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Media Won’t Talk About Meat Market Origin of Coronavirus

March 23, 2020


Source Jane Unchained
By Jane Velez-Mitchell

Lying by omission is one way to define “fake news.” By that definition, virtually all the mainstream coronavirus news coverage you are watching is fake. The networks essentially refuse to discuss the origins of the catastrophic coronavirus! Sure, you may hear news hosts make oblique and passing references to “live markets” as they urge you to hunker down in your homes and whip out the Lysol. But, that – obviously – does not tell the full story. The real story is: the abuse of animals in the food system is at the heart of this global debacle that is fast destroying our economy, killing a growing number of people and forcing millions of others to live in miserable isolation! This is, indeed, mother nature’s revenge. Not my phrase. That’s how an expert in zoonotic diseases described it.

I’m not always a fan of the New York Post. But, I must give them props for telling it like it is in their investigative story about live meat markets just like the one in Wuhan, China, where this pandemic began. Here is their description of the average “live market,” aka meat market.

“In stall after stall, a mix of live and dead animals, which run the gamut from the known (pig, ox, duck, chicken) to the rare or unknown due to the condition of the carcass — stare back at you. In the wet areas of the market — usually reserved for fish and sea creatures and where the ground is slick with water and often blood — the stink is worse. The animals that have not yet been dispatched by the butcher’s knife make desperate bids to escape by climbing on top of each other and flopping or jumping out of their containers (to no avail). At least in the wet areas, the animals don’t make a sound. The screams from mammals and fowl are unbearable and heartbreaking.”

Thank you New York Post for actually acknowledging the suffering of the animals involved. My question is: why are we not hearing similar, accurate descriptions from news anchors at the major networks? To talk about a global pandemic without consistently discussing its origins is like holding a murder trial and rarely mentioning the defendant. It’s irresponsible.

Experts believe that the virus originated in bats in China, animals ripped from the wild, kept in horrific conditions and then killed to be eaten. Here’s how NPR describes the insidious process: “Patients who came down with disease at the end of December all had connections to the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan China. The complex of stalls selling live fish, meat and wild animals is known in the region as a ‘wet market.’ Researchers believe the new virus probably mutated from a coronavirus common in animals and jumped over to humans in the Wuhan bazaar.”

OK, so props to NPR too. But, what about the more popular cable news networks? Why aren’t they  consistently connecting the dots between this hideous virus and the killing of animals for food? One answer may lie in what you see and hear in between the news segments. I’m talking about the commercials. Watch them! They are overwhelmingly advertisements for meat, dairy and pharmaceuticals. These happen to be the very industries that would collapse if consumers starting thinking realistically about the cruelty and bloodshed that goes into producing the ribs, burgers, wings, eggs, milkshakes and bacon that they have been conditioned to consume. Are American slaughterhouses much better than Asia’s live markets? There is still lots of blood, feces and body parts. No way around that. Meat doesn’t fall from the sky. The fact is: there is no nice way to kill someone who doesn’t want to die. Slaughter, by its very definition, is a nasty, grotesque business.

So, with the exception of some great special reports by NBC’s Richard Engel and 60 Minutes Australia, the news media continues to dance around the primal issue at the heart of this mind-boggling catastrophe, the likes of which we have never seen. News hosts question expert panel after expert panel, without ever having a full blown conversation about the horrific conditions at these markets and how meat markets are a global phenomenon and, therefore, a global problem. In case you didn’t know, there are dozens of live meat markets in New York City, for example. Some might argue… well, they don’t sell wild animals. But, is that really the point? And, do we really know that’s true? Frogs, turtles, rabbits… they’ve been spotted at some of New York City’s live markets. Could those be wild animals?

Now, it is time we ask ourselves: what is the cost of ignoring this essential aspect of the coronavirus story? If we do not learn from this monumental calamity, could we be bound to repeat it? Through our society’s willful ignorance, could we be setting the stage for something even deadlier? It’s not the first time a virus or disease linked to food animals has wreaked havoc. Remember mad cow disease? Remember swine flu, which is still ongoing in China, decimating millions of pigs before their body parts can be gobbled down someone’s throat? Remember the avian flu?  The philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

That philosopher also said, “All living souls welcome whatever they are ready to cope with; all else they ignore…” Right now, we – as a culture – are still ignoring the truth staring us in the face: the killing of animals for food is having a devastating impact on our world. It’s a leading cause of human illness, meaning heart disease and cancer. It’s a leading cause of climate change, habitat destruction, wildlife extinction, water pollution and water scarcity. It’s a leading cause of human world hunger because animals eat so much more than they produce as meat or dairy. Now, add to the list, it is causing the most disruptive virus of our lifetimes.

When will the mainstream media have this conversation? Hopefully, before it’s too late.


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The media is a shill
For society’s ills
Lies of omission
A deadly tradition

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

13 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2020 11:40 am

    The below is from my food blog ( “Is It Time To Go Vegan?” by Becca Ambert Covid-19 was not created by China or the people ofChina.  It was created and became apandemic when meat production animals generated the virus due to close andbrutal conditions and then the virus was passed to humans.  All of this only coincidentally took place inChina.  It could have happened anywherein the world where animals are herded together in large numbers, forced to livecrammed together in viciously bad conditions and then slaughtered for meat.  Covid-19 is simply the latest outcome of the worldwideagricultural industry and the brutal treatment and butchery of animals.  Other viruses have emerged from this sourcebefore and there will be more to come… Unless we stop all industrialized meat production now. 

