(Feb 28): Living in Australia I enjoyed eating wild caught barramundi fish, prawns, mud crabs and eel along with wild caught kangaroo and wild (farmed) crocodile. These are premiere foods promoted in tourism campaigns and prepared by celebrity chefs.

In France it is also common to eat wild rabbit, wild pigeon, snails, frogs and (farmed) wild boar. France, like England and Germany, has a long tradition of eating game meat. Although its more common now to buy these wild foods conveniently shrink wrapped at the supermarket it still not that uncommon in Europe to buy a live chicken, pigeon, or snail in the market to take home and butcher. Even European tinned sardines proudly proclaim they are wild caught. Fresh food always has a premium and wild caught is considered superior to farmed.

China has the same traditions which brings us to the link between wet markets selling exotic animals and the development of new diseases — a link that seems to be particularly the responsibility of China.

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