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Meat our maker: amazingly, dogs, snakes and bats are back on the menu

Wet markets worldwide are still open despite their role in spreading disease. This is a huge and deadly mistake

William Hague

Less than two weeks ago, authorities in Port Klang, Malaysia, uncovered a consignment of six tons of pangolin scales, hidden beneath bags of cashew nuts. This is their largest such seizure yet, probably equating to about 15,000 animals poached from the wild and killed.

Despite the overwhelming evidence that Covid-19 has been transmitted from wildlife – and very probably pangolins – to humans, the trade in dead and living wild animals is still going on. And it is happening on a vast scale.

At the same time, media reports suggest that wildlife markets have been opening up again in China...

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