Misconception about China's wet market
2020-04-17 15:43

Recently, some Aussie reporters have been bent on playing up the so-called wet market in China. A very few politicians also tried to make a fuss over it. Their narrative is misleading, to say the least.

Ⅰ. According to Dr. Robert Garry from Tulane University School of Medicine, one of the authors of the findings published on March 17 in the scientific journal Nature Medicine, “it is a misconception that the virus originated at a fish market in Wuhan.” "Our analyses, and others too, point to an earlier origin than that," "There were definitely cases there, but that wasn’t the origin of the virus." As is linked here:


Professor Edward Holmes from the University of Sydney and Zhang Zhenyong from the Fudan University who took samples from the Wuhan seafood market, told in an article published on Nature on 26 March 2020 that the phylogenetic analysis reveals that “not all of the early cases were market associated.” “It is possible that the emergence story is more complicated than first suspected.”

Ⅱ. Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market of Wuhan has never been reopened since its shutdown on January 1st.

Furthermore, China's legislature has already long banned illegal trade and consumption by adopting and amending laws including Wild Animal Conservation Law and the recent NPC’s Decision on a Complete Ban of Illegal Wildlife Trade and the Elimination of the Unhealthy Habit of Indiscriminate Wild Animal Meat Consumption For the Protection of Human Life and Health as linked here:


Ⅲ. The so-called reopened wet markets pictured in some reports are actually China’s fresh food markets, which are similar to fish markets or lobster markets here in Australia.

University of Melbourne Chinese Studies lecturer Delia Lin recently told SBS News. there is a “genuine linguistic misunderstanding”of what wet markets actually are.“The term has been politically charged in the west and has been associated with coronavirus cover-ups and wildlife trading,” “In China people would think that is absurd. Wet markets in China are more like a farmers' market in Australia.”

According to a recent CNN report titled "China's wet markets are not what some people think they are" on April 14th, most wet markets are not virus petri-dishes filled with exotic animals ready to be slaughtered. For a large proportion of people in China and across Asia, they are just places to go to buy fresh food, such as chicken, pork, fish and vegetables, at affordable prices. Wet markets are a common sight not just in mainland China but across Asia. Similar markets can also be found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Ⅳ. Craig Kelly, an Australian MP, made a fabricated post on his facebook account as we link here:

https://www.facebook.com/117871478407495/posts/1475910612603568/, by posting a picture under a piece of news from news.com.au to show the so-called wet market has reopened in China. As a matter of fact, the picture was not taken in China.


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