It’s alarming how the Coronavirus outbreak has ended numerous lives recently. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus has reportedly spread to neighbouring countries such as Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and even Singapore ever since it first emerged in Wuhan, China.
Word has it that the main cause of the spread of the virus is because of a wet market, Huanan Seafood Market, which sells bizarre and exotic animals such as dogs, snakes, mice, bats, peacocks and ostriches for the locals to consume.
— tablet999 (@tablet999) January 21, 2020
Situated in the heart of downtown Wuhan, the wet market has been instructed by the authorities to be temporarily closed. This comes after reports that several wild animals sold at the market contain the deadly virus.
According to an exclusive news by Daily Mail UK, the wet market also sells raw koala meat! The reports has in turn caused widespread dismay among Australians.
The shocking revelation was made by a Twitter user known as Muyi Xiao. She also uploaded pricing details for the variety of meats that can be purchased at the mart. Based on the list, the koala meat is sold at RMB 70 (RM41). However, it is not known whether the price is for the whole koala or per kilo.
— Muyi Xiao (@muyixiao) January 21, 2020
“Take a look at the menu; they also consume koala meat. No animals are safe to eat in China,” a netizen commented via Weibo where the reports were initially spread. Even the price tag horrifically reads, “Freshly slaughtered and delivered directly to your house.”
Native Aussies couldn’t help but wonder where and how did the Chinese get the animals stock from. They pointed that koalas are mostly available in the country only. In addition, most of them expressed their disappointment that these poor creatures have became the victim to satisfy these locals’ weird tastebuds.
— Bogummy 😷🖐 (@happy_bogummy) January 23, 2020ADVERTISEMENT
Sad to hear koala meat was selling at 70rmb in Wuhan. 💔 That’s the same amount of $ I used to buy a large pineapple yesterday. pic.twitter.com/RnUpGKv5ml
— Teresa Iek 🍳 (@iekmayo) January 23, 2020
As a result, many have been suggesting that the government come up with a law to control the excessive amount of exotic meats being sold in China. Relating to the Australian bushfire that killed almost 1 billion of wildlife creatures, the fact that the koalas are sold to be consumed will worsen the situation instead.
What say you?