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Live Animal Markets Should Be Closed to Prevent the Next Pandemic

By Reynard Loki

The exact origin of the coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, which started the COVID-19 pandemic, is still unclear. Early reports suggested that the virus jumped from an animal to a human at Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, a “wet market” that sells live animals. On March 30, the international team of scientists assembled by the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report of their recent visit to Wuhan to investigate the source of the virus and confirmed the “zoonotic source of SARS-CoV-2.”


“Evidence from surveys and targeted studies so far have shown that the coronaviruses most highly related to

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Catsbury Park cat cafe closed, cat rescue and adoption work continues

Castbury Park has closed its Cookman Avenue cat café, the latest change to downtown Asbury Park caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

But Catsbury Park’s work supporting the area’s feline population has never stopped.

“Catsbury Park, when I started it out of a spare bedroom in my house five years ago, the mission was to help save the lives of cats in need,” said Catsbury Park founder and president DJ Bornschein, “and the best way we can do that right now is to give up the store.”

Catsbury Park, which opened in 2017, announced the closure of its café 

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