JUST as CAAN indicated earlier today … this is borne out in this Report …
WHY have we allowed a Chinese company to buy just about whatever they like in Australia?
–why have Australian companies tethered themselves so tightly to the reigns of an economy run by a totalitarian regime that can so easily dictate terms and conditions, and the conditions of our prosperity? Our security and well-being?
–they get the very best deal from us in the first place, they do foster competition and buy elsewhere,they most certainly do have a plan ‘B’!
IN today’s SMH Kate McClymont writes, ‘Chinese-backed company’s mission to source Australian medical supplies’
‘As the coronavirus took hold in Wuhan earlier this year, staff from the Chinese government-backed global property giant Greenland Group were instructed to put their normal work on hold and source bulk supplies of essential medical items to ship back to China.‘
THIS was a worldwide company effort in which they sought out mass supplies for China of:
SO blatant was this that Greenland shared the photos and information on social media including the packing pallets at their Sydney headquarters.
All employees … note the majority are Chinese … it appears were acting as Daigou during January and February!
HENCE the shortage of these supplies in Australia!
‘According to a company newsletter, the Greenland Group sourced 3 million protective masks, 700,000 hazmat suits and 500,000 pairs of protective gloves from “Australia, Canada, Turkey and other countries”.’
THIS is an extract from an opinion piece written by an Italian writer currently in isolation in Lombardy, Italy …
We note there are no sources quoted – clearly (and proudly) the author has a dim view of the left and probably of anyone left of Genghis Khan …
Nevertheless – certainly it’s on the money!
Even if it was partially correct …
-there are a lot of lessons in it for Australia, but are we listening?
Hopefully this virus will allow us and the body politic to reassess a lot of things like …
–why do we allow a foreign commie government and their proxy companies to buy just about whatever they like in Australia?
–why have Australian companies tethered themselves so tightly to the reigns of an economy run by a totalitarian regime that can so easily dictate terms and conditions, and the conditions of our prosperity?
–why don’t Australian companies have a plan ‘B’?
.with all their eggs in the same basket has meant we have lost our ability to source what we need from elsewhere particularly as we have systematically dismantled our own capacity to produce just about anything?
–why do we allow the export of the title deeds of our domestic housing to occur?
–why don’t we enact further changes to Anti-Money Laundering Laws to tackle such interests in Australian domestic housing?
-when will our pollies and their parties stand up for Australian interests and stop allowing foreigners owning so much of our industries (the ones we still have), companies, real estate, resources and agricultural assets?
The age old ‘fear’ response, ‘if we aren’t careful they’ll buy what they need from elsewhere’ doesn’t wash because
-they make sure they get the very best deal from us in the first place, they do foster competition and buy elsewhere,they most certainly do have plan ‘B’!
READ THIS EXTRACT FOR THE FRIGHTENING ACCOUNT OF WHAT ITALY HAS LOST TO COMMUNIST CHINA!
EXTRACT … ITALY’S COMMUNIST RECIPE FOR DISASTER
‘Sixty million of us are in lockdown…it is like a war zone here. We are being held prisoner in our 1 / 5 own homes by an unseen enemy that sneaked in unnoticed…by most of us. …
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Beginning in about 2014 … strange things were happening in Italy’s economy. Banks were failing…but not closing. Retirement ages were being extended…for some reason the pension funds were dwindling or disappearing.
The national sales tax we call IVA (Value Added Tax) rose from 18% to 20%, then to 21% and again to 22%
And in the midst of all this financial chicanery, the Chinese began furiously buying up Italian real estate and businesses in the North. …
A blind eye was being turned to the way the Chinese were buying businesses in the financial, telecommunication, industrial and fashion sectors of Italy’s economy, all of which take place in Milano.
To be brief …China was getting away with purchases and acquisitions in violation of Italian law and EU Trade Agreements with the US and the UK…and no one in either of those countries (not Obama in the US or Cameron in the UK) said a thing in their country’s defense.
As a matter of fact, much of it was hidden from the public in all three countries.
In 2014, China infused the Italian economy with €5 billion through purchases of companies costing less than €100 million each. By the time Renzi left office (in disgrace) in 2016, Chinese acquisitions had exceeded €52 billion. When the dust settled, China owned more than 300 companies…representing 27% of the major Italian corporations
The Bank of China now owns five major banks in Italy… all of which had been secretly (and illegally) propped up by Renzi using pilfered pension funds!
