China’s deadly ‘wet markets’ that are notorious for allegedly being the ‘creators of coronavirus’ have reopened, at a time when rest of the world is dealing with a full-blown pandemic. But, they are not the only one.
Reportedly, New York City too has over 80 wet markets that sell ten animal species, including goats, sheep, chickens, guinea hens, rabbits, pigeons, Muscovy ducks, and quail, as per a report by Theirturn.net. These establishments, just like China’s live markets, are ill-famed for being unhygienic and cruel to animals–a recipe for disaster.
Live-animal markets are blood-soaked slaughterhouses where the public can choose live animals, such as chickens and rabbits, who are then slaughtered while the customer waits. Apart from this absolute barbarism, these animals are kept in cramped, and filthy cages, while being denied food and water.
Since 2016, animal rights activists, epidemiologists and public health advocates have been pleading to the authorities to shut these markets down in order to prevent the transmission and spread of infectious diseases, but to no avail.