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An Immediate Threat to Public Health

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.

3 out of every 4 new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals.

Report on Zoonotic Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


If you take wild animals and you put them into a market with domestic animals or other animals, where there’s an opportunity for a virus to jump species, you are creating … a superhighway for viruses to go from the wild into people. We can’t do this anymore. We can’t tolerate this anymore. I want the wild animal markets closed.

Dr. Ian Lipkin

The animals have been transported over large distances and are crammed together into cages. They are stressed and immunosuppressed and excreting whatever pathogens they have in them. With people in large numbers in the market and in intimate contact with the body fluids of these animals, you have an ideal mixing bowl for [disease] emergence.

Prof Andrew Cunningham

Animal Cruelty Worldwide

Animal Equality is an international organization working with society, governments, and companies to end cruelty to farmed animals. Our investigations are the most important work we do and have helped millions of animals.