Soon after, the China Milano Equity Exchange was opened and much of Italy’s wealth was being funneled back to the Chinese mainland.
Chinese state entities own Italy’s major telecommunication corporation (Telecom) as well as its major utilities (ENI and ENEL). Upon entry into the telecommunication market, Huawei established a facility in Segrate, a suburb of Milano. It launched is first research center there and worked on the study of microwaves which has resulted in the possibly-dangerous technology we call 5G.
China also now owns controlling interest in Fiat-Chrysler, Prysmian and Terna. You will be surprised to know that when you put a set of Pirelli tires on your car, the profits are going to China. Yep…the Chinese colossus of ChemChina, a chemical industry titan, bought that company too!
Last but not least is Ferretti yachts…the most prestigious yacht builder in Europe. Incredibly, it is no longer owned by the Ferretti family. But the sector in which Chinese companies invested most was Italy’s profitable fashion industry. The Pinco Pallino, Miss Sixty, Sergio Tacchini, Roberta di Camerino and Mariella Burani brands have been acquired by 100%.
Designer Salvatore Ferragamo sold 16% and Caruso sold 35%. The most famous case is Krizia, purchased in 2014 by Shenzhen Marisfrolg Fashion Company, one of the leaders of high-priced, ready-to-wear fashions in Asia. …
Quite literally, tens of thousands of Chinese came in through Milano (illegally) and went back out carrying money, technology and corporate secrets.
Thousands more were allowed to enter and disappeared into shadows of Milano and other manufacturing cities of Lombardy, only to surface in illegal sewing shops, producing knock-off designer clothes and slapping ‘Made In Italy’ labels on them.
All with the tacit approval of the Renzi government. It was not until there was a change in the governing party in Italy that the sweatshops and the illegal entry and departure of Chinese nationals was stopped. Matteo Salvini, representing the Lega Nord party, closed Italy’s ports to immigrants and systematically began disassembling the sweatshops and deporting those in Italy illegally. ….
Access was again provided to the Chinese, under the old terms, and as a consequence thousands of Chinese, the majority from Wuhan, began arriving in Milano. In December of last year, the first inklings of a coronavirus were noticed in Lombardy…in the Chinese neighborhoods. There is no doubt amongst senior medical officials that the virus was brought here from China.
Many Italians in Northern Italy have sold their leather goods and textiles companies to China. Italy then allowed 100,000 Chinese workers from Wuhan and Wenzhou to move to Italy to work in these factories, with direct flights between Wuhan and Northern Italy. This continued post outbreak, so is it mere coincidence that Northern Italy is now Europe’s hotspot for Corona Virus?
New Zealand is in the grip of a housing crisis. Dateline meets the struggling families living in one of the world’s most unaffordable cities, and the man helping the homeless become home owners.
AND THEN SOME …
HOW has New Zealand a progressive egalitarian place where left leaning Australians looked across the Tasman with envy … with a young feminist Leader with a social conscience who came to power promising kindness and compassion … so you might be surprised to learn that inequality is rife.
WHAT is impeding the Adern Government from fulfilling their promises?
The average house in Auckland now costs over a Million, and the average rent is almost $600 a week
The New Zealand Housing Crisis is pushing those most vulnerable into a desperate situation.
The fallout from the CoronaVirus Pandemic only worsens the situation.
With a leader who talked about compassion which is now only rhetoric when on the ground there are families seeking emergency care from New Zealand’s welfare system.
The team are on the frontline of the Housing Crisis – a volunteer organisation operating in Auckland for 10 years now.
The majority of the people they work with have been squeezed out of the rental market; they can barely afford the weekly rent or maybe homeless!
Auckland has become one of the most unaffordable cities in the World ranked behind Sydney and Melbourne.
Families like these (as shown) can’t afford to buy food! On the minimum wage housing costs 70% of their income. When prompted by the Advocate they reply that after paying for rent and bills they only have $100 a week left.
People on benefits can get an emergency grant but these need to be repaid creating a debt trap!
The worker interviewed has had personal experience of homelessness! She said:
‘I have been homeless in the past; stayed in my car for two weeks until I got into a boarding house.’ She was asked what was that like and replied:’It didn’t feel good; it wasn’t a safe environment to be in being homeless. It’s not a safe place to be at all.’
