Protests As World Health Organization Advises Against Shutting Wet Markets
Protestors wearing hazmat suits have demanded that the World Health Organization (WHO) changes its official advice to keep wet markets open.
The protestors gathered at the WHO offices in Copenhagen yesterday — while observing social distancing measures — to call for a global ban on the live animal markets.
“Petri Dishes For Pandemics”
“Filthy live-animal markets must be closed for the sake of every species sold and slaughtered there – and the survival of the human species” said PETA director Elisa Allen.
“WHO must urgently change its tune and help shut down these Petri dishes for pandemics now.”
The action was organized by animal welfare groups PETA, Dyrenes Alliance, and Anima.
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COVID-19 & Wet Markets
A wet market in China is believed to be the source of the coronavirus pandemic — although this has not been officially confirmed.
PETA recently released video footage to show that many of these markets are still operating in Europe, the US, Asia, and Africa.
At least 328,000 people around the world have died from the virus, with more than five million confirmed cases.
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