Unprecedented investigation into illegal wildlife and dog meat markets in India – News

Dead dogs with intestines wrapped around their bodies, live frogs wrapped in plastic bags, a vendor wielding the decapitated head of a deer with his bare hands – all destined to be sold as meat.

A new investigation by PETA India into wildlife markets in several states reveals widespread violations of Indian animal welfare laws. These markets pose a major health threat to Indian residents and across the world in the fight against zoonoses like COVID-19.

Dogs and other animals sold for their meat

In one market, the meat of venison, wild boar and frogs was sold illegally. Sellers and buyers handled the animal parts with their bare hands.

The PETA India investigator saw people selling illegally poached venison elsewhere.

In another market, workers also handled live and dead animals with their bare hands. Here, dog meat, live frogs in plastic bags, pigeons, quail and ducks were sold for food.

Elsewhere, live eels writhed in small containers, frogs panted in plastic bags, mice thrashed frantically in cramped enclosures, earthworms huddled on top of each other, and birds piled in wire cages competed for space.

Puppies have also been seen in cages, and dogs have also been sold for their meat. The mouths of the adult dogs were tied and tied in burlap sacks.

Once dead, their internal organs were removed and their bodies charred for sale. As PETA India has insisted in its communication with Indian authorities, these sales are illegal because dogs and animals protected by the Indian Wildlife Protection Act 1972 cannot be killed for their meat in India. .

In one village, hunters took animals covered by wildlife protection laws to local markets to sell. Despite the law, one hunter claimed there were no local restrictions on hunting.

These cruel and disgusting markets are repeat offenders

The bad conditions in these markets run deep. In 2020, PETA India released a video showing similarly terrible practices:

  • Men at a Delhi market slaughtered live chickens, skinned them and handled their blood-soaked meat and viscera with their bare hands.
  • Bags of crabs and eels were for sale at a fish market.
  • Dogs were killed and sold for their meat.
  • Vendors handled and sold the charred remains of wild animals, including monkeys, wild boar, porcupines and deer.

Live animal markets: kill and be killed

Unhealthy conditions like those found in these markets are ideal for the spread of zoonoses. Most experts believe that the COVID-19 pandemic first spread from wildlife to humans at a live animal market in Wuhan, China. Avian flu, SARS, swine flu and MERS are also linked to raising and slaughtering animals for food. Despite the staggering death toll, calls from world leaders to ban these markets, and the emergence of highly contagious variants, these markets and others like them continue to operate as if nothing had happened.

There is no way to make live animal markets safe – they must be closed immediately for the good of both animals and humans.

PETA India and its supporters are calling on local health and environmental authorities to immediately end these cruel and dangerous operations. As for the animal markets here in France, we also have work to do.

There is one decisive action we can all take now to help end animal suffering and prevent another global pandemic: abandoning the Me atThe eggs and the dairy products – go vegan!

So help us rid the world of live animal markets. It is not enough to close foreign markets; To prevent other diseases like COVID-19, we need to do more than crack down on some parts of the world. All live animal markets must close, whether they sell deer in Delhi or cows at the Salon de l’Agriculture in Paris.

You can help!

Join PETA in calling on the World Health Organization (WHO) to end dangerous live animal markets around the world.

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