ukraine. We've corrected the error.

💬 Comments on the video

*Finally, someone makes a video discussing the fact that Chinese wet markets are dangerous without being racist* . Thank you!

Author — Nav Sohanpaul


You changed the title from “Why new diseases keep arising in China”

Author — Vishal Jindal


These wet markets are not only unsanitary, but it is also animal abuse

Author — Susana Mosquera


There's a real and big difference between blaming "The Chinese" and "The People's Republic of China."

Author — mechasentai


The original title of the video "why new viruses keep appearing in china"

Author — Amir Mili


Even our death will have a “Made in China” label on it.

Author — Angelo 23


"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
- Mahatma Gandhi

Author — YouTube Zone


"Corona virus has killed 3, 000"
This aged well

Author — Sam


the fact that they didn't learn from sars..

Author — ingrid tillman


Hold China accountable for their actions.
Everyone should know about this by now.
Facts can not be racist.
They are the reason Wildlife Poaching and these terrible viruses came into existence.

Author — Miles Manges


Guys I think wet markets all over the world should be illegal and should not be allowed.

Author — Murad Shawar Minimalist Investor


2019:stay away from negative people's
2020:stay away from positive people's

Author — Awesome Dude


6 March - Death rate: 3, 127
14 April - Death rate: 120, 851

Me: *Mom come pick me up, I'm scared*

Author — Alvin Paul


Let’s not forget the hunting of elephants and rhinos, sharks and totoabas, to add to the stupidity of those beliefs in traditional Chinese “medicine”.

Author — Victor Alcantar


honestly, take a moment to praise the editor/graphics designer. Thats some top notch production quality

Author — BayAlexander


China to Vox: change the video title or we will ruin your social credit score

Vox: Yes, Baba

Author — mplsridah



Author — Khaleda Morshed


So it started with wild
Animals being eaten to sustain life. Now the
Animals are taking lives!.



A good indicator of a civilized society is how well it’s people treat animals. A good society is one that encourages human empathy for other species, because that implies that we transcended nature’s Darwinistic progress of natural selection. The Chinese government clearly does not understand this, instead the repressive regime chase after GDP numbers to boast its own legitimacy.

Author — Alex Chen


Those “wet markets” have to be one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever seen 🤮

Author — Jef Varnadore