Action Alert

San Francisco Needs Your Help!

SF Live Market

The San Francisco Animal Welfare and Control Commission has bravely taken up a heated battle to ban the keeping and sale of chickens, fish, turtles, and other animals at food markets. San Francisco's Chinatown, local farmers markets, and Fisherman's Wharf conduct wholesale slaughter of animals on the premises and sell millions of live animals for home slaughter. Chickens, baby chicks, ducks, quails, doves, pheasants, turtles, fish, and other living creatures are packed in filthy containers without food or water. Fish have been documented lying on their sides desperately trying to breathe in nearly empty water trays. Live birds are sold with their feet bound together with twist ties and thrown into plastic bags to be taken home and killed--often by children--in whatever manner the buyer chooses.

At the markets, frogs are skinned alive, fish are scaled alive, and turtles have their shells cut off while they are alive.

What Can I Do?

  • Please write a short note expressing your dismay that a city named for the patron saint of animals--St. Francis-- would condone this cruelty for any reason. Politely urge a ban on the keeping and sale of animals in live markets. You might mention that your future vacation plans had included San Francisco but now you just don't feel good about it. Address your letters to:

    Mayor Willie Brown
    City Hall
    401 Van Ness Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (ph: 415-554-4000)

    Mr. Kevin Shelley, Chairman
    SF Board of Supervisors
    City Hall
    401 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102
    (ph: 415-554-6141)

Action Alert from Karen Benzel (ph: 510-814-7227)