Vulnerable families are struggling to keep a roof over their head with thousands of households on the waiting list for public housing. With 8000 homeless going without a safe place to call home!
Yesterday this man was facing a night on the streets. AAAP helped him access emergency housing.
The government has just agreed to increase benefits by $25 a week as part of its Covid 19 support package but last year it ignored an expert report recommending the benefit be increased by almost 50%.
Thousands of people are homeless. One of Labor’s policies is fixing the Housing Crisis. To build 100,000 homes over 10 years; the government promised affordable housing.
But there were problems from the start.
The government fulfilled their promise *** by stopping foreigners from buying existing homes.
70% of the homeless population live in overcroweded houses. They are called the invisible homeless people camping out or living rooms of relatives ***
Eight people squeezed into a small public house with mum and dad forced to sleep in the lounge.
During the CoronaVirus Pandemic overcrowding will pose a serious risk to public health. There is little hope of a short term fix.
These people have been on a waiting list for a bigger home for three years. One of the boys has a dream to own a house. He said ‘it would feel like you could bring your family over if you want. You don’t have to hide – this is your own property you own that you can do it.’
But home ownership has been declining in New Zealand for years. Where the Landlord is King.
An investor/landlord was interviewed; his plan is to buy a house each year so that he has sufficient income to do what he wants. He said any successful landlord does not get rid of a tenant unless he has a really good reason.
He then indicated the homes that he owns; five homes on the one block.
He wants to make a good living off the rental income; he does everything himself. (maintenance)
His tenants stay a lot longer than they used to with less options probably more difficult for them to find another property.
One of his tenants said she used to rent a garage for $450 a week to live in before moving to this house. ‘We were desperate at the time – nobody would take us on; that was about a year ago; stayed there for
about two years.
Four living in a garage must have been cold in Winter? She described every time it rained water would come through.
In response to the CoronaVirus the government has announced a rent freeze but before the Pandemic some landlords were taking advantage of the Housing Crisis.
But ‘Peter’ has a Plan to help tenants gain more rental security offering a ten year lease.
It is giving tenants the room to do what they want to do with their home.
The landlord would provide the shell of the building; the tenants would rent the property and provide their own flooring, light fittings etc; the model in place in Germany and Scandinavia.
He said ‘that is an option I would like to see and I think it would make a difference to the housing market. My tenants are secure now …. when I die they are going to be looking for a new home, but there is little political ….
for any significant reforms to the housing market.’
The winners are the people already on the property ladder. For young people the crisis will play out for years to come!
New Zealanders without home ownership – it is seen as something that makes you an adult. When you don’t you have a sense of being disconnected; of not achieving of being a failure.
The man who mortgaged his own home to find a unique solution for families ….
New Zealand housing ciris
moving here for affordable housing … a … town in one of the country’s most depressed regions and ……………………….where 60% moved in the rural areas and moved out of the cities.
The reversal of the 60s urban drift where60% moved to the rural areas and moved out of the cities
The reversal in the 2000s now plroviding rentals available so many of the families are living in makeshift cabins, buses …. to living in overcrowded conditions.
This is the gateway into property….
The Maori community leader mortgaged his own house to buy this land in the hope to give the community a new lease on life.
He then found abandoned derelict public houses in Auckland and trucked them up here, and created a little suburb where there were farmlands. They had been sitting in Auckland ***
Ricky has an unconventional plan for addressing the housing crisis.
The first step involves ………….. homes and making them habitable again.
Ricky said: ‘You have to be able to see the goodness in everything.’
Oodoo got a house from the Trust. …
he has given us a home; put a roof over our heads, and I’m very grateful for that.
The second step of Ricky’s Plan involves housing families but it’s about more than just putting the roof over their heads.
Ultimately the ….. is to take people who are homeless turn them into home owners over 14 years.
Families pay $275 a week
Most of which goes to paying 160
cost of ….
turns around a historic decline in Maori home ownership from …..
dependence yhousing in ….
We were living from house to house with out suitcases Leon and OOdoo originally from Papua New Guinea tried making it in Australia but came back when it didn’t work out.
When they returned there was a lack of rentals …. with two kids in toe.
Nobody wanted to rent to a couple with two and three children. They appolied for social accommodation that links
NGO and she put us down on a waiting list and asked us what we were going to do if we didn’t have anywhere to go, and I told her we would go and live in a tent with our kids =.
