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Hypocrisy: British govt sought out ‘BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES’ in China’s wet markets as public health body warned Brits to stay away

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Former Beatle and animal rights activist Paul McCartney is one of the latest high-profile British figures to call for the closure of the “medieval” wet markets, where live and dead animals are sold and many of which have been criticized for lax health and safety standards – not to mention the animal cruelty.

Indeed, some scientists believe the novel coronavirus may have originated in bats at a live animal and seafood market in Wuhan, with pangolins (or possibly stray dogs) acting as a potential intermediary host before the virus spread to humans – though the evidence here is not conclusive. The 2002 outbreak of the SARS virus is also believed to have originated at a Chinese wet market.

Yet, while there is much righteous outrage today as the world is gripped by a new pandemic, the health problems posed by wet markets were evidently not a high priority when there was money to be made from them.

It turns out, according to new documents seen by investigative website Declassified UK, that the British government under former Conservative PMs Theresa May and David Cameron, saw these markets not as hazardous vectors for disease, but as “business opportunities” for British companies to export live animals and shellfish to China. Meanwhile, Public Health England was repeatedly warning Britons to stay away from China’s wet markets amid bird-flu........

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