     And this cannot be emphasized enough:  We do not need this food source, not forprotein or anything else.  There arenumerous and vastly more adequate, safe, and nutritious sources of proteinavailable everywhere on this planet (where food itself is generally available,that is). 

     Even where food is scarce, trying to fill this void withanimal meat and dairy is a horrible solution. These biological substances are difficult to ship and preserve andeasily pick up and propagate all kinds of contaminants, bacteria andviruses.  Salmonella and e coli wereshocking enough but now our world is tragically coming into contact withperhaps the biggest killer of them all. And all of this has been brought to you by Big Agriculture and animalmeat/dairy products. 

     If you want to know what you can do to combat thecoronavirus outbreak and stop the next pandemic from ever happening, here is adefinite: Stop. Eating. Meat. Stop now and don’t go back.

     Start learning how to have a healthy, whole and satisfyingplant-based diet.  The stores are filledwith fruits, vegetables and vegan friendly foods (still).  Advice and education and recipes and ideasand support and leadership by and for vegans abound everywhere.  Just look on the internet, or maybe look toyour neighbor.  Veganism is more commonand prevalent than you might think.

     And  what aconvenience it would be to go Vegan right now. Due to the fear and stockpiling that the pandemic has caused, the meatand dairy shelves are empty anyway — have you noticed?  (when they come back, the price gouging andinflation will surely be enormous).  Sothat is your que, my friends. Now is the time to go Vegan and adopt a wholeyplant-based diet.  (Plant foods are aboutall you can find right now anyway.) 

     So make the most of it, go with the flow, as they say.  And follow your heart, your mind and yourconscience — you know it’s the right thing to do.  If you go plant based now, your body and yourhealth will thank you, animals will thank you, mother earth and the climatewill thank you.  And maybe you will bethe tipping point, a part of the reason that future generations will flourishand cherish the earth.  Perhaps theywon’t even know what the word “pandemic” ever meant.

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    • March 23, 2020 12:47 pm

      Right, pandemics are fueled by the global demand for and sanctioning of animal exploitation, it is entirely ludicrous to blame one country or population because the entire planet exploits animals, and it is all connected. People need to go vegan to diminish these negative tangential effects but also, and most importantly, because we have no right to treat animals as we do: animals are deserving of lives free from exploitation, ie, pain, abuse, confinement, ridicule, squalor, and violent deaths,.



  2. March 23, 2020 11:49 am

    Well, actually, that’s typical.
    It is a utopia to think that the media in general (not those of the party who have the courage to speak frankly and clearly about the crap that happens in the markets of corpses) speak of the “real facts”.
    I have not done much research, but if I am not mistaken the “avian” flu was caused by chickens (poor beast without any fault), the “swine” flu from pigs the “SARS” from bats while the SARS-CoV-2 (the current crap of the global pandemic) it is not clear if the cause is bats or pangolins or snakes… and nobody thinks about why these poor beasts have being trapped in cages ready to be sold to some “fancy-idiot” willing to get them cooked or eaten raw… disgusting only to think about it.

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    • March 23, 2020 12:50 pm

      It’s sad and angering that the only mention of animals in the media with respect to this current pandemic is as a “cause” rather than as a “victim”. Senseless. This global social conditioning of animal exploitation as a human benefit and entitlement has to end.

      Thanks, beautiful Claudine.

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      • March 23, 2020 2:31 pm

        But for now, sadness it is, we are paying, and the global cost of “animal violence” will be immense: hundreds of billions… there is no comparison in any other war or human misfortune.
        It’s strange, but the confinement of humans has made the skies bluer, the smog has somehow disappeared, certain waterways have become transparent and… the dolphins have returned to the Gulf of Venice!
        I am sure that many other positive things, to the detriment of the thousands of deaths due to SARS CoV-2, are irrefutable! Hugs dear Stacey :-)c

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        • March 23, 2020 5:04 pm

          I know, right? It’s so interesting how we are really not needed, our influence and “contribution” are negatives as demonstrated how things “heal” when it’s removed. xoxo

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  3. March 23, 2020 3:24 pm

    Media is a shill
    For society’s ills
    Lies of omission
    A deadly tradition

    Liked by 2 people

  4. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    March 23, 2020 3:25 pm

    The media is a shill
    For society’s ills
    Lies of omission
    A deadly tradition

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 23, 2020 5:03 pm

      Love it, it’s perfect, thank you so much. ❤ Everything has a price except for decency and empathy.

      Liked by 2 people

  5. Ralph Cook permalink
    March 24, 2020 12:39 pm

    The problem is you are not telling the true story about the origins of this pandemic either.

    You say all the first patients had connections to the Wuhan wet market – that is simply untrue.

    The first patient, three of the first four patients and 14 of the first 41 patients had no connection to the meat market.

    Let me restate this, the first patient and three of the first four patients admitted to hospital had no connection to the meat market.

    These facts are contained in a paper published in China by medical scientists. Surely you can work out what this means.

    It means you are peddling fake news and it means you are helping to mislead the world. It also means you are missing a bigger story – where did the virus come from? I suggest pig farms, factory farms in China. The disease in pigs you refer to in the article is also not the right one, it is not swine flu but African Swine Fever, an enteric disease that has resulting in a halving of the Chinese pig herd which in 2017 stood at about 440 million animals.

    Regards Ralph
    Should you wish to discuss this my email address is



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