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Michael Kagan: God’s Prayer and the Revenge of the Pangolin

Now it seems that the lowly pangolin is taking its revenge, hitting us on our soft, vulnerable underbelly. Coincidence or Gaia striking back for our greed and arrogance towards our fellow travelers?

MICHAEL KAGAN: A number of scientific papers have recently been published asking the question: where did the corona virus originally come from? And the answer is not China. Which animal initially incubated the virus before passing it on via bats or pigs to humans? It turns out that the very cute pangolin has become the chief suspect. Apparently this scaly, ant-eating mammal (it is not a reptile) is able to live quite happily with variations of the SARS-CoV virus in its body. Unfortunately, humans cannot live happily with either the harmless pangolin or with the harmful virus it so innocently hosts.

The pangolin’s habitat ranges across Asia and Africa. It is the must illegally hunted animal on the planet. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC): The primary threat to most pangolin species is illegal hunting and poaching for local use and illicit international trade. Recent estimates based on seizure data suggest that the equivalent of more than 895,000 pangolins were trafficked globally between 2000 and 2019. This trade mainly involves pangolin scales and meat and to a lesser extent other body parts, which are primarily trafficked to East and Southeast Asia…

Over the last few years I have learnt more and more about the plight of this lowly creature whose only form of defense is to roll itself up in a ball and hope that its scaly outer-self protects it from predators until the danger passes – a little bit like the social isolation we are experiencing now… As part of my research, I travelled to China, went to wild animal markets, and was offered savoury dishes of fresh Pangolin flesh (which I graciously declined). In 2017, the famous actor/producer Jackie Chan took upon himself to head up an international campaign to protect this rapidly disappearing creature. But apparently, all to no avail. Until now.

Now it seems that the lowly pangolin is taking its revenge, hitting us on our soft, vulnerable underbelly. Is this simply a coincidence or is it Gaia – the global consciousness – striking back for our greed and arrogance towards our fellow travelers on this lonely but beautiful planet using the poor pangolin as its vector of transmission? I would suggest that we take the second option very seriously – whether true or not… Right now… chemical pollution levels are down everywhere… and CO2 emissions have plummeted. Deforestation has ground to a halt. The lungs of the world are becoming less clogged. The autoimmune system of the world is under less stress. Finally it can breathe freely again. The opposite of what is happening to those of us sick with this virus, and sick of this virus.  SOURCE…

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