Petition: Lead Epidemiologist Says Coronavirus May be Linked to Breeding of Huge Rats in China Consumed to Detoxify the Body

Petition: Lead Epidemiologist Says Coronavirus May be Linked to Breeding of Huge Rats in China Consumed to Detoxify the Body

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was breeding huge rats to eat before they were banned due to . Called “bamboo rats,” the Chinese believe that eating bamboo meat makes them prettier and can detoxify their bodies.

Until recently, bamboo rats were a celebrated food in China. Farmers had about 25 million of the rats before the government banned them because of the coronavirus pandemic. Much larger than normal rats, the rats could grow up to 17 inches long.

Dr. Zhong Nanshan, China’s lead epidemiologist, said in January that the coronavirus epidemic might be linked to the consumption of bamboo rats or badgers.

China banned all trade and wildlife consumption temporarily in February as the coronavirus pandemic increased.

“Usually, live bamboo rats would be delivered directly to restaurants and food stalls dealing exotic food,’ Dr. Peter Li, China Policy Specialist at Humane Society International told Mail Online, “A small percentage of the bamboo rats, no more than 10 per cent, would be displayed and slaughtered at the wildlife wet markets in Guangdong and Guangxi.”

Dr. Li and other conservation experts have urged China to permanently ban the , “China has thousands of wild animal breeding facilities that are facing closure or transition because of the government’s recent policy change from supporting wildlife breeding to phasing it out, and no doubt millions of animals are going to be impacted.

The policy change is welcome and necessary but animal welfare must not be sacrificed in an effort to implement the change, ” he said.

Scientists believe that the spread of , or coronavirus, started at an exotic animal market in Wuhan, China.

You can help stop the incidence of viruses like these by signing this to ban the wildlife trade.

Lead Image Source : Image Source: Gerardo C.Lerner/ This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 24 April 2020.

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Irene Leggett
Irene Leggett

Just how brain-dead, stupid and ignorant are the CHINESE masses???? Have they been totally brain-washed from birth to believe that to abuse, torture, torment, kill and eat any species that walk, fly, swim or crawl is able to cure all ailments, make men more virile and make the women pretty??? The masses are definitely mentally-challenged….or even lacking a brain.

Lois Carol Wessels


Di Sianny Bryant

a/s april 29th

Amelia Villagomez Lara


Debra Sommerfeld


Debbie Brent

why the H do they breed large rats ?!!!! SHAME on China !

Radhika Jain

Chin ko khatam karo .roj kuch na kuch natak hai hi in logon ka .na khud jeete hai or nahi kisi prani ko jine dete hai

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

More cruel and stupid does courtesy of manunkind

John Bevegård

hi great gosave all animals gjohnb.

Devera Lorena

dont blame innocent animals ..blame ourself for not respecting animals specially the country too much torturing animals at eat them.

Colin McNamara

What savages, rat on a stick for lunch anyone? Vile vile vile

Wendy Coram


Di Sianny Bryant

a/s 4 days ago