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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

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.