PETA Says WHO Live-Animal Market Crackdown a Half Measure

For Immediate Release:
April 13, 2021

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Washington – Below, please find a statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in response to the World Health Organization’s new announcement that—because of the zoonotic disease threat posed by live-animal markets—it’s urging governments to suspend the trade in live-caught mammals:

The World Health Organization (WHO) has now taken one of the two steps that PETA requested of it during a solid year of appeals, undercover video recordings of live-animal markets, “blood”-soaked protests, and gathering signatures from more than 200,000 supporters. WHO is recommending a suspension of the trade in live mammalian wild animals but ignoring the plight of chickens, ducks, fish, and frogs who are caged and slaughtered in filth and leaving the door open for the next pandemic to emerge. Every live-animal market must close, whether it sells bats in Indonesia or birds in Brooklyn.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind