The actions even go beyond wet markets—people in Singapore are demanding improvements in the hygiene and welfare of live animals sold in other food and beverage establishments.

The ban is the latest good news to come after our investigations were made public in 2020, which showed turtles and frogs, along with other wild and domesticated animals, trapped in plastic nets or cages until their painful death.

Undercover investigations are the only way the world can know the truth about what happens in wet markets. We must continue to raise public awareness so that further act

This is hopefully just the beginning of more substantial changes to come. Thank you for joining our efforts to ban the sale of live animals at wet markets and continuing to advocate for farmed animals everywhere.

At Animal Equality, our mission is to end cruelty to animals raised and killed for food. Over the last 15 years, our investigations have shown that farmed animals all over the world are in urgent need of help.

Within our work, we’ve found a connection between animal abuse, human health, and our planet. This is especially the case of wet markets, where live animals are transported, traded, and killed without protocols that prevent their suffering or protect the health of the people involved.

This is why we launched an international campaign to demand a ban on the sale and slaughter of live animals at wet markets around the world. Our petition addressed to the United Nations (UN) has collected more than 569,000 worldwide signatures.

On June 17, 2021, the signatures were delivered to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, to the H.E. Mr. Munir Akram, President, U.N. Economic and Social Council c/o Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations, and to the H.E. Nicolas de Rivière, U.N. Security Council President c/o Permanent Mission of the Republic of France to the United Nations.

We are asking the governing body to publicly acknowledge the risks live animal sales pose to global health and urging policymakers all over the world to restrict wet markets from selling live animals.

This international action marks a great milestone in the fight for animals. With the work that Animal Equality has done since its foundation, we’ve collaborated with many important institutions. Today, we’ve contacted one of the most important organizations in the world with a message from animal advocates like you asking that our cause be included in their global policy decisions. We have made farmed animals visible to these world leaders and have done so with your support.

As Sharon mentioned in her video, this incredible achievement would not have been possible without you. We’re very grateful for everything you’ve done for this campaign and for advocating for animals.

Actions like this one will make our world a better place for animals, and we hope we can count on your support again. You can help us continue our life-saving work by making a donation today. Together, we can change the world for animals!


We are starting to see the first steps of progress to end the cruel practice of the sale and slaughter of live animals at wet markets.

In April 2020, Singapore’s Parliament began reviewing the treatment of live animals at wet markets after many scientists raised concerns about the risks of disease transmission. After more than a year of deliberation, the Singapore Food Agency has directed that there be a ban on the sale and slaughter of turtles and live frogs in the country’s wet markets.

This fantastic news has the potential to spare thousands of animals unnecessary harm. For example, Singapore was the number one importer of Asian softshell turtles in 2019—18,200 turtles who were captured and sold alive.

As the images collected by our investigators show, slaughtering turtles and frogs is a common practice in wet markets around the world, not just in Southeast Asia.

This ban is the just latest good news to come out after our investigations into wet markets. And while the road to obtaining more protections for farmed animals is long and full of obstacles, each day we are making significant strides towards creating a world where all animals used for food can live free from pain and suffering.


Public support for our campaign has been overwhelming—a campaign that began to take root a few years ago.

It’s common when we’re investigating one situation, we’re led into another. That was the case during our 6-month investigation into chicken markets in India between 2017-2018, when our investigators infiltrated farms and markets in the cities of Pune, Raigad, and Delhi.

Similar to various countries around the world, chickens raised for meat in India are often slaughtered when sold to meet the demand for fresh meat. This usually takes place at traditional (wet) markets and consumers are accustomed to witnessing the deaths of the animals. In some cases, they can pick out the animal they want while it’s still alive. This is exactly how some chickens are sold and killed in India. As you can see in the video, chickens in India’s wet markets suffer in overcrowded conditions and are deprived of food and water, sometimes for days. Slaughter is carried out without stunning, with the animals left to suffer for minutes after their throats are slit. Aside from this cruelty, hygienic conditions are clearly insufficient to ensure that traders, visitors, and consumers are safe from diseases such as malaria and typhoid.

Coupled with the popularity of these markets is the rise of chicken consumption in India that has been catastrophic for the animals: More and more of them are being raised, transported, overcrowded, and killed, and increasingly so at traditional Indian markets.

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