Shutting down the illegal animal trade section of the “Sonora Market”
The Sonora Market is a popular destination for locals and tourists, mostly for it’s magic and toys section.
There is also a hidden section where endangered and protected animal species (among others) are sold. Thousands of animals pass through this market each day in horrible conditions - many of them barely alive, living in dirt, mistreated, without access to food/water. It is a feasting ground of illness, a place were a pandemic-like virus can originate from (this has happened before), and an absolute disgrace to anyone who has ever even laid eyes on an animal.
Unfortunately it also serves as a sourcing ground for Santeria - a complex religion that entails slaughtering animals to provide sacrifices as offerings. It is a high priority item to close this section of the market and end the suffering of these poor animals.
Seres Libres has lobbied for the closure of the market for several years and is now working side by side with the PAOT (Environmental and Territorial Planning Attorney's Office) on developing strategies to shutdown the market and creating employment alternatives for the people who sell animals illegally.
At this point, the information we can publish is limited to avoid potential legal conflicts, however, we will not stop until this section of the market is shutdown.