Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara are the latest celebrities to call for ban on “wet markets.” The engaged couple penned an op-ed in the Washington Post calling for a ban on factory farming and the “wet markets.”

The opinion article cited Dr. Anthony Fauci as a voice of closing the markets and added that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) have shared risks of factory farms.

They write, “As this disaster continues to ravage society, we must examine our role in the emergence of the coronavirus and our vulnerability to a growing number of diseases as a result of our impositions on the animal kingdom and the environment. This probe cannot end with bats, monkeys, pangolins and other exotic wildlife supposedly to blame for recent contagions. It should encompass all of the supporting industries that contribute to the debilitation of communities, our susceptibility to illnesses and our complete defenselessness in their wake. A real public-health reckoning would have us reshape our patterns of consumption, curbing our dependence on animal products. A bacteria-infested (and inhumane) food supply makes people sick.”

The pair also urged the government to close CAFOs, or “concentrated animal feeding operations.”

“The unsanitary living conditions inside CAFOS weaken animals’ immune systems and increase their susceptibility to infection and disease. The factory farms’ response has been to pump the animals full of antibiotics that make their way into our food supply and onto our dinner plates, systematically fostering in humans a lethal resistance to the medicines that once quelled everyday infections,” write Mara and Phoenix. “Such practices have brought humanity to the point that the WHO now estimates that more than half of all human diseases emanate from animals.”

Both Phoenix and Mara are known for the animal activism, Phoenix had a busy animal activism schedule during the 2019 awards season, where he was nominated for his role in Joker. Mara has done undercover investigations in England and often joins Phoenix at protests.

Hundreds of organizations have signed a letter calling for a ban on wet markets, and celebrities like Paul McCartney have spoken out against them. The WHO hasn’t taken steps to ban them, but China issued a temporary ban in January.

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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 ban the wildlife trade.

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