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Around the world, animals are traded on market stands for meat and medicinal products. It’s no secret that many of the species sought after for traditional medicine also happen to be critically endangered. The demand for tiger bone, rhino horn, pangolin scales and bear bile drive a lucrative trade. These animals and many more are big business for illegal poachers. Furthermore, the open-air 'wet markets' that sell these wild animals products, as well as freshly butchered domestic livestock, have become breeding grounds for animal-borne diseases. It was in a wet market that bird flu, SARS and - more recently - coronavirus made the jump from animal to human hosts...

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Tiger skin, skull and bones {Panthera tigris} illegal trade, India - Vivek Menon
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Vivek Menon / Tiger skin, skull and bones {Panthera tigris} illegal trade, India
Looking down over crowded market scene, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China 2007 - Gavin Hellier
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Gavin Hellier / Looking down over crowded market scene, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China 2007
Small mammals (rodents) tied to cages with string at the Chatuchak Market, Thailand. - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Small mammals (rodents) tied to cages with string at the Chatuchak Market, Thailand.
Woman at an early-morning 'wet market' or produce market, carves up pig meat for sale in Taipei, Taiwan, January 2019. - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Woman at an early-morning 'wet market' or produce market, carves up pig meat for sale in Taipei, Taiwan, January 2019.
Roasted dog meat for sale, hanging from hooks. Vietnam. - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Roasted dog meat for sale, hanging from hooks. Vietnam.
Roasted dog meat for sale, hanging from hooks. Hanoi Market, Vietnam. - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Roasted dog meat for sale, hanging from hooks. Hanoi Market, Vietnam.
Dead animals cooked and sold for meat, hanging from hooks at the Hanoi Market In Vietnam. - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Dead animals cooked and sold for meat, hanging from hooks at the Hanoi Market In Vietnam.
Market vendor holding a cobra at Hanoi Market, Vietnam. - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Market vendor holding a cobra at Hanoi Market, Vietnam.
Market vendor holding live snake at Hanoi Market, Vietnam. - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Market vendor holding live snake at Hanoi Market, Vietnam.
Young girl with a stuffed leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) at Bac Ha Market, Vietnam. - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Young girl with a stuffed leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) at Bac Ha Market, Vietnam.
Stuffed leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) at Bac Ha Market, Vietnam. - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Stuffed leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) at Bac Ha Market, Vietnam.
Genet (Genetta sp) for sale as bushmeat alongside the road, Sichuan, China - Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China
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Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China / Genet (Genetta sp) for sale as bushmeat alongside the road, Sichuan, China
Chinese / Small toothed ferret badger (Melogale moschata) close up of carcass being sold for meat in local market, Hainan Island, China, April 2012. - Shibai Xiao
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Shibai Xiao / Chinese / Small toothed ferret badger (Melogale moschata) close up of carcass being sold for meat in local market, Hainan Island, China, April 2012.
Tiger {Panthera tigris} skull and bones taken from illegal trade, India - Vivek Menon
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Vivek Menon / Tiger {Panthera tigris} skull and bones taken from illegal trade, India
Tiger leg bones and feet with claws for sale as medicine by Tibetans in a market near Fugong, Yunnan Province, China 2006 - Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Tiger leg bones and feet with claws for sale as medicine by Tibetans in a market near Fugong, Yunnan Province, China 2006
Tiger leg bones and feet with claws together for sale as medicine by Tibetans in a market near Fugong, Yunnan Province, China 2006 - Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Tiger leg bones and feet with claws together for sale as medicine by Tibetans in a market near Fugong, Yunnan Province, China 2006
Tiger (Panthera tigris) paw and penis as a potency remedy, market in Chengdu, China - Konrad Wothe
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Konrad Wothe / Tiger (Panthera tigris) paw and penis as a potency remedy, market in Chengdu, China
Dog meat for sale in Tomohon market, Celebes, Indonesia. - Cyril Ruoso
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Cyril Ruoso / Dog meat for sale in Tomohon market, Celebes, Indonesia.
Roasted dog meat for sale, hanging from hooks, alongside other mixed goods, including hats, bananas and cold drinks. Hanoi Market, Vietnam. - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Roasted dog meat for sale, hanging from hooks, alongside other mixed goods, including hats, bananas and cold drinks. Hanoi Market, Vietnam.
Tortoise in a dealers net, Ximen market, Xining, capital Qinghai Province, China - Dr. Axel Gebauer
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Dr. Axel Gebauer / Tortoise in a dealers net, Ximen market, Xining, capital Qinghai Province, China
Worker cutting shell off a live turtle at a wet market in Taiwan. - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Worker cutting shell off a live turtle at a wet market in Taiwan.
Worker cutting shell off a live turtle at a wet market in Taiwan. - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Worker cutting shell off a live turtle at a wet market in Taiwan.
Roasted bats, with wings clipped, at the Tomohon food market, north of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The market sells wild animals for human consumption. - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Roasted bats, with wings clipped, at the Tomohon food market, north of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The market sells wild animals for human consumption.
