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Shocking video shows ‘wet markets’ still open in Thailand and Indonesia and where workers handle dogs, rats and snakes


GRIM footage showing the horrific conditions inside 'wet markets' has emerged, with dogs, snakes and rats being butchered and sold.

‘Wet markets’ in Indonesia and Thailand remain open for business despite the spread of coronavirus, with campaign groups warning that the next global pandemic “is right round the corner”.

As the global coronavirus death toll nears 100,000, new footage from meat markets in Indonesia and Thailand shows dead wild animals next to live chickens, cats and frogs awaiting slaughter.

People are seen wearing flip-flops as they walk across filthy blood-soaked floors in Tomohon, Indonesia, and Bangkok, Thailand, and sellers handle raw flesh with their bare hands.

Dead dogs, pigs and a snake are shown with flies buzzing around them, while chickens and cats wait to be killed in cramped cages.

It is believed that coronavirus started at a wet market in Wuhan, China, which sold bats and reptiles.

Scientists say it is likely that Covid-19 was first transmitted from a bat to a human.

The new video has been released by wildlife campaign group PETA, who say these markets could cause the next global pandemic.

Founder Ingrid Newkirk said: “The next pandemic is right around the corner as long as sick and stressed animals are crowded together in blood-soaked meat markets.

“PETA is calling on the World Health Organisation to help shut down these dangerous operations, whether they’re killing chickens in New York or cats in Indonesia.”

The new footage comes after the same market in Indonesia was seen still operating in March.

One local at Tomohon market said it was “business as usual”, despite the local mayor banning the sale of wild meat.

However, the global trade is estimated to be worth £58bn a year, and there are fears that powerful industry lobbyists may pressure governments to keep the markets open.

Another virus, SARS, which led to hundreds of deaths in 2002 and 2003, was also linked to wet markets.

The markets are seen as a breeding grounds for diseases, which can jump from the animals to humans.

The animals are usually caged in public areas and on pavements – where faeces and blood can contaminate people.

The United Nations has called for a global ban on wet markets, but said alternatives need to be offered to local people.

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, UN biodiversity chief, said on Monday: “It would be good to ban the live animal markets as China has done and some countries.

“But we should also you have communities, particularly from low-income rural areas, particularly in Africa, remember which are dependent on wild animals to sustain the livelihoods of millions of people.”

China closed their wet markets after the outbreak begun in Wuhan, but allegedly reopened them last week.

The government said more than 3,331 people died of the virus in the country, and they had 81,740 confirmed cases.

According to John Hopkins University, 1.5 million people have now been infected with Covid-19, and over 88,0000 have died.

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