They were provided emergency accommodation, and the opportunity to join the home ownership program
WHAT it appears this excellent program has not considered … sadly it looks like because the Ardern Government has not been able to honour all its promises, and may not be returned … that New Zealanders may well return a conservative Government that helped create this predicament in the first place with their policies!
It was during their term that the visa holder money launderers bought up New Zealand domestic housing, and house prices consequently escalated with the high competition
HIGH RISE HARRY AND THE EVOLUTION OF “THE GREATER SYDNEY COMMISSION” … THE GSC … Please share because this is now what we are being told!
A little history leading up to the Evolution of the GSC Chaired by Lucy Turnbull … this dates back to 27 June 2013 in the AFR.
In a letter to the Editor of the AFR the writer responded to Mr Harry Triguboff , Mr Meriton “Make NSW planning fast and simple”.
…… Mr Triguboff wants to transfer all power over to Town Planners, along with private certifiers.
The avenue he is urging for this streamlined approach is ‘code assessable development’ (now known as ‘code compliant development’ ) through which community consultation is bypassed, and there is no assessment of the impact of the developments on your amenity, the environment, local character and heritage.
“Developers want all the boxes ticked to prevent investigation of the potential impacts of their developments. …… .” Read more!
Lucy Turnbull appointed to head up The Greater Sydney Commission
Andrew Clennell, State Political Editor for the Daily Telegraph wrote on 3 December 2015 in his report “Greater Sydney Commission: Lucy Turnbull named Chair” that the PM’s wife, former Sydney Lord Mayor Lucy Turnbull had been appointed as Chair of the NSW Government’s new Greater Sydney Commission.
Whose idea was this?
It was reported the decision had been made at Cabinet in the prior week.
And that both Premier Mike Baird and Planning Minister Rob Stokes dismissed concerns of a conflict of interest with Mrs Turnbull, the wife of the Prime Minister.
‘The Daily Telegraph understood Premier Mike Baird and Planning Minister Rob Stokes bypassed concerns of a conflict of interest with Mrs Turnbull being the wife of the Prime Minister.’
Mrs Turnbull prior to this appointment had been the Chair of the ‘Committee for Sydney’, and a former Sydney Lord Mayor from 2003 to 2004.
The following day, 4 December 2015 the Meriton Group issued its Media Release:
‘Last night, Chair of the Committee of Sydney, the honourable Lucy Hughes Turnbull officially launched Meriton’s two towers, Centrium, in the affluent business district of Chatswood.
Ms Hughes Turnbull was accompanied by Meriton Group’s CEO, Harry Triguboff AO and both will be welcomed by over 150 people who attended the private launch which included government, council officials and media.’
SO where did the idea of a ‘Greater Sydney Commission’ come from? When it is alleged it was ‘set up in order to stop the bickering of councils and get Sydney moving’ … does that sound something like Harry would say? With his Meriton a member of the developer lobby group, the Urban Taskforce? From where numerous like Media Releases issue. And a good friend of the Turnbulls?
Planning Minister Rob Stokes in putting it through parliament has said that “for too long Sydney’s urban planning has operated in silos of councils and government departments, without effective joined-up co-ordination of the infrastructure our city and suburbs need”.
The role of the GSC will include:
-regular reviews of Councils’ Local Environmental Plans
-to become the decision maker on rezoning proposals previously undertaken by the Minister
DESPITE the numerous reports of like-Viruses emanating from China, videos revealing different animals caged on top of one another … with excrement droppings … slaughtering of animals in both wildlife and wet markets … their bodies either hanging or draped over tables … on the ground … without refrigeration … the very pooor hygiene especially in China’s rural regions not yet addressed by Xi Jinping notwithstanding the millions driven from these regions to be urbanised …
VIEW: Reports on Wet and Wildlife Markets in China … across Asia
AND now as reported by Ben Pike in ‘Holdmark Property Group’s Meadowbank apartment “defective” ‘ the Holdmark Property Group is accused of failing to fix significant defects at its 250 apartment Meadowbank development project 14 months after residents moved in …
Rod Jackson and fellow owners fear they could face enormous repair bills despite only having moved in a little over 12 months and a warranty period of six years!
