The Washington Times has revealed something quite shocking in my opinion. They say that American taxpayers funded the purchase of cats from the notorious Chinese wet markets for medical research. And this has taken place for the past 15 years, which has obviously helped to sustain the very commercial organisations which are accepted as being the source of the coronavirus crisis across the globe.
The reporter says that researchers at the US Agriculture Department paid for dozens of animals. They then had them killed and fed their tongues, brains and other parts to other cats as part of medical studies. I believe that this is referring to a report that came out of America some time ago namely research into toxoplasmosis which itself was considered highly unethical and in fact which has been stopped for that very reason.
I’m told that a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Sen Joni Ernst has announced legislation to ban this kind of unethical spending of taxpayer money. It is ironic that over many years when American governments should have been pressing to have these wet markets closed down they were, in a small but symbolic way, subsidising them with taxpayers’ money.
It is indicative of the apathetic attitude that the rest of the world has had towards the uncivilised relationship between China and wild and domestic animals. I am generalising because there are clearly many people in China who are sensitive to the plight of wild and domestic animals but there is a culture which is readily apparent which allows 20,000 wild animal markets to exist in China, all of which can potentially release wild animal viruses into the atmosphere to infect people and in the case of the coronavirus the rest of the world.
These markets must be closed permanently for the sake of world health. Carrie Symonds is supporting a petition. Please consider signing it.