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Patients quarantined for coronavirus were given turtles for dinner, according to the Daily Mail. The coronavirus is connected to exotic animal trades and markets, yet patients continue to dine on wild animals.

At a hospital in Wuhan, a patient said, “Today’s meal includes softshell turtle meat.” The video of the patient was released by Chinese media. Wuhan is considered the center of the epidemic. The virus is thought to have originated at an exotic animal market in the city. The city has been under quarantine since the virus was discovered. All patients and potential patients have been moved to makeshift hospitals for quarantine.

Softshell turtle meat is a delicacy in China. It is considered to be highly nutritious and is often used to help the sick recovered more quickly. Turtles are simmered in broth to make a soup.

See the video that includes the turtle soup lunch

Scientists and animal rights groups are calling for the ban on wildlife trade and markets to help stop the coronavirus. You can help stop wildlife trafficking by signing this petition to ban the wildlife trade.

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