PETA Calls For Filthy Live-Animal Markets—Where Cats, Dogs, Chickens, Fish, and Wildlife Are Slaughtered and Sold—to Be Shut Down, for Everyone’s Sake

As the coronavirus—which originated in a “wet market” in Wuhan, China—continues to spread, PETA has just released brand-new video footage of live-animal markets in Tomohon, Indonesia, and Bangkok, Thailand. The group is renewing its call for authorities to close all live-animal markets in these countries for good. (See PETA’s tweet here.)

The footage shows humans wearing slippers walking across blood-soaked floors and handling pigs’ raw flesh with their bare hands. Blood and rotting flesh covered the floors and countertops. Dogs, pigs, and a snake lay dead while flies buzzed around them; chickens and cats destined for slaughter were held in cramped cages; and bags packed with live frogs lay next to dead frogs’ mutilated bodies.

“The next pandemic could come from Indonesia as long as sick and stressed animals are crowded together in its blood-soaked meat markets,” says PETA Senior Vice President Jason Baker. “PETA is calling on authorities to shut down these dangerous operations.”

Deadly outbreaks of swine flu, avian flu, SARS, HIV, hoof-and-mouth disease, mad cow disease, and other zoonotic diseases have stemmed from capturing or farming animals for food. Live-animal markets are perfect breeding grounds for diseases, which can jump from various other species to humans, since stressed, injured, and sickly animals are commonly caged in public areas and on sidewalks—where feces, blood, and offal can contaminate buyers and sellers and be tracked into restaurants or homes.

PETA has called on the health ministers of Indonesia, Thailand, and other Asian countries to close “wet markets” there, but it has yet to receive a response from any of them.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.