Inside Nigeria’s wet markets where monkeys and sea turtles are sold dead and alive amid fears the next virus could break out in Africa
SHOCKING images show the grim reality of a wet market in Nigeria where pangolins, monkeys and turtles are sold dead and alive.
The chilling images come amid fears that the next pandemic may emerge from one of those barbaric markets outside of China, where a vast array of exotic animals are being killed in horrific conditions.
Animal activists from WildatLife, who took the photos, managed to save LIVE boiled pangolins and sea turtle at the Oluwo Fish Market in Lagos, Nigeria.
They saw a number of alien species held in cages and then slaughtered, including snakes, dwarf crocodiles and monkeys as well as huge reptiles such as Nile monitor lizards.
Activists also saw civets – a small nocturnal animal that looks like a badger – being sold in the market.
Civets were the species that transported the SARS coronavirus from bats to humans in China in 2002.
One of the theories about the origins of Covid-19 is that it first passed from animals to humans in a dirty wet market in Wuhan.
In the Lagos market, a video shows an animal, later identified as a dog by vets due to the formation of its skull, boiled alive in a tub of dirty water.
Another gruesome clip reveals a market trader skinning a baby crocodile with a knife, mercilessly removing the scales from the creature’s face.
It comes after Boris Johnson suggested that the ‘demented’ practice of harvesting pangolin scales may have caused the Covid-19 outbreak.
He made the remarks in a virtual speech at the One Planet Summit, stating: “Like the original plague that struck the Greeks that I remember in the first book of the Iliad, it is a zoonotic disease.
“It comes from bats or pangolins, from the demented belief that if you crush the scales of a pangolin you will somehow become more powerful or whatever people believe is from this. collision between mankind and the natural world and we have to stop it.
The WildatLife team managed to save two freshly poached white-bellied pangolins and a sea turtle as they were about to be boiled alive.
The animals are now safe and recovering from the ordeal. They have been checked by a veterinarian specializing in wildlife and will soon be released into the ocean.
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Wildlife curator Carly G Åhlén, of Wildatlife, said the footage showed blood-soaked wet markets outside of China.
She said, “It’s not just China that has a taste for endangered species like the pangolin and primates, and we hope our investigative footage will help us achieve justice for critically endangered animals. ‘extinction and to stop crimes against wildlife before it is too late for these endangered species.
“We must shut down wet markets internationally if we are to achieve true balance with our planet and prevent further pandemics from occurring.”