Wuhan is coming back to life. This is what wet markets are like

WUHAN: The cars lined up this week at the main entrance to Baishazhou's wet market, one of the largest, which is buzzing again. The city where the first one emerged has revived life after a blockade that lasted for months. A sign hangs over your head: They don't kill or sell live animals.

Baishazhou and other wet markets are at the center of a growing global debate over whether they should be allowed to operate, as another market in Wuhan was one of the first places where the virus was detected. However, such markets in China and other parts of Asia are as essential a part of daily life as bakeries in Paris.

Banning wet markets will not only be impossible, but will also be destructive to China's urban food security, as they play a critical role in ensuring urban residents' access to affordable and healthy food, said Si, a research associate at The University from Waterloo, which studies food security in China.

In January, China issued a temporary emergency order for Wuhan officials to strictly manage markets and ban wild animals and live poultry from entering the city. Under pressure in February, Congress announced a ban on trade in wild land animals for the purpose of eating. Still, the APN decision did not cover the trade in exotic animals.

Focusing on wet markets is misleading, Si said. “Shadow the real problem, which is the wild animal supply chain. We should not demonize wet markets due to the coronavirus outbreak.