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No More Bat Soup: Coronavirus Epicenter Hubei Bans Eating of Wild Animals

Staff sell masks at a Yifeng Pharmacy in Wuhan, Chin, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Pharmacies in Wuhan are restricting customers to buying one mask at a time amid high demand and worries over an outbreak of a new coronavirus. The number of cases of the new virus has risen over 400 in China and the death toll to 9, Chinese health authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)

When it first became known that a novel coronavirus was spreading like wildfire in the Chinese province of Hubei, everybody wondered where the virus originated from. It was, that much was clear, not a virus normally found in people. So what had happened?

According to experts, it’s possible that COVID-19, as it’s officially called now, came from bats and/or bat-eating snakes. And guess what Wuhan residents love eating? That’s right:

 

Everybody understands that bats are extremely dirty and carry terrible bacterias and diseases, but inhabitants of Wuhan apparently were shocked to find out just how disgusting these animals are.

In any case, because of the dangers posed by such “exotic” animals, the government of Hubei province has now decided to ban eating, trade, and consumption of all wild animals. The Daily Mail explains that “citizens are forbidden from encouraging or persuading others to eat or conduct illegal trading of wild animals. Such activities include releasing advertisements, installing relevant signboards and publishing recipes.”

Recipes for bat soup?

Ugh.

Furthermore, “scientific and medical teams must undergo strict applications and quarantine inspections should they need to use wild animals for non-food-related work purposes.”

Well, better late than never, I guess. It would’ve been great if they had done this before COVID-19 had killed more than 3,000 people, at least one of whom is in my own native Netherlands, though.

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