Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) joins 68 members of the United States Congress in calling on the Directors General of the World Health Organization, World Organisation for Animal Health, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to take aggressive action for a global shut down of live wildlife markets (also known as “wet” markets) and to ban the international trade of live wildlife that is not intended for conservation purposes.
“These markets have long been a hot-bed of severe animal cruelty,” said spcaLA President, Madeline Bernstein. “That coupled with the threat to public health makes the time to shut these down long overdue – enough is enough.”
Among other things, vendors at these wet markets sell wild animals for consumption, creating high potential for zoonotic disease transmission. It is believed that the 2003 SARS outbreak originated in a wet market and may be the source of the current COVID-19.
Members of the public are urged to contact their U.S. Representatives and Senators and demand that action be taken. These wet markets are not only inhumane but are a threat to the safety and well-being of all citizens of the world.