An editorial in the Bangkok Post expressed concern over the Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok. Wild animals are regularly traded at Chatuchak Weekend Market, which the paper called “Wuhan in the making,” referring to the assumed source of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China.
The market was disinfected by officials in April as Thailand grapples with cases of coronavirus, like much of the world. The market is a regular spot for animal selling. Many animals for sale are smuggled in through the international wildlife trade. An investigation from Australia’s 60 minutes found animals from Africa, the Sahara, and a variety of reptile species for purchase.
Experts have called for a closing of exotic animal markets around the world in response to the threat of coronavirus. Thailand should also close down its markets to help prevent another virus transmission. Watch more about the Chatukchak market in this video:
Scientists believe that the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, started at an exotic animal market in Wuhan, China. You can help stop the incidence of viruses like these by signing this petition to ban the wildlife trade.
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