The organization said wet markets like the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in China, where the novel coronavirus is believe to have originated, are breeding grounds for deadly diseases.
"The longer poor animal welfare practices continue, the greater the risk of zoonotic disease outbreaks becoming more frequent," said Alesia Soltanpanah of World Animal Protection, U.S.
The National Chicken Council said a record-breaking number of wings were eaten over the Super Bowl weekend.
The capital of Hubei province, where the virus was first discovered, has been on lockdown since January 23.
Animals rights groups have condemned the "disgusting" stunt which has caused outrage on social media, highlighting the need for animal welfare laws to be introduced in China.
The trade has placed unprecedented pressure on global donkey populations and even caused them to suffer drastic declines in some countries.
"The management and protection of private wetlands that is incentivized and funded by the sale of American alligator eggs and hides benefits [other] species as well," the state argued in its complaint.
The six-point buck crashed into Griff Henderson's home in Edmond, Oklahoma, through a storm door and wreaked havoc.
The new piece of legislation will allow law enforcement to prosecute people carrying out acts of cruelty against animals. Anyone who breaks the law will face a hefty fine and a jail sentence of up to 7 years.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a number of animal welfare bills into law today, including a ban on the sale of foie gras.
Keiko Napier and Mitchell Galin said Cooper, their Yorkshire Terrier, was in the backyard of their home in Venice, California, when he was struck by a package thrown over their fence by a FedEx delivery driver.
According to the Brandywine Valley chapter of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BVSPCA), the animals were reportedly living in deplorable conditions.
"Dogfighting is a blight on humanity, one that has no place in the Northern District of Florida or anywhere else," Lawrence Keefe, the United States attorney for the Northern District of Florida, said in a press release.
Report from World Animal Protection reveals cruel practices at aquariums and zoos around the world.
"Pure psychopathic evil," commented one social media user.
Companies show "an almost universal disregard … for improving the treatment of chickens throughout their global supply chains," a report found.
Direct Action Everywhere has been protesting there for years, but now they can't even come in the parking lot.
"Her legs gave way and she had no energy, so I took her to the surgery. By the time I got her there she was half lifeless," one of the victims said.
Animal rights groups have expressed increasing concern about the amendment.
"There has been a history of animal welfare violations" at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, the Humane Society's Kathleen Conlee said.
"They earned their freedom. Let them go to a sanctuary," surgeon and healthcare columnist Eugene Gu said.
The administration withdrew a rule that would require poultry to be housed in spaces large enough to move freely, fully stretch their wings and have some access to outdoor space.
This part-time professor spent nearly half her annual salary on her best friend.
Some scientists are questioning the rationale behind the ban.
The corporation sells dead cats, pigeons and sharks.