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Shut illegal meat, pet markets to contain coronavirus: Wildlife groups urge health minister

A group of animal protection organisations on Thursday wrote to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, urging him to shut illegal meat and pet markets in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak. The People for Animals (PFA), Humane Society International/India (HSI/India), Mercy for Animals India Foundation (MFA), Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations (FIAPO) and Ahimsa Trust urged the minister to take immediate action against markets that do not follow the food safety guidelines, to prevent the emergence of novel diseases and spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is said to have emerged from a meat and wildlife market in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. In just a few months, the virus has infected hundreds of thousands and killed over 14,000 people world over, their joint letter to the minister read. Gauri Maulekhi, Trustee, People for Animals, said, Increase in industrial slaughter and factory farming of animals, unchecked wildlife trade and crowding of various species of ...


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