The World Health Organisation has called for the ban of wet markets in a bid to stop future pandemics.

The exact cause of COVID-19 is unknown. However, the ramifications of the virus are clear as 2.95 million people have died and new measures have been put in place.

Countries have utilised lockdowns to mitigate the risks of spreading the virus. With that said, there have been multiple waves of COVID-19 that have presented new challenges.

In a bid to stop other viruses similarly impacting the world, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling for an end to the trade of live animals at food markets.

Theories

Some people in the US, still believe that China created COVID-19 in a lab.  However, given that world organisations have found no evidence of this and the US is the greatest spreader of misinformation, some have looked at the available facts. With that said an investigation is still ongoing.

Professor John Watson, a former deputy chief medical officer, claims that a theory that the virus was engineered in China is still “on the table.” There are also further investigations of other countries that may have seen some of the first cases.

WHO noted: “the possibility that the virus may have silently circulated elsewhere cannot be ruled out.”

Despite these investigations, many believe that the live animal trade is the cause of COVID-19’s spread.

Why stop the live animal trade?

Many organisations have noted the dangers of the live animal trade.

A prevalent theory into the cause of COVID-19‘s transmission is that it came from live animal markets in China. These wet markets are said to create a risk of creating new viruses. This is primarily because the live animals can continue to transmit the virus they have at a greater rate than when it has been slaughtered.

The World Health Organisation issued a statement on the matter which noted:

“Animals, particularly wild animals, are the source of more than 70 per cent of all emerging infectious diseases in humans, many of which are caused by novel viruses.”

“Wild mammals, in particular, pose a risk for the emergence of new diseases.”

Given this evidence, some will see a need to stop the trade of live animals.

Will this suggestion be taken seriously?

Despite the facts, countries may ignore the suggestion. Particularly if it impacts the economy or beliefs of the country. With that in mind, live animal trade could continue to present a risk in the years to come.

For those that still want to trade live animals, many will hope that they take extra safety precautions.

Do you think we should trade live animals?

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