Green Pulse Ep 15: Can raised awareness of Covid-19 help end Asia's wildlife markets?
Synopsis: Green Pulse is an environmental podcast series at The Straits Times which analyses the beat of the changing environment, from biodiversity conservation to climate change.
This month, ST’s environment correspondent Audrey Tan chats with Mr Rohit Singh, zero poaching lead at World Wide Fund for Nature Singapore, on wildlife markets and their link with zoonotic diseases.
In December, a string of pneumonia-linked cases caused by a mystery virus sprang up in Wuhan, China. Preliminary studies showed that bats were likely a natural reservoir for the virus.
Scientists are still studying how the virus made the “jump” to humans, but wild animal markets have been implicated in the process as the first cases of the new Covid-19 coronavirus were workers at the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market, which also sold wild animals.
The Chinese government has since introduced a temporary ban on wildlife markets in China, but environmental advocates are calling for the ban to be made permanent.
Tune in to this episode for more on what these markets are like, why they have been linked to the emergence of new infectious diseases, and what could be done to prevent it.
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