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Petitioning Market Manager Christine Adams

Tell California Farmers' Market to Stop Selling Live Birds


The Heart of the City Farmers' Market at the United Nations Plaza in San Francisco sells many fresh fruits, vegetables and meats. However, they also sell live chickens, pheasants, chuckers and quail.

Vendors say there's nothing wrong with the way they handle the birds, but animal advocates think otherwise. 

The live birds are stuffed into crates for transport and when a person makes a purchase, they take their bird home in a plastic bag. At home, the birds are killed and cooked.

Despite numerous animal cruelty complaints, no charges have been filed. California exempts poultry from animal cruelty laws but that doesn't mean birds should be mistreated.

The Heart of the City Farmers' Market is the only market in the city to allow live birds to be purchased.

Urge the market to stop allowing vendors to sell live birds.


Photo credit: Brent Moore


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