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Banning Live Animal Markets (Los Angeles)

Prohibiting the sale of live animals for human consumption (Motion 20-0425)

The Los Angeles City Council is considering a measure, Motion 20-0425, that would ban the sale of living animals for human consumption in the city.

Updated

February 23, 2021

Work Type

Legislation

Status

Active

Animals in live markets suffer immensely before they’re killed. Confined to small, dirty cages and stacked atop one another, these animals spend their final days in fear. In Los Angeles, chickens, bullfrogs, goats, and turtles are among the species trafficked and warehoused before being sold at these cruel facilities.

The Los Angeles City Council is considering a measure, Motion 20-0425, that would ban the sale of living animals for human consumption in the city. In addition to harming animals, live markets pose a major threat to public health. Intensively confined in unsanitary conditions and highly stressed, animals at live markets are particularly vulnerable to becoming vectors of disease. Considering the close proximity of the animals to humans, the risk is even greater that a human will come into contact with a pathogen that ultimately results in a zoonotic disease.

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