Animal rights charity PETA wants to see these markets shut – both in a bid to protect human health and prevent animal suffering, and has launched a petition urging the WHO to close them down.
The charity describes wet markets as ‘a market that sells live and dead animals – often of a variety of species – for human consumption, like those that exist in New York‘.
It adds: “Such markets, where stressed, injured, and sick animals are commonly caged in public areas, are perfect breeding grounds for diseases.
“Peter Li, an associate professor at the University of Houston–Downtown, states [in the video below] that at wet markets, ‘the cages are stacked one over another. Animals at the bottom are often soaked with all kinds of liquid. Animal excrement, pus, blood’.
“Such conditions allow viruses to spread from one animal to another as well as to humans who come into contact with them.”