OUR FIRST INVESTIGATION INTO THE CRUELTY OF WET MARKETS
Our investigators are people who, in addition to infiltrating intensive livestock farming facilities, research, study, and review materials that allow them to know and recognize situations that are illegal and cruel, but also potentially dangerous for humans and the planet.
That is why when they covertly visited the markets in Vietnam and China, they noticed that the situation was similar. In April 2020, our investigators revealed at the beginning of the COVID-19 health emergency that the sale and slaughter of animals in wet markets was a public threat. These investigations were made possible by financial contributions from our supporters, and your donation today will ensure that our investigators can continue to do this important work.
Supported by our footage, we again showed the unsanitary and cruel conditions of unregulated wet markets. We also drew attention to the fact that wild and farmed animals are kept side by side in small cages—animals that in nature would never coexist together.
These animals suffer not only from mistreatment, but also from a weakened immune system from the stress of their transport, confinement, and unhygienic living conditions. Add to that the many shoppers that traffic the markets, and you create the perfect breeding ground for animal-borne diseases that can make the jump to humans.
As you may recall during the early stages of the pandemic, there was much speculation about Asia’s wet markets, and some experts pointed to the need to review these sites for safety.
Wet markets exist all over the world, not just in Asia. That’s why Animal Equality has called for a worldwide ban on the sale and slaughter of live animals at wet or traditional markets.
In April of 2020, we launched an international campaign and petition asking for the ban. In our exclusive footage shot by investigators at wet markets in China, Vietnam, and India, animals such as deer, raccoons, crocodiles, and dogs are shown living in filthy conditions, suffering from dehydration, starvation, and disease.
DESPITE THEIR DANGER, WET MARKETS CONTINUE TO OPERATE
A few months later, we released a second investigation that revealed that the markets’ threat to public health and safety was ongoing. Despite their danger, these places are still open to the public, drawing massive crowds of people, and worse, continuing to trade and brutally kill animals of all kinds.
Given this information, our petition took on greater urgency and we continued to collect signatures.
After a report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) jointly called for the worldwide suspension of the sale of live wild mammals in traditional markets around the world due to the high risk they pose for disease transmission to humans, our urgency to create change increased.
While the report calls for wild animals to be spared, we believe that no animal should be subjected to cruelty at wet markets. Upon delivering over half a million signatures, we have asked the UN to ban the sale of all animals at the world’s wet markets.
Once again, together we give voice to the animals that suffer the most and in the greatest number, ensuring that none are left behind. And as long as we have generous people like you on our side to help fund our work, we will continue to create a world where all animals are respected and protected.