Human beings are staying indoors to avoid the COVID-19 virus, the animals in the world are emerging from hiding in great numbers and are venturing into the so called civilizations created by us. Goats are coming out around 10-15 times to vegetation in the center of towns in Wales.
Mountain lion is found sleeping on the tree top by the side of the road in Colorado. In Italy, Wild boar are roaming in street. Similarly, Brazil is seeing thousands of sea turtle hatchlings walking safely to their new home in the ocean as people and dogs are not their to interfere with their migration.
Let’s face it. Human beings are predators and are as dangerous as the wild animals in the jungle. Our love for ‘Wild Animal Meat’ may have been instrumental in giving rise to infectious diseases like COVID-19. The “wet markets –named for the amount of blood and body parts left over after the animals are eviscerated — have been linked to both severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Destruction of natural habitats of animals has forced them into closer proximity with humans, to the detriment of both. The transmission of diseases from animals to people is much higher under such circumstances.
The present crisis highlights the dangers of “meat markets for wild animals in Asia, especially China, and our intensive farms where we cruelly crowd together billions of animals around the world.
These are the conditions that create an opportunity for the viruses to jump from animals across the species barrier to humans.
In an odd sort of way, the virus is offering us a glimpse at what life might be like in a world with very low carbon emissions and an abundance of renewable energy. It’s like nature has given us a chance to reassess our mania for pillaging the Earth that sustains us.
Perhaps we should listen to what nature is trying to tell us. We may never get another chance to do the right thing.
Humans will have to come out of the mind set “As long as there is money to be made, who cares about tomorrow?” because if they don’t “business as usual” will be paused by pandemics similar to coronavirus and in near future even human may cease to exist…
Reference- The Guardian, National Geographic, Clean Technica, The Washington Post