Animals Languishing in Filth at Cruel U.S. Live Markets
A Lady Freethinker (LFT) investigation into live animal markets in New York and New Jersey reveals chickens, rabbits, cows, and others are suffering in feces-encrusted cages and enclosures waiting to be killed.
Live markets are filthy slaughterhouses where customers choose live animals, like rabbits and birds, to be butchered on site. LFT’s investigator visited 17 of these horrid facilities and found widespread cruelty and unsanitary conditions at every single one, including:
- Dead animals in cages with live ones, who – with nowhere else to go – were forced to step or lie on the lifeless bodies
- Employees yanking chickens out of cages by their feet or sensitive wings, tying their legs together, and hanging them upside down to be weighed
- Animals with minimal, dirty food and water
- Floors, walls, cages, and enclosures covered with blood, excrement, and other bodily fluids
Here are more of the cruel conditions our investigator uncovered:
Sick and Stressed Animals in Filth
Live Birds in Cages with Their Dead Companions
Hauled to Their Death
Live Markets Could Breed the Next Pandemic
Stacking cages of animals on top of each other makes it easy for excrement, blood, and other bodily fluids to fall from the top and soak the floor and animals at the bottom. These filthy conditions allow disease to spread from animal to animal, and to humans who encounter them.
Many markets are located just blocks away from homes, schools, and restaurants, making it likely that blood, excrement, and other fluids will be picked up by shoes and spread into other areas, including homes and businesses.
The Suffering MUST End
Help today by signing our petition urging authorities in New York and New Jersey to immediately shut down and ban live animal markets across the states – and share this information with your friends and family.
And remember – you can help animals who are needlessly and violently killed for food every day by always choosing kind plant-based options that don’t cause them to suffer and die.
More photos from LFT’s investigation below:
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