A major nonprofit has petitioned the U.S. Surgeon General demanding an end to U.S. live animal markets.
These markets – known also as ‘wet markets’ – have made headlines recently as the coronavirus is believed to have originated from one in Wuhan, China last December. It has spread globally killing around 90,000 people at the time of writing.
Now the Physician’s Committee, whose president is Dr. Neal Barnard, and which boasts 12,000 members in the medical profession, is calling on officials to ‘prevent the introduction, transmission, and spread of communicable diseases’ calling markets ‘a welcome mat to coronaviruses’.
The organization cites the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which says ‘more than six out of every 10 known infectious diseases in people can be spread from animals, and three out of every four new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals’.