Animal Equality has launched a worldwide campaign and petition calling for the immediate closure of live animal markets across the globe.
In exclusive footage shot by Animal Equality at live animal markets in China, Vietnam and India, animals such as deer, raccoons, crocodiles, dogs, goats and chickens are shown living in filthy conditions, suffering from dehydration, starvation and disease.
These markets are also a threat to public health and have been the source of documented disease outbreaks in the past, including SARS.
Researchers also believe COVID-19 most likely originated from a live animal market in Wuhan, China, notorious for trading in wild animals.
It is because of the public health crisis live animal markets cause, as well as the intense suffering inflicted on farmed animals, that Animal Equality is urging the United Nations to ban all live animal markets. Not only do these markets pose an immediate danger to humans, but they are also intensely cruel and abhorrently inhumane to animals.
In markets across the world, live animals are traded and brutally slaughtered for customers who desire to eat fresh meat.
It is in these unregulated markets where diseases like SARS originated, and where scientists believe COVID-19 began.
Exotic and traditionally farmed animals are mixed together in cramped cages and unsanitary enclosures, creating the perfect breeding ground for zoonotic diseases like COVID-19.
It is because of the public health crisis these markets cause, as well as the intense suffering inflicted on farmed animals, that these live animal markets need to be banned.
In India there is no health inspection conducted before the animals are slaughtered at these markets. The Indian food safety laws prohibit meat shops from slaughtering animals.
In 2017, Animal Equality presented its investigation to the government along with a request to stop slaughter of animals at these markets
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