Illegal wildlife traders selling Rhino Horn as Medicine for Coronavirus.
Tushar Modak

Illegal wildlife traders in china selling Rhino Horn as Medicine for Coronavirus.

Illegal wildlife traders in china selling Rhino Horn as Medicine for Coronavirus.

Practically all the investigations have indicated that the source of the fatal Coronavirus episode that is unleashing devastation in China and around the globe was the illegal wildlife market in Wuhan.

It is accepted that the infection was moved from bats to people by means of pangolin, an endangered creature that is a much looked for after product in the Chinese illegal wildlife exchange markets.

Wuhan has a large market that sells a wide range of animals or animal-based items, including live foxes, wolf puppies, monster lizards, snakes, crocodiles, porcupines, camel meat, rodents, peacocks, and so forth including numerous of those who are restricted.

Presently even after the dangerous infection has spread out, illegal wildlife dealers are attempting to make money.

As per the UK-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), wildlife dealers are presently offering an alleged remedy for Coronavirus, including rhino horns and other rare species parts.

Wildlife dealers and traders in China and Laos have been utilizing online social media websites to peddle items like Angong Niuhuang Wan; a great solution trusted to treat the impacts of strokes and decrease fever. It is sold on the internet via networking websites as pellets and balls made up of animal parts, minerals & herbs. Presently, this old drug is being touted by a few venders as a powerful medicine for the new Coronavirus.
Illegal wildlife traders in china selling Rhino Horn as Medicine for Coronavirus.

“The irony of dealers promoting an illegal wildlife item to treat an infection which was accepted to have begun in the wildlife meat exchange again stresses the necessity for governments, especially China, to handle interest for undermined wildlife utilized in customary medicine,” the EIA said.

The nation has, for some time, been blamed by preservationists for enduring a shadowy exchange of endangered animals as components in traditional drugs or rare meat.

China stays an essential buyer of parts and results of rhinos, large cats, pangolins, and a few different animal types, incorporating for their utilization in conventional medications. To handle this interest, strategy changes required include a far-reaching, permanent restriction on the usage of parts and products of endangered wildlife threatened by the traders, including those from captive sources.

Rhino, one of the most fundamentally endangered animals on the planet, is a much looked for after item in the secret markets of China. In spite of the fact that conventional Chinese medication asserts that the rhino horn has a few therapeutic properties, present-day science has dismissed it. Rhino horns are made of keratin, a similar kind of protein that makes up hair and fingernails

This has, though not prevented Rhinos from being executed for their horns, both in Africa and Asian nations, including India.

VERIFY: Watch out for coronavirus scams

The World Health Organization and the Better Business Bureau have both warned against scammers taking advantage of coronavirus panic.

Wherever there is fear, there are also scams. The new coronavirus, officially called COVID-19, is no different.

The World Health Organization has warned that scammers are taking advantage of the coronavirus outbreak to send phishing links and trick people in other related ways.

In their warning, they say that scammers are pretending to be WHO officials in email, websites, phone calls, text messages and even fax messages. If the scammers send an email, they try to phish victims by tricking them into sending information like usernames or passwords, clicking malicious links or opening malicious attachments.

One way people can verify whether they are receiving real emails from WHO is if the email ends with “”. WHO noted they do not send emails from addresses ending in “”, “” or “”.

WHO also stressed that there is no need someone would need your personal information such as username and password to access public information.

You can verify if communication is legitimately from WHO by contacting them directly. Additionally, if you’ve been targeted by a scam in which someone impersonates WHO you can report it to them.

Digital scams aren’t all there is to worry about though. The Better Business Bureau, which is not affiliated with the government, warned of scams selling physical products. Specifically, they warned about face masks.

The BBB warns of phony online stores taking your money and sending poor quality or counterfeit masks. Their advice to avoid getting scammed is to only buy from sellers you know and trust.

They also warn of products that claim to sell some kind of “miracle cure” for the new virus. Currently, the Center for Disease Control says the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the disease in the first place. They do not recommend any cures.

In fact, the CDC says on their FAQ page that they do not recommend people who are well wear respiratory masks to prevent themselves from respiratory illness. They say you should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends you do so. The CDC does say people who have become sick with COVID-19 should wear a mask, as should health workers and other people taking care of patients with COVID-19.

In general, be wary of scams taking advantage of your worries regarding the latest coronavirus outbreak. Don’t click links or attachments in emails from people you don’t recognize and trust. Don’t give away your personal information. Don’t fall for products said to provide some kind of miracle cure. Steer away from buying masks or other items from shady shops.

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Dillsburg couple that spent days in quarantine on cruise ship in Japan now headed to the US for more quarantine

Happy birthday Colette.

Happy wedding anniversary too.

Colette and Bill Smedley of Dillsburg have a lot to celebrate. But, unfortunately the only thing they can celebrate is finally getting a chance to head back to the U.S. for more quarantine for the coronavirus.

The couple had been trapped for days onboard a Diamond Princess cruise ship in a Yokohama port outside of Tokyo where passengers have been falling sick around them. The cruise was supposed to be a romantic getaway for their 33rd wedding anniversary.

Now, it’s Colette’s birthday and they are boarding a plane back to the U.S.

Bill Smedley writing on faceook:

“Happy birthday Colette. We left the ship at midnight. 6.5 hr stuck on a bus after a 15 minute drive to the airport we took off. Passport system horrible. 12 buses with a police escort side streets blocked curtains drawn .Felt import. We are in the first class section. Seats are old Russian passenger plane seats that are so much more comfortable than the new seats even have leg room . Headed to Texas and then maybe to Nebraska no one knows. Plane is warm now but freezing for the first 5 hrs. 12 .5 total hopefully. Porta potties strapped down with plastic pipes running out side for our comfort. 160 ppl. Suited hooded. Drs running around took temps once. Another scheduled. One medic was in tears as he welcomed us on board. “All of America is praying for you” he said. The enormity of this situation struck me pretty hard seeing his welcome. Coolers of water box meals and snacks plentiful. Even chips yes. No media anything to occupy our time, however we are sitting with some great new friends to help with the time. Talking is difficult with masks. Should touch down 1230 pm ish Not sure what’s gonna happen .Probably a lot more waiting around hopefully not but we shall see.”

Bill Smedley
Bill & Colette Smedley are headed back to the US after spending their wedding anniversary in quarantine on a cruise ship off Yokohama

Bill Smedley

The couple began their trip January 6th and was supposed to be home February 3rd.

“I’m trying not to think about it, you know,” Smedley told FOX43 back on February 10th when the couple was still onboard the ship. “There’s nothing I can do, you know. We’re here. If you get angry and upset about it it’s not going to do any good. So, you have to make the best of the situation you’re dealt.”
As for the couple’s wedding anniversary, Smedley said, “I think we’ll remember this one. This is our 33rd anniversary so I’m glad we like each other because it could be miserable if we didn’t.”