The Australian government is calling on the G20 countries to take action on wildlife wet markets, calling them a “biosecurity and human health risk”.
Australia is not yet calling for a ban – but says its own advisers believe they may need for them to be “phased out”.
“Wet markets” are marketplaces that sell fresh food such as meat and fish.
But some also sell wildlife – and it’s thought that the coronavirus may have emerged at a wet market in Wuhan, China where these kinds of animals are sold live as “exotic” animals.
The Huanan market in Wuhan reportedly offered a range of animals including foxes, wolf cubs, civets, turtles, and snakes as exotic meat
The Australian government has therefore called for an investigation into wildlife wet markets after a meeting of G20 agriculture ministers.
Speaking to the ABC on, Thursday, April 23, 2020, the Minister of Agriculture, David Littleproud noted that this was not targeting all food markets, but he stressed that “A wet market, like the Sydney fish market, is perfectly safe,.”
He, however, remarked that when all these are added to wildlife, live wildlife, exotic wildlife – all these would ultimately open up to human risk and biosecurity risk.
It would be recalled that China themselves reported this to the World Organisation for Animal Health, and many believe this is the cause of coronavirus, known as COVID-19.