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Amid COVID-19 Outbreak, Activists Rally at City Hall to Shut Down the 85 Live Animal Markets and Slaughterhouses in NYC

March 18, 2020 by Leave a Comment


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As New York City began to shut down due to the spread of COVID-19, approximately twenty public health and animal rights activists staged a rally at City Hall to demand that city and state health authorities shut down the 85 live animal markets and slaughterhouses in NYC. COVID-19, also known as the corona virus, is believed to have jumped to humans from animals being sold in a live animal market in Wuhan, China.

“Live markets, which are storefront slaughterhouses open to the public, are a petri dish of infectious diseases that jeopardize the health of all New Yorkers,” said Jill Carnegie, an organizer with Slaughter Free NYC.

Amid COVID-19 outbreak, public health and animal rights activists are asking New York City and State health officials, including NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot and Assistant Commission Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, to shut down the 85 live animal markets and slaughterhouses in NYC

After the corona virus outbreak was traced back to a “wet market” in Wuhan which sold wild and domesticated animals for meat, the Chinese government is reported to have shuttered live animal markets across the country.

“The pandemic didn’t happen to us; we brought it upon ourselves because we didn’t learn our lesson from bird flu, swine flu, mad cow, SARS and the many other infectious diseases that jumped to humans from the animals who we eat,” said Maureen Medina, an organizer with Slaughter Free NYC. “Mother Nature has sent us so many warnings, and we’ve put bandaids on all of them instead of taking the most obvious measure to prevent them, which is to switch to a plant-base diet.”

An estimated 85 live animal markets in NYC sell cows, chickens, goats, sheep, guinea pigs, rabbits and others animals who they slaughter on site

Slaughter Free NYC and The Save Movement have been staging vigils and conducting educational outreach at live markets in NYC. Organizers hope that the COVID-19 pandemic will be a wake-up call for elected officials and for the New York City Department of Health and NY State Ag & Markets who have, until now, ignored their pleas to shutter the city’s live markets.  Slaughter Free NYC has launched a petition.

Slaughter Free NYC Petition to Shut Down Live Animal Markets and Slaughterhouses in heavily populated five boroughs of New York



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  1. Pro-life says:

    Babe! I am for it. Let’s do it all and end Abortion once and for all! Saves Lives! Stop murdering babies!

  2. babe says:

    To the person who posted about abortion clinics. If y’all are concerned about saving people’s lives, demand Medicare for All, because people are dying from lack of access to proper medical coverage/any medical coverage. If you care about saving peoples lives, release the children in detention centers that are being abused and sold to sex traffickers!!!

  3. Callum says:

    HORRENDOUS STOP THE EVIL WET MARKETS, WHICH CAUSED COVID-19

  4. Pro-life says:

    Abortion clinics kill unborn babies. If you are for getting rid of animal slaughter human slaughter should be just as important.

    BTW These markets in NYC didn’t spread CORONAVIRUS either but you don’t seem to have an issue trying to close them down in an already beat up economy. Good job on getting rid of legal jobs…..

  5. Michael Simpson says:

    Abortion clinics didn’t cause the COVID-19 outbreak; live animals markets did. I therefore think you’re posting on the wrong story

  6. Pro-life says:

    Next close the abortion clinics! In this time we should be saving people not killing!

  7. Diana Elson says:

    This m UST be STOPPED

  8. Theresa says:

    So wonderful to see our people out demanding closure of these filthy hell holes! A determined effort at this time will certainly win through, because this needs to be brought right into the arena while this virus is rampant to make people understand what’s at stake, to save trillions of innocent lives! Only by going vegan will humans survive!

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