According to the Daily Mail, shocking footage of a wet market in Vietnam shows frogs having their legs cut off with scissors. Despite warnings from international activists and groups, many wet markets in Asia are still operational. Scientists believe the coronavirus pandemic started at a wet market in Wuhan, China.

The market in Vietnam had turtles crammed into cages and multiple animals for sale. A clip from the market shows a pile of intestines on the floor as a market worker cuts the frogs legs apart from its body.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said markets like these “increases the risk of contamination of the meat with foodborne pathogens.”

See footage of the wet market captured by Moving Animals:

Moving Animals, the group that captured the footage, said the conditions were abhorrent at the market. Activists said of the scene, “The conditions and slaughter process, as well as being horrendous for the animals, pose a real risk for pathogen spread to workers. (They) are constantly exposed to potentially infected animals, and to customers on these busy markets. In these poorly regulated markets animals are usually slaughtered in the middle of market stands, often on the floor among cages filled with more animals – by using simple tools like scissors.”

Read more recent news about wet markets, including Vietnam in One Green Planet, read about markets in Vietnam still selling wild animals, Vietnam’s wildlife trade ban and the 80 wet markets operating in New York. 

Scientists believe that the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, started at an exotic animal market in Wuhan, China. You can help stop the incidence of viruses like these by signing this petition to Close All Wet Markets Now!

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