First off, let’s get one thing straight: nobody should ever eat a bat. Got it? Good. No excuses. (When Ozzy did it, it was an accident.) Don’t eat bats. Or sharks. Or octopuses. Just don’t. Moving on.
Both the SARS virus—remember that one?—and Coronavirus sprang out of wet markets in China. Do you know what a wet market is? They’re named that because what you, the consumer, would be buying would likely be just that, wet. Dripping. Probably blood. Fish, snakes, all other kinds of meat—endangered wildlife like pangolins, dogs, cats, and yes, bats—freshly (usually) caught and or slaughtered and all laid out for anyone to purchase and take home and eat. For sale alongside living animals. It’s a breeding ground for disease, as should be obvious by this point. Both SARS and Coronavirus were pathogens that started out infecting animals and then spread to humans.
No cultural criticism intended, here, but those wet markets need to be shut down. They’re dangerous, and dangerous to our entire species, again as should be evident by this point. Don’t just take my word for it. The experts agree. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fully three-fourths of new diseases are zoonotic, meaning they begin in animals and are passed to humans.
Warning: Some of you, animal lovers especially, might find the photographs accompanying the linked article disturbing.