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.

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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:

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New investigation: in partnership with @opencagesuk and @dailymail we’ve published horrific scenes from a live animal market in Vietnam, operating despite the COVID-19 pandemic. . Whilst documenting we witnessed extreme suffering, unregulated conditions, and hordes of live animals. Live frogs were being decapitated with scissors, caged turtles were floundering on their backs, and fish were being sliced and quartered whilst still alive. It was truly heartbreaking. . ‘Ban these cruel live animal markets and the risk of another pandemic will be significantly reduced. We urge the Vietnamese authorities to close these facilities immediately.' – Connor Jackson, CEO Open Cages. Please join @opencagesuk in calling for a ban on live animal markets: https://stoplivemarkets.org/ (link in bio). . It’s also so important to remember that the suffering shown openly at these live animal markets occurs in the West too, except it happens behind closed doors. As we call for protection for the animals suffering in front of our eyes, we should also take a look in our own backyard, where billions of animals languish in factory farms. . If you’d like to cover this story, please contact [email protected] . 📷 Frog being decapitated by scissors/Live animals awaiting slaughter/Fish slaughter/Bodies of dead dogs/The purchase of snails. Vietnam, 2020 Amy Jones/Moving Animals

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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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