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Is human destruction of nature responsible for COVID-19?
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Eating meat

Eating meat, something that is extremely negative for the environment, caused the coronavirus outbreak.
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The Argument

Coronavirus is a type of disease that can occur in both animals and humans, like SARS. COVID-19 most likely began in bats or pangolins.[1] A study undertaken by virologists found that COVID-19 is 96% similar to a variation of coronavirus found in bats.[2] Reports have traced the earliest occurrence of COVID-19 to an animal market in Wuhan, China.[1] At this market, many types of animals including birds, snakes and rabbits are traded illegally.[3] It is believed that from here the disease jumped from animals to humans, perhaps being transmitted from bat to pangolin first.[4] Without reasons to be in close proximity to animals, without people eating meat - pangolins are sold because they're a delicacy - coronavirus would not have spread. Eating meat is already incredibly bad for the environment.[5] Now, it has caused a global pandemic.

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While COVID-19 has been traced back to a Wuhan animal market, it is not confirmed that this is how the disease spread from animals to humans.[1]


[P1] The coronavirus pandemic began in a meat market. [P2] If we did not eat meat, the pandemic would not have began.

Rejecting the premises


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