Acclaimed actor and animal-rights advocate Peter Egan, well known for his role as Hugh MacClare in Downton Abbey, has dubbed live animal markets in Indonesia as a 'breeding ground' for zoonotic diseases.
The star, along with comedian Ricky Gervais, has joined the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia (DMFI) coalition, which calls for a complete closure of live animal markets.
The campaign follows the recent Coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak, which is thought to have originated in a crowded 'wet market' in Wuhan, which sold animals including marmots, bats, snakes, wolf pups, turtles, crocodiles, and civet cats.
'It's going to kill us all'
On Twitter, Egan wrote: "Thank you to the team at Change For Animals Foundation and as ever to Ricky Gervais for always answering the call to help the animals...the humans and our planet. I hope Indonesia will listen and close its shocking Extreme Markets and shut down the breeding ground for Zoonotic diseases.
Gervais added: "It’s not the first time a terrible disease has started because of people eating things they shouldn’t. I mean this one comes from eating pangolins. Pangolins! Stop eating everything that moves! It’s going to kill us all!."
You can learn more about the campaign here