Animal Equality have today launched an international campaign calling on the United Nations to demand an immediate global ban on all wet markets.
Please sign their petition here and share it widely.
Animal Equality have investigated wet markets in China, India and Vietnam. The footage in the video is from a wet market in Wuhan, China, where Covid-19 is thought to have originated.
Wet markets get their name, in part, from the floors that are soaked in blood – the blood of animals such as crocodiles, porcupines, deer, bats, chickens, goats and cats and dogs.
There are no animal welfare or hygiene regulations in place and, despite the documented dangers to public health and extreme cruelty to animals, wet markets remain legal. They are hell on earth for animals and have now posed a global threat to human health globally.
Covid-19 is not the first deadly virus to emerge from humanity’s misuse of our fellow sentient creatures, and, if we do not learn from our mistakes, it will not be the last. All past pandemics have originated from animals being eaten or taken from their natural environments. These include the influenza pandemic of 1918, HIV, Lassa fever, Ebola, MERS, SARS, Nipah, swine flu H1N1, avian flu H5N1 and Covid-19. When we steal animals from their natural environments and confine them in unnatural conditions, we can tear viruses loose from their natural hosts to whom they do no harm. They then need to seek new hosts to whom they can be harmful, such as humans. Further details are here.