The United Nations is being urged to ban wet markets around the world, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
It is understood that the coronavirus originated from a wet market – where live animals are kept and slaughtered in close proximity to dead ones – in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread, killing more than 47,000 people at the time of writing.
Now animal protection agency has launched a worldwide campaign and petition calling for the immediate closure of wet markets across the globe, saying these markets ‘pose an immediate danger to humans and are also intensely cruel to animals’.
According to Animal Equality: “Wet markets get their name in part from the blood, guts, scales, and water that soak the stalls’ floors, remnants of animals brutally killed so customers can eat freshly killed meat.
“In exclusive footage shot by Animal Equality at wet markets in China, Vietnam and India, animals such as deer, raccoons, crocodiles, and dogs are shown living in filthy conditions, suffering from dehydration, starvation and disease.”
Animal Equality has created a video – voiced by Plant Based News co-founder Robbie Lockie – featuring this footage.