Sales of dog and cat meat surged in the food delivery apps in Vietnam and Cambodia. This started after some doctors claimed the animals’ “natural properties” to fight off COVID-19.
As the two countries observe community quarantine restrictions, cat and dog meat sellers even transitioned from “dine-in” to “to-go” service.
According to the report, animal charity organization Four Paws is now investigating the existence of trade amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Studies show COVID-19 emerged during the bustling trade of live, exotic animals for consumption in a market in the city of Wuhan in China.
Reports say there were hospital doctors recommending patients to eat such meat.
They also said the meat will protect them from cold weather and immediate recovery from a surgery.
While many countries deliberately reduced the selling of live animals, more sellers of said animals proliferated in wet markets. They even adapted food delivery apps as a takeaway option.
During an interview, Four Paws veterinarian Kathrine Polak raised concerns on unsanitary conditions in the trade.
She also mentioned contamination risks from different animal species caged.
Thus, this makes as a perfect breeding ground of new diseases like COVID-19.
“The rampant trade and live animal markets across Southeast Asia are ticking time bombs,” she added.
“If governments do not act now and shut down these cruel markets, the next global pandemic might originate in Vietnam, Cambodia or Indonesia.”