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June 18, 2021

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Desmond Bellamy, PETA

Prime Minister Morrison has criticised the World Health Organisation for supporting the reopening of China’s wet markets, one of which is widely considered to have been the source of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s not just China that permits these vile places to exist; PETA Asia has just released footage of wet markets in Indonesia and Thailand. The footage shows blood and rotting flesh covering the floors and countertops, dogs lying dead with flies buzzing around them, and chickens and cats awaiting slaughter in cramped cages.

Mr Morrison is right to criticise these filthy torture galleries as potential breeding grounds for the next pandemic virus. The US Centers for Disease Control has stated that 75 per cent of new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from other animals.

But the PM is wrong to think that Australian industries do not pose a similar risk. Millions of gentle kangaroos are shot every year for their flesh or skins. Many, including mothers carrying joeys in their pouches, are wounded but escape, only to suffer and die slowly. Incapacitated adults, and orphaned joeys are decapitated, or have their heads smashed in. Others are simply left in the field to die of starvation, predation, or exposure.

Kangaroos are often butchered in the field and transported on unrefrigerated open trucks. An investigation found that many of the carcases stored by the kangaroo-meat industry were contaminated by dangerous bacteria, including E-coli, streptococcus, and staphylococcus. Russia has banned kangaroo-meat imports several times because of pathogenic contamination.

A study by Belgian spatial epidemiologist, Marius Gilbert, found that Australia had generated more instances of historical ‘conversion events’ (when a non-toxic avian flu strain suddenly becomes dangerous to humans) than China. It is becoming ever clearer that the exploitation of animals, anywhere, invites human disease.

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  1. I agree with Barry… it’s a wake up call. We need to recognise 1 step at a time is more accessible than expecting everything to change ‘today’.. new systems need to be implemented. Land needs regeneration, people need to be re-educated to understand why it’s neccesary, otherwise, it doesn’t work.. food needs to be grown..
    I want it today.. Queen Eggplant n’all…

    It needs to stop. All of it. We need to take better care of everything.

    Much love

  2. Risks are everywhere we turn. I’m damned if I know why
    people have forgotten how to think things through. It’s
    got to be down-right laziness along with insisting that
    what someone wants [as opposed to ‘really needs’]
    has just got-to-be-there because they ‘want it’. Lots of
    foot-stamping done simply because one ‘can’. You’re
    right, Ginga. Wake up. Get up. Do yourself & others a
    favour .


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