Mr Jackson in 2018 bought a two-bedroom apartment off the plan for $970,000 claims Holdmark has failed to fix rotting gyprock walls, leaking lifts, glue bleeding out of the external stairs, crumbling sandstone walls and a central water fountain that remains closed.
‘The defects are so bad NSW Builder Commissioner David Chandler has personally stepped in to try and help desperate residents get the problems fixed.
CAAN Photo from our ‘Godzillas with execessive Footprints’ report: Holdmark’s Nancarrow Avenue, Meadowbank development.
“These defects are a direct consequence of poor tradesmanship and shoddy building practice,” Mr Jackson said.
Further, a 10m wall on Nancarrow Ave will soon collapse without some serious rectification.
-a staircase with its wall collapsing with movement
WHY is it that the home owners believe they will have to wear the cost of demolition and reconstruction of the wall?
‘A structural engineer, who did not want to be named, said “there might be some localised risk of dislodgement of small pieces of block or render — which even small pieces can be very dangerous falling from a height”.’
The Sunday Telegraph obtained a copy of the strata committee’s annual general meeting held in January which reveals the owners have had to engage lawyers to get Holdmark to fix the defects with a 20% strata fee increase to initiate legal proceedings
CAAN Photo: the wall referred to above is next to this apartment development at 6 Nancarrow Avenue, Meadowbank.
Meanwhile the NSW Fair Trading Commissioner has assigned a case manager for the matter to assist these home owners. The Building Commissioner, David Chandler has got a commitment from Mr Nassif to attend to the concerns
Holdmark was provided with a list of questions including why so many Harvard building apartments owned by the company remain empty.
PERHAPS CAAN can answer that question … because it is a consequence, no doubt, of the FIRB Ruling allowing developers like Holdmark to sell up to 100% of ‘new homes’ to foreign buyers who can park their money in Australia’s domestic real estate, and leave them vacant
Foreign buyers can also launder ‘black money’ in residential property because the Real Estate Gatekeepers are exempt from Anti-Money Laundering Laws (Morrison Govt October 2018)
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The Harvard Building Apartment Owners were fobbed off with the reply:
“As the building you refer to has been handed over to the Body Corporate Association, your questions should be sent directly to them for comment,” the spokeswoman said.
“Holdmark is absolutely committed to maintaining an ongoing association with the body corporate for the building during the statutory warranty period.“
AND that Holdmark would continue to work with the body corporate and strata manager to resolve any issue brought to their attention.
IS that good enough? WHY should owners not only at Holdmark’s Meadowbank development but home owners across the board ‘face financial ruin’ from defective work? For two-bed homes close on $1M?
ASK why are the Building Commissioner’s powers are so limited? Cough … cough …
A 2012 study by City Futures surveyed 1,020 strata owners across NSW, and found 72% of all respondents (85% in buildings built since 2000) knew of at least one significant defect in their complex.
A damning 2015 report from Engineers Australia found that 85% of new strata units were defective on completion and the certification system in NSW had “broken down”.
‘Today (20 MARCH 2020) the government have abandoned their visa privatisation plan, announcing that they have “terminated the Request for Tender”.
This is an enormous win for the 2000 workers whose jobs were at risk – and for the integrity of our visa processing system. This win would not have happened without you.’
Anthony Galloway, foreign affairs and national security correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age wrote ‘Government bins $1 billion visa outsourcing plan’ on 20 March …
‘A $1 billion plan to outsource Australia’s visa processing system has been canned by the Morrison government after already costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
Acting immigration minister Alan Tudge on Friday afternoon announced the government will not go ahead with the controversial tender, with the Department of Home Affairs to instead undergo a wider overhaul of its services extending to citizenship applications, security clearances and customs.
The decision comes after taxpayers have already forked out at least $87 million on the tender, according to latest figures released from the government. Both bidders have already been paid at least $1 million to participate in the co-design phase of the procurement.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Immigration Minister David Coleman recused themselves from cabinet discussions on the issue because of their long personal and professional relationships with Scott Briggs, who was previously leading one of the bids.‘
Was it because of ongoing scrutiny of the costly tender and the long personal and professional relationships by unions, economists and even cabinet members that it became too uncomfortable forcing Mr Briggs to quit heading the bid by Australian Visa Processing?
The other bid was a joint proposal between Australia Post and Accenture.
