Animals being eaten into extinction by gourmets in China.
Throughout history humans have wiped out animal populations. Have we learned from our mistakes? It seems not, with creatures from a songbird to pangolins and bluefin tuna now facing extinction by way of the dinner table.
History has shown that humans have caused the extinction of many animal species.
A 225kg, two-metre flightless Australian bird, the Genyornis newtoni, was eaten to extinction 50,000 years ago. “We consider this the first and only secure evidence that humans were directly preying on now-extinct Australian megafauna,” says Gifford Miller, the associate director of CU-Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. “We have documented these characteristically burned Genyornis eggshells at more than 200 sites across the continent.”
Pangolins are nocturnal mammals that eat ants and termites. They are the only mammals with keratin scales and they can emit a harmful chemical similar to a skunk. All eight species of pangolin are threatened with extinction. Four are vulnerable, two are endangered and two are critically endangered.
In Africa they are hunted for food and traditional medicine. Unfortunately, they are also a delicacy in southern China and Vietnam. There’s an unfounded belief in East Asia that ground-up pangolin scales can stimulate lactation, cure cancer and asthma.
Chinese giant salamander
It grows to nearly two metres and weighs up to 50kg, and is the largest amphibian on the planet. It is (yes, you guessed it) considered a delicacy in China and is being used (yes, again) in traditional Chinese medicine. Its family can be seen in fossil records going back more than 170 million years, but today it is critically endangered.
Their fossil record dates back 200 million years to the Triassic era. During their time on earth, they have survived two, possibly three major events that wiped out a lot of the planet’s life.
Most species of sturgeon are at risk of extinction today. The Beluga sturgeon has been over fished for its eggs (caviar), which are considered a delicacy and command ridiculously high prices.
In 2004 the journalist dagomir marquezi wrote a story for the super interesting magazine about the virus, from the same "family" that is again causing deaths in China today. So far, the virus has killed six people and infected almost 300, and has arrived in Thailand, Japan and South Korea. Since 2004, it has been shown that the wholesale meat consumption in China caused the rise of these super viruses, but 16 years later, people continue to die for the Worth Reading!
" Chinese usually face anything that moves like a food at their disposal. They consider the animal a mechanism, an object, whose pain and suffering do not concern us. Ironically, the worst examples of abuse happen in the same Asia Where Buddhism was born - the most benevolent and advanced religion in the world in the treatment with animals.
In the sadly famous Asian Wildlife Markets there is everything. Mammals, reptiles, insects, batrachia, everything goes to tight and crowded cages without water or food. Any photo of these markets is a permanent festival of blood, urine and feces. There is more than bad smell in the air: there is fear And viruses of different new species combining with each other.
The most shocking images record what these markets are intended for dogs. The same dogs that have seen family members here, help blind or guide rescue teams. There, dogs are food. And don't be fooled: These Chinese markets don't exist to "kill the hunger of the people". poor Chinese eat chicken and fish Dogs are expensive "delicacies" as well as cats, scorpions, snakes, eels etc.
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I had a chance to see photos and videos of these markets. Cooks believe that adrenaline in dog blood softens the meat. The more suffering, the more tasty the dish. In the name of this soft meat, the word of order is to torture dogs to death. I've seen a picture of a German Shepherd hanging from the beam of a kitchen, being pulled by his feet. I have witnessed a turn with front paws tied behind the body and gave up imagining the size of his pain. I watched the video of a skinny dog who was immersed in boil water, removed, had his whole skin ripped off and still looked at the camera, tremendous by the pot where he was cooked
The basic question is: are we humans entitled to that? Who gave us this right? Do we have the right to throw a live lobster in the hot Do we have the right to eat a sliced fish still alive on your plate in a Japanese Do we have the right to arrest calf in dark places, fixed for all their short life, for a calf Is our palate that important in the order of things? Does a different flavor in our mouths justify everything?
The question goes beyond the field of ethics and civility. It is born on the dirty ground of Chinese markets. Mad cow disease - permanent threat in our bbq homeland - came when we forced the cattle to cannibalize. The terrible ebola spreads with every african man who devours our biological cousins, gorillas and monkeys. Mutant viruses jump from the blood of birds to that of men without natural defense. According to the economist, no less than 60 % of human diseases that have emerged in the last 20 years come from other animal species. Tony Mcmichael, researcher at the National University of Australia, is quite clear: " we live in a world of We need to be a little smarter in the way we bungled the world around us."
Chinese markets and African barbecues look like distant phenomena. But the Brazilian continues to depend too much on animal feeding We have one steakhouse per block, and in a city of 12 million inhabitants, like São Paulo, you can count on vegetarian restaurants. And we still have a lobby wanting to expand the offer of animals in the refrigerators: Ostriches, cascaras, alligators, all raised in captivity with a stamp To every new species consumed by man, another mixture of viruses - some harmful combinations, others not.
To try to control these diseases, we have committed more brutality: we bury millions of birds alive, drown wild cats in pools We cause disaster and we the victims. We have a smart way: to rationalize, humanize and increasingly reduce animal consumption. Or we can continue the blood bath. Then we will all pay the price.
When a butterfly hits its wings in Europe, it can start a hurricane in the Pacific Ocean It started in Chinese markets and arrived in Canada. Bird flu has spread to several asian countries and threatens distant places such as pakistan and Italy. In a world of direct flights, the desperate screams of a Chinese dog can one day come to Brazil through some new and dark acronym."
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