Global campaign launched to ban wet markets

Will wildlife wet markets in China open again?
Wet market in China, 2016 © Kelly Guerin / We Animals

Just one day after launching, 60 thousand people have already signed the petition to ask the United Nations (UN) to immediately close all wet markets in the world for public health and safety.

The petition is part of a campaign from the international animal rights organization Animal Equality. They urge the UN to close the markets, not only for the immediate danger to humans but also because they are intensely cruel and extremely inhumane to animals.

Wet markets get their name in part from the blood, guts, scales and water that soak the stalls’ floors, leftovers from animals brutally killed for customers who desire to eat freshly killed meat.

They say that the wet markets are a breeding ground for diseases; it is where SARS originated, and where scientists believe COVID-19 began. 

Animal Equality shot footage at wet markets in China, Vietnam and India. In the videos, you see deer, raccoons, crocodiles, chickens, goats, cats and dogs living in filthy conditions, suffering from dehydration, starvation and disease.

Sign the petition here.

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