Some scientists suspect wild animals sold in a market were the source of the coronavirus pandemic, that has killed more than 48,000 lives worldwide so far, while others argue it was in circulation elsewhere in Wuhan even earlier.
The crew of the ship, which was headed to Saudi Arabia, and 32 sheep have been rescued. The transport of livestock with boats from Romania has been criticised by various groups due to concerns about animal welfare.
The Flanders government in Belgium said stunning animals was more humane, banning ritually slaughtered animal meat. Now, Muslims and Jews have to drive hours-long journeys to find the meat they want.
With consumption of the famed meat known for its melt-in-the-mouth tenderness and marbled fat on the decline in Japan, producers are looking overseas to boost sales instead.
Meat alternatives are in high demand to meet the rising food and meat demands of the world's population.
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