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Congress Introduces Bipartisan Plan to Stop Wildlife Trafficking

Paws Up! To Senators Cory Booker and John Cornyn for introducing the Preventing Future Pandemics Act of 2020.

October 10, 2020

According to a recent article by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the United States imports roughly 200 million live wild animals annually. Many of these animals are then slaughtered and sold for human consumption. Many scientists and infectious disease experts have linked the current COVID-19 pandemic to the illegal pangolin trade. According to the NRDC, “nearly two-thirds of emerging infectious diseases originate in animals, including SARS, MERS, and Avian Flu, and nearly 1.7 million undiscovered viruses may exist in wildlife.” After seeing what one contagious virus can do to the world, lawmakers are ready to make drastic changes to prevent future pandemics.

Many wild animals, like the pangolin, are becoming endangered due to unregulated trafficking.

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) have introduced a bill that would help prevent the possible incubation and spread of these infectious diseases by restricting the trafficking of wild animals around the world. The Preventing Future Pandemics Act of 2020 would ban the import, export, and trade of wildlife for human consumption in the United States as well as phase out the human consumption of wild animals throughout the world, especially in places with access to alternative protein sources.

Take Action: Please call or email your senators and ask them to support the Preventing Future Pandemics Act of 2020 to ensure a healthier future for humans and wildlife.

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