Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Friday, April 3, called on the Chinese regime to shut down the country’s notorious wet markets, where exotic animals are sold for human consumption, amid the CCP Virus (coronavirus) crisis.
“Sixteen percent of all deaths in the world are infectious diseases and about 60 percent of them come from animal to human transmission,” Graham told Fox News’s ‘The Story.’ … People eat cats and dogs throughout the world as part of their diet: We need to stop that. It’s the 21st century.”
Graham said he is sending a letter with Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) to the World Health Organization and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) demanding the closure of wet markets.
“Some guy in China started all this, and it most likely came from a wet market,” Graham said, referring to the CCP Virus pandemic.
In January, the wet markets in Wuhan were closed by the Communist Party, after the first cases of the CCP Virus were reported, and suspicion fell on the markets as the source. Early this week, the markets were reopened after the Chinese regime declared victory over the CCP Virus.
On Thursday, Graham called on his Senate colleagues to sign a letter to the ambassador from China urging the country’s authorities close these markets.
Hope my Republican and Democratic Senate colleagues will sign onto my letter to the Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. urging the immediate closure of these wet markets for the safety of the world at large.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) April 2, 2020
Graham also advised President Trump demand that Chinese leader Xi Jinping shut down these markets for the safety of his people and the world at large.
“What I would tell President Trump is call President Xi and say ‘Listen, you just reopened the wet market in Wuhan where we believe this all came from. Crack down on exotic animals in these wet markets where they contaminate the food supply and human beings,'” he said. “Bats carry [contagions], stop eating bats.”
Since it begun in Wuhan in December 2019, the CCP Virus pandemic has spread over 205 countries and territories, claiming almost 60,000 deaths and infecting more than 1 million people.