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February 16, 2020 - NBC News

Coronavirus, pangolins and racism: Why conservationism and prejudice shouldn't mix

Coronavirus, pangolins and racism: Why conservationism and prejudice shouldn't mix
Pangolin File Image: (c) Photabulous!

Dialogues about the new coronavirus should not allow the important topic of wildlife conservation to provide a smokescreen for prejudice.

Last week, rumors began circulating that endangered pangolins — also known as scaly anteaters — might have been the intermediate host that allowed the deadly new coronavirus disease COVID-19 to spread from bats to humans, based on unpublished research findings announced in a Chinese university press release.

Although evidence was not provided, I witnessed a flood of social media posts celebrating the “revenge” of pangolins because Chinese traditional remedies can include pangolin body parts. As much as I love pangolins and don’t want to see them driven to extinction by the illegal wildlife trade, I am concerned to see environmentalism and conservationism building on racist narratives. It’s a culturally sensitive problem that extends further than this current coronavirus crisis, and it needs to stop.

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