China Defies Coronavirus Safeguards, Reopens Wet Markets Selling Bats, Dogs & Cats
Chinese ruling Communist Party faces global backlash
China has reopened its wet markets selling live animals such as bats, dogs, and cats after the country declared victory over containing the coronavirus pandemic.
But the country, which has been accused of propaganda and false statistics regarding the pandemic, has come under fire for continuing to allow their wet markets to operate, despite them being the originator of the deadly virus.
The sight of cats and dogs waiting for slaughter in the unsanitary preparation of animals has caused an uproar from those around the world, who accused the country of failing to safeguard from viruses from flaring up again.
In February, Neon Nettle reported that china had drafted new laws to ban residents from eating dogs and other controversial animal meat as China battles to improve food safety in the wake of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
Lawmakers in Shenzhen drafted emergency legislation to outlaw the consumption of dogs along with the snake, frog, and turtle meat.
The Chinese government has been under pressure from animal rights activists for years, who have demanded the country prohibits the consumption of dogs.
But now China claims it’s beaten the virus; the markets seem to have resumed business as usual.
“The markets have gone back to operating in exactly the same way as they did before coronavirus,” said a Daily Mail correspondent who observed the markets re-opening Dongguan.
“The only difference is that security guards try to stop anyone taking pictures which would never have happened before.”
Another correspondent in Guilin caught markets selling bats, snakes, spiders, lizards, and scorpions for sale as remedies for common illnesses.
CNBC host Jim Cramer tweeted out a video of live scorpions for sale.
Chinese food market circa now pic.twitter.com/oWE7pHf9yQ— Jim Cramer (@jimcramer) February 24, 2020
Many are skeptical that China has beaten COVID-19, as many are questioning the ruling Chinese Communist Party's statistics throughout the pandemic.
National Review identified dozens of instances in which China lied to the world about the virus in its borders.
According to NewsThud:
Wuhan residents say the reported numbers of decreasing coronavirus cases don’t add up.
Despite China’s propaganda pushers being all smiles for the international community, residents told Radio Free Asia that Beijing’s claims that there were only 2,500 deaths in Wuhan are far from reality.
“It can’t be right … because the incinerators have been working round the clock, so how can so few people have died,” said Zhang, a Wuhan resident who only gave Radio Free Asia his last name.
“They started distributing ashes and starting interment ceremonies on Monday.”
The news website Caixin.com reported that a supplier had delivered 5,000 urns to the Hankou Funeral Home in one day.
That’s double the number of deaths Xi’s officials claimed.
There have also been social media posts that have claimed all seven of Wuhan’s funeral homes have handed out 3,500 urns every day.
Neon Nettle also reported that Beijing's leading health official warned of a new coronavirus outbreak in China stemming from "imported cases" that "could trigger another large-scale epidemic."
Professor Li Lanjuan, a member of China's expert team on the Chinese virus, is warning that the nation is facing a second outbreak due to the increasing number of infections detected among new arrivals from abroad.