from humane society website
'‘Most people in China do not eat bats, but the myth exploded on Fox News and other media outlets. It didn’t help that a Chinese influencer had traveled to Palau, Micronesia, in 2016 to eat exotic food and posted a video of herself eating a fruit bat. For days, Li was forced to repeatedly explain that the virus did not jump to humans because people consumed virus-infected bats—that in fact bats were not known to have been sold in the wildlife market tied to many of the earliest cases. Instead, it was the wildlife trade that brought a bat virus to a city of 11 million people’'
maybe not so much eating the things but handling them, coming into close contact while they alive, meat has virus too so handling that before cooked… just cruel.
from national geographic:-
Pangolins—endangered, scaly, ant-eating mammals found in Asia and Africa about the size of domestic cats—are known to carry coronaviruses, Dan Challender wrote in an email.
I’m pretty sure pangolins are used in traditional animal medicines over there
maybe china had it earlier than thought and it was carried across to italy by a traveller, doesn’t take much time for things to spread does it.
I reckon a case of passing the buck cos resistant to change and trying to avoid blame too!
every country guilty of offences towards wild animals and time it improved! we all share the same planet