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NO RESPITE, NO MERCY: Shocking video of Vietnam wet market where animals are cut-up with scissors and struggle to escape

One video clip from the market shows piles of frog intestines on the floor as a worker rips the skin off a frogs legs before chucking it into a bloodied and dirty basket.

LUKE ANDREWS: Shocking footage of a wet market in Vietnam has revealed frogs having their legs cut off with scissors, turtles struggling to escape from cages, and fish being hit with knives as the coronavirus pandemic ravages the globe. Chickens and ducks were also seen sitting on top of each other in cramped cages that were placed next to the decapitated bodies of other ducks, while the skinned bodies of dogs lay on market tables. Workers were often seen handling animals without wearing face masks, aprons and, in one case, plastic gloves…

One clip from the market shows piles of frog intestines on the floor as a worker rips the skin off a frogs legs before chucking it into a bloodied and dirty basket. The scissors used to cut the frog are then placed into the pile of intestines, before being picked up for re-use. In a second clip the fish are seen being decapitated on a block stained red by the blood of other fish moments earlier. One worker is even shown pinning a fish down as they decapitate it without wearing gloves, a face mask, or an apron to cover their clothes…

The animal rights activists that took the footage told MailOnline: ‘The conditions and slaughter process, as well as being horrendous for the animals, pose a real risk for pathogen spread to workers. ‘(They) are constantly exposed to potentially infected animals, and to customers on these busy markets. ‘In these poorly regulated markets animals are usually slaughtered in the middle of market stands, often on the floor among cages filled with more animals – by using simple tools like scissors’…

The World Health Organisation has warned that conditions such as these are ‘unacceptable’ due to the risk they pose to human and animal health. They said: ‘It increases the risk of contamination of the meat with foodborne pathogens’… Animal rights group Open Cages’ CEO, Connor Jackson, said: ‘When will we learn? The covid-19 outbreak has exposed how fragile, cruel and dangerous wet markets are. ‘So we cannot leave animal well-being and the safety of humanity in the hands of ineffective regulations… We urge the Vietnamese authorities to close these facilities immediately’. SOURCE…

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