Roasted bats, with wings clipped, at the Tomohon food market, north of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The market sells wild animals for human consumption. - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Roasted bats, with wings clipped, at the Tomohon food market, north of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The market sells wild animals for human consumption.
Roasted rats on skewers at the Tomohon food market, north of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The market sells wild animals for human consumption. - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Roasted rats on skewers at the Tomohon food market, north of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The market sells wild animals for human consumption.
Small mammals (rodents) for sale at Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand. Tied to cages with string. - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Small mammals (rodents) for sale at Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand. Tied to cages with string.
Caged dog for sale at Hanoi Market, Vietnam. - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Caged dog for sale at Hanoi Market, Vietnam.
Small black puppy at Bac Ha Market, Vietnam. - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Small black puppy at Bac Ha Market, Vietnam.
Two caged cats for sale at Hanoi Market, Vietnam. - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Two caged cats for sale at Hanoi Market, Vietnam.
Various birds and rabbits in cages for sale at Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand. - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Various birds and rabbits in cages for sale at Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand.
Market vendor feeding parrots held in a glass display case at Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand. - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Market vendor feeding parrots held in a glass display case at Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand.
Open-air food market in central Beijing, China, with butterfly pupae on skewers in foreground. - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Open-air food market in central Beijing, China, with butterfly pupae on skewers in foreground.
Butterfly pupae on skewers, next to chicken and crab skewers. Open-air food market in central Beijing, China. - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Butterfly pupae on skewers, next to chicken and crab skewers. Open-air food market in central Beijing, China.
Scorpion skewers ready to eat. Open-air food market in central Beijing, China. - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Scorpion skewers ready to eat. Open-air food market in central Beijing, China.
Crickets on skewers. Open-air food market in central Beijing, China. - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Crickets on skewers. Open-air food market in central Beijing, China.
Caterpillars and butterfly pupae on skewers, ready to eat. Open-air food market in central Beijing, China. - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Caterpillars and butterfly pupae on skewers, ready to eat. Open-air food market in central Beijing, China.
Starfish next to aquatic beetles on skewers. Open-air food market in central Beijing, China. - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Starfish next to aquatic beetles on skewers. Open-air food market in central Beijing, China.
Starfish next to butterfly pupae on skewers. Open-air food market in central Beijing, China. - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Starfish next to butterfly pupae on skewers. Open-air food market in central Beijing, China.
Open-air food market in central Beijing, China, with butterfly pupae on skewers in foreground. - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Open-air food market in central Beijing, China, with butterfly pupae on skewers in foreground.
Hill myna (Gracula religiosa), caught in the wild, for sale at a truckstop, Shaanxi, China. - Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China
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Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China / Hill myna (Gracula religiosa), caught in the wild, for sale at a truckstop, Shaanxi, China.
Cobras for sale at Conghua Market, Guangzhou, China. - Xiao Shibai / Wild Wonders of China
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Xiao Shibai / Wild Wonders of China / Cobras for sale at Conghua Market, Guangzhou, China.
Traders selling iguanas in the Conghua market, Guangzhou, China. - Xiao Shibai / Wild Wonders of China
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Xiao Shibai / Wild Wonders of China / Traders selling iguanas in the Conghua market, Guangzhou, China.
Traders dismembering crocodiles in the Conghua market, Guangzhou, China. - Xiao Shibai / Wild Wonders of China
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Xiao Shibai / Wild Wonders of China / Traders dismembering crocodiles in the Conghua market, Guangzhou, China.
A store that secretly sells pangolins, which were hidden at a rented house nearby. Conghua market, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. - Xiao Shibai / Wild Wonders of China
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Xiao Shibai / Wild Wonders of China / A store that secretly sells pangolins, which were hidden at a rented house nearby. Conghua market, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.
Colour changed tree monitors / Garden lizard (Calotes versicolor) and Bronze skinks (Lygosoma indicum) hanging up at market ready to sell as pets, Hainan Island, China, January 2007. No release availa... - Shibai Xiao
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Shibai Xiao / Colour changed tree monitors / Garden lizard (Calotes versicolor) and Bronze skinks (Lygosoma indicum) hanging up at market ready to sell as pets, Hainan Island, China, January 2007. No release availa...
Iguanas in a cage for sale, Conghua Market, Guangzhou, China. - Xiao Shibai / Wild Wonders of China
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Xiao Shibai / Wild Wonders of China / Iguanas in a cage for sale, Conghua Market, Guangzhou, China.
A python being butchered at the Tomohon food market, north of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The market sells wild animals for human consumption. - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / A python being butchered at the Tomohon food market, north of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The market sells wild animals for human consumption.
Cooked dog meat resting on cage with live dogs. Tomohon food market, north of Sulawesi, Indonesia. - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Cooked dog meat resting on cage with live dogs. Tomohon food market, north of Sulawesi, Indonesia.
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