The wet markets in China have been selling exotic animals of all varieties for decades. Wildlife is skinned and butchered on the sidewalk you stand on.
Although officials have closed down the main markets, there are still some vendors performing this unethical practice, and some even offering cat and dog meat.
However, the very foundation of Chinese culture has been shaking, and things are beginning to change.
Keep scrolling for the shocking footage...
Wet markets are still selling animals butchered in front of shoppers.Despite being blamed for the coronavirus outbreak!
Experts warn these sites are a "ticking time bomb."
via: VimeoIf not shut down, this could lead to a new disease sweeping the world and taking out another 45,000 more people with it.
There really is no end to the variety of wildlife killed and sold.
via: VimeoThese "perishable goods" sold at wet markets all across China consist of animals such as; raccoons, eagles, bats, dogs, cats, otters, snakes, tortoises, and peacocks, which are just some of many animals traded dead or alive.
These wilds animal products have been linked to outbreaks of Zoonotic diseases.
Coronaviruses, such as #COVID19, are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted from animals to humans. Such illnesses… https://t.co/ETbR2Ltoso— United Nations (@United Nations)1585443780.0
The Chinese government has closed these grisly shops.
"We've managed to encroach on every corner of the planet into the natural world. Normally we would not be coming in… https://t.co/CXPaX3o9Pf— Denise Balkissoon (@Denise Balkissoon)1585332851.0
Business as usual.
The horseshoe bat Chinese scientists identified as being the origin of the coronavirus was not sold at the meat mar… https://t.co/cbkCLtLH9v— Paul Joseph Watson (@Paul Joseph Watson)1585741826.0
Many are using a single blade.
Dear @SpeakerPelosi, Right now, there are Chinese wet markets STILL selling bats. Stop using your energy trying t… https://t.co/iAXozPzFkV— Andrew Pollack (@Andrew Pollack)1585666759.0
According to reports, Indonesia's Tomohon market is up and running.
Barbequed bats are a specialty.
#LECHAT dort... #Wuhan #COVID19 https://t.co/dTP5LYL3uS— Gael Caron (@Gael Caron)1585828482.0
The animals experience extreme stress.
If China keeps these markets open the world should treat that as an act of biological and economic warfare and shou… https://t.co/0VqGm7eMYr— Ryan Saavedra (@Ryan Saavedra)1585732132.0
It's all about the money... what's new.
Wuhan Market is back????!!!!!! WHATTTTTTT???? https://t.co/hhSmtwlfte— Danilla Riyadi (@Danilla Riyadi)1585805924.0
But it's not just wildlife they're selling on these markets.
via: TwitterMany of these stalls contain pets that have been stolen from the streets or backyards of loving owners, just to make some money.
Shenzhen has become the first city to ban the production and consumption of cat and dog meat.
CHINA: City of Shenzhen becomes the first in the country to ban the eating of cats and dogs— The Spectator Index (@The Spectator Index)1585816090.0
Lawmakers have called it a "universal civilization requirement for a modern society."
According the US intelligence, China lied and concealed the extent of the Corona virus outbreak. That bad data led… https://t.co/kVLnMgu9Jk— Bill Browder (@Bill Browder)1585757112.0
Animal activists have been calling for these measures for years.
Solidarity with the animal activists in #Wuhan where 50'000 animals have been unintentionally stranded or abandoned… https://t.co/EWUMpnGnJ3— Alicia V. Perry💜💙 (@Alicia V. Perry💜💙)1582137749.0
Shenzhen's new ruling on cat and dog meat will be a permanent ban.
Your screaming louder for the voiceless has been heard! On March 31, 2020, the Shenzhen Congress officially outlawe… https://t.co/IBExNUf8VI— Jeffrey Beri (@Jeffrey Beri)1585786322.0
Dr. Peter Li of the Humane Society welcomed the news.
via: TwitterSaying: "With Shenzhen taking the historic decision to become mainland China's first city to ban dog and cat meat consumption, this really could be a watershed moment in efforts to end this brutal trade that kills an estimated 10 million dogs and 4 million cats in China every year. The majority of these companion animals are stolen from people's back yards or snatched from the streets, and are spirited away on the backs of trucks to be beaten to death in slaughterhouses and restaurants across China."
Maybe trump and the republicans could have gotten a clue about how serious the corona-virus was from these 2/10/20… https://t.co/BlNENzKbjZ— Thomas Kaine (@Thomas Kaine)1585778738.0