Investigators with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recorded video footage showing markets selling live dogs, monkey, civets, snakes and bats — one of the animals that has been widely blamed for spreading COVID-19.
“PETA is calling on government officials to shut down these Petri dishes for pandemics,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a press release.
The video opens showing the Jatinegara Bird Market in Jakarta selling bats, monkeys, and civets — which have been linked to SARS — despite the city being the epicenter for COVID-19 in Indonesia.
Birds and cats, which are also eaten in parts of the country, are shown in tight cages covered in feces and food which appears to be rotten.
One rabbit convulsed and seemingly died on camera right in front of the investigator.
Elsewhere, butchers gutted fish on a street in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam — where the cooked heads and other body parts of dogs were piled on a counter near living animals.
At a market in Zhejiang, China, workers mopped animal blood and guts into a walkway and prepared raw meat. Workers wearing flip-flops on blood-soaked floors were seen in the Philippines, where they also cut up pig and bird carcasses.
PETA Asia has called on health ministers in Asian countries including China, Indonesia and Thailand to close wet markets.
The coronavirus pandemic is believed to have emerged in a “wet market” in Wuhan, China that sold live animals in disgraceful conditions.
Environmentalists and scientists have also issued dire warnings to stop the illegal wildlife trade — fearing it could lead to another pandemic that could wipe out civilization.
PETA also made news this week for selling a $160 Halloween costume mocking “Tiger King” subject Joe Exotic.