The Australian government has urged G20 countries to investigate and take action on wildlife wet markets, calling them a “biosecurity and human health risk”
A wet market is a place where you get fresh fish and meat. Not all wet markets are dangerous.
The problem arises where markets sell exotic animals.
The Huanan market in Wuhan sells a wide range of animals, which includes bats, foxes, wolf cubs, civets, turtles, and snakes.
After meeting G20 agriculture ministers, the Australian government called for an investigation on wildlife wet markets.
Speaking to a TV channel Australia’s agriculture minister David Littleproud said he was not targeting all wet markets.
“A wet market, like the Sydney fish market, is perfectly safe,” he said.
“But when you add wildlife, live wildlife, exotic wildlife – that opens up human risk and biosecurity risk to the extent we have seen.”
“And in fact, China themselves reported this to the World Organisation for Animal Health, that that was the cause of Covid-19.”– he added.
He also said Australia will push this further and wants the wet markets to be phased out.
“Even our chief veterinary officer is telling us that he believes they [wildlife wet markets] may need to be phased out.”