More than a year after markets in China selling the creatures were revealed as a potential source of Covid-19, street booths in Indonesia were discovered killing and selling various animals, including bats.
Covid: Chinese officials closed the Wuhan market and prohibited selling live animals on the street to repair the country’s reputation following the coronavirus epidemic. Scientists believe the virus began in bats sold in Wuhan and spread to people via other species, likely pangolins.
However, investigators on the country’s largest island, Sulawesi, uncovered merchants promoting bats and rats alongside pigs, dogs, snakes, frogs, chickens, and other animals. Many were observed packed into cages, chained up, or being blowtorched. Traders were also selling chicks that had been dyed brilliant colors to keep them as pets but were unlikely to survive.
According to sources from the animal protection organization Four Paws, the markets have continued to operate untouched by the epidemic, despite the World Health Organization’s demand to halt live animal street sales. According to experts, the unsanitary circumstances at live-animal marketplaces are breeding grounds for zoonotic illnesses, spread from animals to people.
Covid Cramming species into cages in unnatural settings significantly boosts the animals’ stress levels, making them more prone to disease. In addition, bringing together animal species that would never encounter in the wild increases the likelihood of viruses spreading across species.
Witnesses Covid who visited three marketplaces described the circumstances as filthy and harsh. Bats, dogs, and birds were spotted in large numbers at Langowan and Karombasan markets, as well as rats, a mound of snakes, and the colored chicks a “brutal and toxic” sales ploy to persuade parents to buy them for their children.