IT appears there is to be no let-up … yet to backdoor immigration … because the department is to conduct a market consultation process over some months for a vision to deliver “large-scale workflow processing capability” for visa and citizenship applications, as well as customs and personnel security clearances.
‘Opponents of the scheme said the changes would have damaged the integrity of Australia’s visa and citizenship system and increase the costs to applicants.
Melissa Donnelly, national secretary of the public sector union CPSU, said the plan to hand over some of the processing to private companies was always misguided, but the outbreak of the coronavirus had further exposed its flaws.
“When our nation is facing great uncertainty, Australians expect the Government to back local jobs and the integrity of vital public services, not flog off essential services to political donors’ multi-national companies. This is a win for the security and health of the Australian community,” she said.’
THE MESSAGE ringing loud and clear here is for Authorities to ensure that no such practices and customs are allowed here in Australia! It would seem that regular inspections ought be carried out …
DOES it seem that not only through globalisation, international travel, international students … but also with the backdoor migration of Visa Manipulation that here in Australia we are at a heightened CoronaVirus risk from foreign buyers on Real Estate tours gaining access to our domestic housing … and that until the Morrison Government put a stop to travel here as many as 50,000 a week were flying in from China!
Can we believe what we are told?
WHAT these reports reveal it is not only the Wet Markets across China and Asia but illegal Wildlife Markets
Where you have animals under stress their immune system is down, and the slaughter and the handling process is where the highest risk of the virus jumping from animals to humans would have occurred.
In cramped conditions wild animals are smuggled in from all over the World …
The journalist reported … literally thousands of people here in the market a perfect storm for the Wuhan thing to happen again!
China has closed more than 20,000 wet markets but the wild life markets are still operating with impunity! Run by organised crime syndicates across Asia … huddled in cages and boxes including African meerkats, ferets, tortoises, snakes, cockatoos, blue tongue lizards … animals that are never together in the Wild so are vulnerable to viruses carried by each other. Those viruses can pass to the humans who handle them.
The next global pandemic could easily begin in one of these cages.
To stop the next Pandemic shut down the markets in China, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, and other countries as well.
The Pangolin the most highly trafficked animal in the World!
CAAN: Also note the lack of refrigeration … animals sitting in cages on top of one another … excrement falls to the lower cage(s) …
READ MORE: Business Insider: Wuhan Coronavirus Chinese Wet Market
1st known case of coronavirus traced back to November in China
The Chinese Wild-Animal Industry and Wet Markets Must Go
March 19, 2020
A report from Therese Shaheen, CEO of US Asia International and formerly Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan from 2002 to 2004 writes …
Despite the huge health risks they create, these practices are deeply embedded in rural Chinese life.
The executive committee of the Chinese Communist Party, in late February issued an edict banning the country’s “wet markets,” including those in Wuhan, the source of the current COVID-19 outbreak.
The statement notes that resolutely ban and severely crack down on illegal wildlife markets and trade, and control major public health risks from the source.” The Straits Times of Singapore has reported that eight laws have been passed in the last week.
After the SARS outbreak in 2003, which was traced to a wet market in the southern Guangdong Province, a temporary ban on wet markets and the wild-animal industry were put in place. … In August the Chinese government lifted the ban.
Wet markets , typically open-air sites selling fresh meat, seafood, and produce.The meats often are butchered and trimmed on-site. Markets in China have come in for justifiable condemnation because of the way they’ve evolved, commingling traditional livestock with a wide variety of wild animals, including exotic and endangered species. Many are quite unsanitary, with blood, entrails, excrement, and other waste creating the conditions for disease that migrates from animals to people through virus, bacteria, and other forms of transmission. Such “zoonotic diseases” that have emerged from China and other regions of the world include Ebola, HIV, bird flu, swine flu, and SARS.
Over time, this led to the breeding and distribution of these animals, and small rural outposts developed into larger-scale operations. Add to this the use of wild animals not only for consumption but as the supposedly magic ingredients in tonics and alternative medicines, and it is obvious that what began as subsistence farming for the rural poor has developed into a substantial industry.
Sixty million Americans caught the H1N1 “swine flu” virus in 2009, while the SARS outbreak killed nearly 800 people worldwide. The COVID-19 death toll is already multiples of that.
We will owe it to the memory of those we lose that there be a global, sustained push to see these practices ended, everywhere.