Why Covid-19 might spell the end of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s animal welfare atrocities
by Al Genova
What's Going On Here?
High profile supporters and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, also known as TCM, have said its future is untenable if it continues to rely on the trade of endangered animals, which has been pointed to as a likely source of Covid-19.
What Does This Mean?
TCM might be a billion dollar industry in China (by the end of 2020 it is estimated to be worth about $420bn) with formal approval into the the global compendium of medical practices by the World Health Organization last year, but its association with the Covid-19 outbreak and the decimation of endangered species could spell its doom.
Why Should We Care?
Wildlife plays an important role in balancing the environment. When a species becomes extinct it can impact the demise of other species down the line, setting off a chain of ecosystem destruction. Humans are dependent on a healthy ecosystem for our survival; among many other essential things it purifies the air, sequesters carbon for climate regulation and cycles nutrients so we have access to clean water.
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