TAKE ACTION: We need to pass NY Bill A.10399/S.8291, sponsored by NY State Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal and NY State Senator Luis Sepulveda to shut down NYC neighborhood slaughterhouses that are breeding grounds for infectious disease and future pandemics.
Please take a moment today to urge your NY state legislators via phone or E-mail to co-sponsor Bill # A. 10399/S. 8291 and shut down dangerous, cruel live-animal markets. It's crucial that they hear directly from YOU, their constituent, to let them know this issue is very important to you!
COVID-19 is not the first deadly outbreak that started from trafficking or selling live animals for human consumption - Avian Flu, SARS, and others started in similar ways. New York City shockingly has over 70 live-animal slaughter markets, still operating despite the pandemic in crowded neighborhoods; selling live chickens, guinea fowl, ducks, quail, turkeys, pigeons, goats, sheep, cows, rabbits and more for slaughter.
Chickens and other birds are trucked to these markets from factory farms and are then crammed into stacked crates, allowing feces and urine to drop onto animals below. Dead birds are often mixed with live ones in cages. Animals are usually slaughtered by having their throats slit and are bled out - an agonizing death. Most animals that have escaped or were rescued from these markets and brought to animal sanctuaries were found to be ridden with parasitic and bacterial diseases after veterinary tests. Many of these markets have received extensive violations of law. We must shut these places down to protect the health and safety of all New Yorkers and put a stop to the horrific cruelty happening inside.