"We've had enough!" campaign for closure of wet markets
GAIA calls on the United Nations to create an Exit Strategy from wildlife trade, wet markets and industrial animal farming - for a world free from pandemics caused by animal-borne diseases like Covid-19.
Wet markets owe their name in part to the blood, guts, scales and water dripping to the floor of the marketplace. There, wild and other animals such as civets, raccoons, snakes, crocodiles, dogs and poultry are traded in unhygienic conditions, often left sick, dehydrated to die of starvation.
Wet markets have not only been violating animal welfare standards but have posed a threat to public health. Numerous researchers believe that Covid-19 originated precisely at such markets.